Newcastle United's search for a replacement for Andy Carroll might lead to them sealing a deal for Hamburg striker Mladen Petric.
After the sale of Carroll in the January transfer window, manager Alan Pardew has been promised that the £35 million recouped for him will be available to invest in the current squad.
Having been linked with a host of strikers, Petric has now emerged as the favourite to make a move to St James's Park.
The 30-year-old has scored 11 goals this season for Hamburg, including a hat-trick in his last Bundesliga outing against Cologne.
He'll be best remembered for scoring Croatia's winning goal against England at Wembley, a goal that assured that Steve McClaren's side wouldn't qualify for the European Championships in 2008 and that the former Middlesborough boss would also lose his job.
Pardew is in dire need of rejigging his attacking options after the loss of Carroll, with Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Shefti Kuqi and Nile Ranger having amounted just 18 goals between them this season.
Hamburg are expected to demand £10m this summer for Petric, and Newcastle, with £35 million to spend this summer will be keen to acquire his services.
As well as Petric, the likes of Robbie Keane, Edinson Cavani and Brazilian Adriano have all been linked with a move to Newcastle.
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