Newcastle eye January move for German international striker Max Kruse

Borussia-Park Nordkurve exterior - Borussia Monchengladbach

Newcastle have been linked with a move to sign Borussia Monchengladbach striker Max Kruse.

Even with the emergence of Spanish youngster Ayoze Perez, it's little surprise to see that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is considering January moves to sign a striker.

Perez has been a revelation since his summer move from Tenerife, but other additions such as Siem De Jong, Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra haven't been quite as successful.

With no goals between the three of them, finding more support for Perez has to be a priority, and speculation this afternoon suggests that Pardew has his eye on a Bundesliga striker.

Borussia Monchengladbach's Max Kruse, 26, has hit five goals in just ten league appearances this season, following on well from last season, where he racked up 12 goals and nine assists for Lucien Favre's side.

His great form in the Bundesliga over the last 18 months meant that he earned call-ups to the Germany national team, especially given Mario Gomez's injury problems.

He has ten caps and one goal to his name for Joachim Loew's World Cup winners, and has earned a reputation for being a well rounded striker - which has attracted the interest of Newcastle.

Kruse is quick, skillful, two-footed and has an eye for goal, and could serve as a great partner for the predatory Perez - but he will cost a fair amount of money.

It's believed that Kruse has a £9m price tag on his head, and with Southampton also reportedly interested in the German international, Newcastle will have competition on their hands for his signature.

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