Newcastle have been linked with a somewhat surprising move for Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, who will leave Turin next summer.
The Guardian has speculated that the Toon could be one of several clubs put on alert after the 36-year-old was told by Juve he would not be offered a new contract.
Del Piero's agent has confirmed this decision will not encourage his client to end his career but, instead, the Italian will pursue opportunities further afield.
“President Andrea Agnelli said Del Piero will no longer be a Bianconeri player, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stop with football," Claudio Pasqualin told Radio Mana Mana.
"He may well look to an experience abroad."
Newcastle are known to be in the market for goalscoring reinforcements, although these are likely to come in January.
Reports in the French press claim Newcastle are close to agreement with Sochaux that will see Mali striker Modibo Maiga move to St James' Park in the New Year.
Alan Pardew had attempted to sign Maiga in the summer, but was left frustrated by the frugality of the Newcastle board.