Newcastle have joined the race to acquire the services of unhappy Leeds United captain Ross McCormack, according to the Yorkshire Post.
McCormack is thought to be unhappy at the decision to sack his former manager Brian McDermott and is now looking for an exit at Elland Road.
Scottish international and last seasons Championship top goalscorer is contracted with the Yorkshire club until 2017, but is looking to progress his career following Leeds failure to gain promotion to the Premier League.
Newcastle are keen to improve their striking options for next season, only scoring 43 goals last campaign, 16 more than the McCormack scored on his own.
The Toon have released cult hero Shola Aneobi who has spent 14 years in the Magpies first team after coming through their youth system.
Any ambitions to qualify for the Europa league faded as Newcastle took their at the end of last season, only winning two of their last 10 games.
As questions are being asked by the supporters of the ambition of the club, more specifically of the owner and manager, Pardew needs to secure a big name signing to get the fans excited for next years Premier League striker.
On loan striker Loic Remy bagged 14 goals last campaign but it is unlikely he will join on a permanent basis with reports linking him with a move to the Emirates.
Pappis Cisse has not found his previous form since the departure of strike partner Demba Ba's move to Chelsea.
Geordies will be hoping that owner Mike Ashley will invest money this transfer window to challenge for European places this time around.
Leeds fans will be disappointed if they lose one of their prized assets, but with a £1 million pounds loan still allegedly not paid the club could be forced to sell one of their big earners.
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