Luc Castaignos could be set to make a switch to Newcastle in January, with the club keen to bolster their striking options.
The 22-year-old forward, compared to Thierry Henry and scouted by Manchester United, Real Madrid and Arsenal as a teenager, has been a long-term target for the Magpies.
The North East club attempted to bring him to the Premier League in 2011, before the forward signed for Inter Milan, as well as in 2012, when he returned to the Netherlands after an unsuccessful spell in Italy.
With United keen on strengthening their attacking options in the January window, with leading scorer Papiss Cisse set to miss early 2015 due to involvement with Senegal in the African Cup of Nations, scouts were sent to watch action involving the France and Netherlands Under-21 sides during the ongoing international break, with Chronicle Live reporting that the current FC Twente forward was the key target highlighted.
He has netted five goals already this season, and he offers a physical presence missing from the Magpies side in the current era. With a move for former prospect Andy Carroll looking increasingly unlikely, manager Alan Pardew is said to be keen on making a striker his first priority, with goals hard to come by in the dreadful start to the season endured at St James’ Park.
A move for Burnley star Danny Ings was also said to be considered over the summer, but his failure to adapt to the Premier League has seen any potential interest in the Englishman disappear, and Pardew is looking abroad once again.
Castaignos started one of the Netherlands’ two games during the international break, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 home defeat to Portugal, although he failed to even make the bench for the second leg of the European Championship qualifier, as the Dutch fell to a 5-4 - sending the Portuguese through to the tournament finals after a 7-4 aggregate victory.