Newcastle United's bid to sign Paris Saint Germain striker Mevlut Erding is under threat amid reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
According to the London Metro, Erding is also attracting attention from newly crowned Ligue 1 champions Lille, who are also plotting a late offer from the in-demand frontman.
Speaking after the recent capture of Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye, Magpies boss Alan Pardew confirmed interest in the 24-year-old Turkish international:
"Erding has always been on our radar - he's a very good player but that is all I will say at the moment.
"We are working extremely hard to make deals happen and I'm pretty happy with how things have gone [in the transfer window] so far."
Whilst Newcastle still remain the favourites to bring Erding to St James' Park this summer, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is stepping up his pursuit of a new striker.
The ever-vigilant Spurs chief has also been linked with moves for Leandro Damiao, Diego Forlan and Didier Drogba in recent weeks with a view to strengthening his White Hart Lane squad.
But Redknapp is now thought to have turned his attention to the talented Turk, and will meet with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to try and sanction a deal.
However both Tottenham and Newcastle will now face competition from Lille for Erding's signature, after the French outfit's general manager Frederic Paquet told Mercato365:
"Mevlut Erding is a player that we are following. There is no contact, but we know about him. He's a great player," he confirmed.
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