Newcastle United are targeting Leeds’ Ross McCormack, with West Ham United also keen on signing the striker, Mirror reports.
McCormack has found it difficult ever since last week’s sacking of Brian McDermott and would consider a move to Tyneside.
Reports suggest that Newcastle are preparing a £8million deal to finally bring the 27-year-old to the English Premier League.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew has received a transfer kitty of £35million by owner Mike Ashley with the priority of bringing three new strikers, after Shola Ameobi’s contract ended and loanees Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong were sent back to their parent clubs.
Burnley’s Danny Ings, Tenerife’s wonder-kid Ayoze Perez and Cagliari’s Colombian star Victor Ibarbo are names mooted to be on Pardew’s transfer wish-list.
However it seems the former West Ham boss has already contacted Leeds about McCormack’s availability and hopes to strike a deal of £6million up front and £2million paid later in instalments.
The Scot scored 29 goals last season for the Whites last term but is extremely unsettled by the treatment and sacking of boss McDermott.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is also keen on bringing the striker to Upton Park, having had two bids for McCormack reject in the January window.