Newcastle United could be given an early transfer boost, with Borussia Mönchengladbach now set to sell striker Alassane Plea this summer.
The Magpies considered signing a number of forwards during the January window, but only ended up with Chris Wood.
One of the names linked was Gladbach star Plea, with L’Equipe claiming Newcastle are showing keen interest in the Frenchman.
It has even been suggested that Newcastle are seeking the advice of Allan Saint-Maximin, who played with Plea at Nice.
January passed without Plea joining Newcastle or any other team for that matter, remaining at Gladbach for the final 18 months of his contract.
Bild now claims that Plea will be free to leave Gladbach this summer with the Bundesliga club in hopes of selling.
This could well attract further interest from Newcastle, who seemed very enthusiastic during the January window.
Plea, 28, has registered five goals and five assists this season, with two goals and four assists in the last five games.
The cynical view may be that Plea’s suddenly improving form since the end of the January window means he is targeting a summer move.
Newcastle will likely be watching Plea’s performance in Germany closely and could be one of several forwards on their radar.
Able to play up front or out, Plea is a versatile striker who has been compared to Tottenham Hotspur hero Harry Kane.
Plea is unlikely to ever reach Kane’s level but he can provide another scoring option for Newcastle alongside Wood and Callum Wilson.
Come this summer, Plea will have just one year left on his contract and Newcastle may be able to complete a deal worth around £15million.
There isn’t much resale potential at Plea though, and Newcastle might want a younger option to back up Wood and Wilson, who are in a similar boat.
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