Leeds United’s 29-goal hitman Ross McCormack has been the subject of enquiries from Newcastle United as the Magpies seek to bolster their decimated striker roster.
Loanees Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong have returned to their parent clubs, while Shola Ameobi hasn’t been awarded a new contract and Papiss Cisse will miss the start of the campaign with a broken kneecap.
Alan Pardew will need to bring in reinforcements at centre-forward as a matter of priority if Newcastle are to land odds of 8/5 about repeating the top-ten Premier League place they mustered in 2013/14.
The Shields Gazette report that that the Scotland international is one of a number of options from across Europe and the Championship that interest the St James’ Park transfer moguls.
West Ham, Celtic and Malaga are among a host of other clubs on the trail of last season’s Championship top goalscorer.
McCormack, 27, has broken the ten-goal barrier just once at top-flight level and that was for Motherwell in his native land, hardly the most rarefied of upper echelons.
Making the switch to the English second tier seems to have brought out his inner goal fiend, yet even at Cardiff and Leeds, consecutive seasons of big yields have proved beyond him.
A 21-strike 2008/09 in Wales was followed by a campaign in which he notched just four times, while 18 and 28-goal seasons at Leeds have come on the back of yields of two and five in 2010/11 and 2012/13 respectively.
McCormack is thought to be amenable to leaving Elland Road, having grown disenchanted with the club’s treatment of former manager Brian McDermott.
However, given the Shields Gazette suggests it may take an offer in the region of £8m to land the striker, who is contracted to Leeds until 2017, there may be better value for money on the scene.