Newcastle United’s pursuit of young English talent could see the club turn their attentions to Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker.
The former Tottenham star, who only moved to the Welsh side from the Londoners last summer, is reportedly keen to remain in the Premier League.
According to a report from the Chronicle, the 22-year-old’s contract with Cardiff City contains an £8 million release clause which Newcastle United could be about to exercise.
They could face competition from Tottenham though, with Spurs thought to be weighing up a shock move to bring the defender back to White Hart Lane.
A move to Newcastle could be a more palatable option for Caulker though, after the defender grew frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities during his previous spell with the Lilywhites.
The Magpies have made no secret of their desire to recruit another centre-back either, as they aim to replace Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is thought to have been deemed surplus to requirements at St James’ Park.
Newcastle are also searching for additional attacking reinforcements, with Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Red Bull Salzburg forward Jonathan Soriano both recently linked with moves to the club.
Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback has already arrived at the club on a free transfer, while Tenerife youngster Ayoze Perez has arrived on Tyneside for €2 million as Newcastle aim to build on a solid mid-table finish last season.