Max Kruse 'proud' of reported Newcastle interest, but delays transfer decision

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Borussia Monchengladbach striker Max Kruse says he's aware of reported interest from Newcastle United.

Newcastle United may be waiting until the summer to appoint a permanent replacement for ex-manager Alan Pardew, but transfer speculation continues to surround the Magpies.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola suggested that Newcastle were interested in landing Sporting Lisbon's Peruvian international winger Andre Carrillo, whilst they're also believed to have a long-standing interest in Borussia Monchengladbach striker Max Kruse.

The 26-year-old, formerly of St. Pauli and Freiburg, has established himself as one of the top strikers in the Bundesliga, hitting 12 goals last season and a further seven in just 18 games this term.

With ten Germany caps to his name, Kruse is trusted by World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew, and the Mirror suggested in November that Newcastle had eyed up a £9m move to sign Kruse.

Some months on, Kruse has now told Sport Bild that he is aware of Newcastle's interest, but won't be making any decisions over his future just yet.

"I've noticed it, and it makes me proud to be associated with such clubs," says Kruse. "But it is not the time to deal with it."

Summer signings such as Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra have made no impact, leaving Newcastle in need of a new striker in the summer - even with the relative success of Ayoze Perez and Papiss Cisse this season.

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