Newcastle are planning a January swoop for Luuk de Jong, the Daily Mirror claims, with the striker also a target for Liverpool.
De Jong was first discovered by England boss Steve McClaren at FC Twente, and the 21-year-old has been watched by numerous scouts around Europe.
Liverpool and Newcastle have both emerged as front runners to secure de Jong in January, with the Toon particularly desperate to bolster their forward line after the departure of Andy Carroll.
Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool at almost literally the last minute of the January transfer window, for a £35 million fee - a record for a British player.
And while Newcastle had assured fans that they would replace the now-Merseyside star, they were only able to land Demba Ba on a free transfer before deadline day closed on August 31.
But the move has paid surprising dividends for Newcastle, with Demba Ba boasting eight goals so far this season, while Carroll has scored just three at Liverpool.
The Toon are hoping to continue to build on their forward line, and while they still plan on bringing in Sochaux star Modibo Maiga, the north eastern club want to put in a £10-12 million bid for de Jong.
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