Borussia Monchengladbach's talismanic forward, Max Kruse, is being heavily linked with a move to St James' Park as Alan Pardew is eyeing up a £9 million move for the German international, reports the Daily Mirror.
His season at the Bundesliga side has got off to a flying start so far with five goals in eight appearances which contribute towards his entire 17 goals in 43 appearances before joining the club from SC Freiburg last summer.
Emmanuel Riviere has deeply disappointed so far and Siem De Jong's ongoing injury issues have suggested Alan Pardew wasted his money in the summer transfer window, but the Magpies boss is lining up a more convincing bid for a much more clinical forward in the upcoming transfer window.
After recently making Joachim Low's highly rated German international side, his profile has taken a huge rise and his strike against the United States last year got his Germany goalscoring tally underway, however the 26-year-old is yet to proceed on that statistic with just 10 appearances to his name.
The Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew partnership was put to the test after a turbulent start to the season for the north east side, but previous transfer negotiations to bring Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Loic Remy to the club have all proved successful, yet in the long run, their deals haven't all been as prolific.
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But with Kruse's clinical profile has pricked the ears of Pardew and the Newcastle manager has confirmed his interest in the Monchengladbach hitman.
"We've been excellent, absolutely terrific since that win against Leicester. Now we have to improve. There is no point in standing still and staying where we are. We have to move forward," he told the press during an interview on Thursday.
"Max (Kruse) is certainly someone we're watching carefully [but] some things are best kept quiet."
But it's not just Newcastle that are showing interest in the German international. 2nd placed Southampton are considering on making a move for Kruse, and a move to the south coast may take his fancy due to their high profile of late.