Newcastle United have instructed their scouts to monitor Brighton attacker Leandro Trossard whilst he’s at the World Cup with Belgium, according to Chronicle Live.
As per the report, the Magpies have been keeping a close eye on the 27-year-old, who has featured off the bench for the Red Devils.
The winger was actually the first signing made by Toon sporting director Dan Ashworth whilst he was with the Seagulls.
Conveniently, the Tyneside club have been tracking Trossard for some time.
Ahead of the January transfer window, Newcastle join Chelsea, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid as clubs touted with interested in landing the Belgian’s services.
Newcastle scout Trossard
The Brighton star has certainly impressed at club-level this season. In 14 Premier League games, he has managed to bag seven goals and three assists, having also statistically ranked as the south-coast side’s joint-best player this term.
As a result, he deservedly earned a call-up to the Belgium national team for the World Cup out in Qatar. Although he is yet to start a match, he has come off the bench in both fixtures as an impact substitute.
Toon scouts will keep a close eye on the attacker, ahead of the country’s final group game against Croatia on Thursday.
Trossard has been hailed by former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand for his ‘unreal’ playmaking abilities, so it is no surprise to see links with a move to the north-east.
Eddie Howe’s side are looking to add an extra winger to their squad, as they desire more quality in depth at the club.
The Belgian could be a brilliant addition to Tyneside, as he brings a strong level of Premier League experience which would allow him to slot straight into the side’s starting XI.