Newcastle United have made an enquiry over an £8m move for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, reports the Shields Gazette.
The Premier League club are desperate to boost their thin attacking options having released Shola Ameobi and loanees Loic Remy and Luuk De Jong returning to their respective parent clubs.
The 27-year-old was the top scorer in the Sky Bet Championship last season with 29 goals, his best campaign of his career.
But the Gazette believes the Scottish international is keen on a move to the Premier League, and is understood to have told Leeds he wants to leave Elland Road after being unhappy with the treatment of former manager Brian McDermott.
Celtic, Leicester City and West Ham United have been linked with a move for the striker.
The Yorkshire Evening Post understands that Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has already made an approach to Burnley over Danny Ings.
Watford striker Troy Deeney is also on the Magpies’ shortlist if moves for Ings and McCormack fail.
McCormack signed a four-year deal with Leeds last summer, an agreement which has made him one of the club’s top earners.
The Yorkshire club fended off bids from West Ham and Cardiff City last season in the January transfer window.
McCormack and owner Massimo Cellino spoke on Monday during a series of one-to-one meetings held between the Italian and the playing staff.
He refused to comment on the meeting but speaking to YEP before the end of last season, McCormack said:
“There’s no point in me sitting here saying that I don’t want to play in the Premier League because I do.
“I want to play there as soon as possible but in my head there’s a lot to take into consideration.
“I think about the feeling of being at Elland Road on the last day of the season, winning promotion and being captain.
“That would surpass just playing in the Premier League for any old club and I don’t say that lightly.”