Borussia Mönchengladbach striker and Newcastle United transfer target Marcus Thuram is now receiving interest from Atletico Madrid, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Speaking with GiveMeSport, journalist Dean Jones revealed the Magpies have been offered the chance to sign the 25-year-old on the cheap in January.
Out of contract at the end of the season, the Bundesliga club are looking to cash-in on the Frenchman – rather than losing him on a free six months later.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano believes there is a strong chance Thuram leaves Gladbach upon the expiry of his deal in the summer.
However, Mundo Deportivo now report Diego Simeone’s side are considering making a move to sign the attacker.
As a foreign club, Atletico can also offer the player a pre-contract for the end of the season, meaning the Tyneside outfit could be forced into an early swoop in January.
Atletico join Newcastle in the race to sign Thuram
With Newcastle third in the Premier League table, Eddie Howe’s side should be fighting for Champions League qualification at the end of the season.
The likeliness of continental competition next year currently seems relatively high, so the Magpies will need a big enough squad to compete throughout a hectic schedule.
This cannot merely consist of various squad players on the periphery of the first-team. Instead, the Toon will require quality in depth.
Although Howe has the likes of Callum Wilson, Alexander Isak and Chris Wood at his disposal, another addition up top would be extremely useful going forward.
In 15 Bundesliga matches this season, the Frenchman has bagged ten goals and three assists. As a result, he earned a cameo off the bench for France in their opening World Cup game against Australia last night.
Dubbed ‘world-class’ by Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schäfer, Newcastle could add a fantastic player to their squad for next-to-nothing in January. Further than this, if the situation works out their favour, they could even welcome him on a free transfer next summer.