Newcastle fans are praying their club finally breaks their transfer record to land a new number nine this summer, after reports claimed they are one of several clubs eyeing up Alassane Plea.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham have tabled a bid for Nice striker Plea, but Newcastle, Fulham and Tottenham are all in the hunt as well.
Nice are understood to want €30m (£26.6m) for the 25 year-old, who scored 21 goals in all competitions last season, including four in European competition.
Plea had an absolutely electric end to the season, scoring ten and adding two assists in his final nine games, and is said to be interested in a move to the Premier League.
Valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman plays mostly as a centre forward, but can operate on either wing if required.
Rafael Benitez is of course desperate for a big money striker signing this summer, and the Magpies are still yet to break their transfer record from the Michael Owen deal in 2005.
Fans aren’t exactly optimistic about the chances of Mike Ashley backing a big move for Plea, but they’d love it to happen, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Seen a bit of this guy, I'd have him in a heartbeat. If we can get 25m for Mitrovic…
— Paul Sutcliffe (@PaulSutcliffe80) July 1, 2018
fantastic player. reminds me of a peak Loic Remy!
— Mobin Hussain (@Mobs_) July 1, 2018
Watched him at the end of the season he was on absolute fire, similar style to martial, great on the counter attack
— mark brewer (@brewa1) July 1, 2018
Another player we could of purchased a year or two earlier for a third of the price
— Gianfranco Shola (@youmeandnufc) July 1, 2018
He’d be a bench warmer at spurs. We can offer him first team football and possibly the odd goal
— Adam (@AndersonAdam91) July 1, 2018
This’s close to what i want from a striker to be at #NUFC
Has the finish, the pace, the physicality and just a little bit of skill but yeah he is out of our price range
What a signing this would be for West Ham
100% guaranteed +15 goals and with good creative players around? ohhh
— nEwCaStLe Critic (@77_SH_ER) July 2, 2018