Newcastle United are looking at Watford striker Troy Deeney as an alternative to QPR's Charlie Austin, report The Mirror.
The paper claim Newcastle have made an offer of £10 million for the Hornets striker.
Deeney netted 21 goals and provided 10 assists last season as he helped Watford earn promotion back to the Premier League.
Having helped the club get there, it is logical to consider that Deeney would want to stay at Watford where he is a key part of the side, and continue his progression.
It is not an impossible battle for Newcastle to convince him to sign though, as apart from the obvious solution of waving more money at him, the Toon may have a chance.
Why they may have a chance
Watford through the years have failed to achieve any longevity during their spells in the Premier League.
Barring one season, Newcastle are an established top flight side and will be aiming higher than simply avoiding relegation as they had to settle for last season.
Newcastle could offer Deeney more security with a long-term contract, and Watford will have to consider the offer for a player who is no guarantee to replicate his Championship form in the Premier League.
Also working in favour of Newcastle is the manager who under Deeney excelled last season has now departed. Slavisa Jokanovic could not agree terms for an extension and has been replaced by Quique Flores.
This will lead to a new, less familiar environment for Deeney, who will not yet know what plans the Spaniard has for the club so early into the transfer window.
Newcastle have a manager in Steve McClaren who rates him highly and has already shown his admiration, having a £9 million offer for his services rejected while boss of Derby, as reported by The Mirror.