Report claims Newcastle United have watched Dominick Drexler on numerous occasions, credits Aston Villa and Cardiff City with interest

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Drexler is said to have attracted interest from Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Cardiff City after scoring 10 goals and creating five this season.

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Newcastle United have watched Holstei Kiel player Dominick Drexler on numerous occasions according to Kicker, which also credits Aston Villa and Cardiff City with interest.

Drexler is the latest attacking midfielder to be linked with a move to Newcastle, who Teamtalk reports have entered the race to sign Josh Brownhill from Bristol City.

And their Premier League status could leave them in the driving seat to land the 27-year-old, ahead of Aston Villa and Cardiff, who it is claimed have "extended their feelers".

Manager Neil Warnock of Crystal Palace reacts next to Steve Bruce, manager of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Crystal Palace at KC Stadium on...

A former youth team player at Bayer Leverkusen, Drexler signed for Holstein in summer 2016 and has helped them to promotion and the top of Germany's second tier in the space of 18 months.

According to Kicker, his displays have brought loose requests from Bundesliga clubs, but the English interest is "more concrete".

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (R) and Managing Director Lee Charnley (L) are seen on the stand prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium...

Newcastle are unlikely to have significant funds available in January, assuming they remain under Mike Ashley's ownership, and it's plausible that a move for Drexler, who has scored or made 15 goals in 18 games this season, would fit within the Magpies' budget.

Aston Villa and Cardiff City, who are fifth and second in the Championship respectively, are also likely to have one eye on their purse-strings after heavy spending in recent campaigns.

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