Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule is open to the idea of joining Newcastle United after exploratory talks with the Magpies.
The new owners at St James' Park are keen to flash their cash over the next few transfer windows and have been looking at plenty of possible targets from across the globe.
Sources have confirmed to 90min that Newcastle are one of several Premier League sides to have spoken to the agents of impending free agent Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona, and Christian Falk has now added Sule's name to the list.
Like Dembele, Sule is approaching the last six months of his contract and has been tipped to leave the Allianz Arena for a while now, with plenty of English teams keeping a very close eye on the situation.
Now in a position to compete with the big boys financially, Newcastle are believed to have reached out to Sule's representatives in October and were left with the impression that the centre-back is intrigued by what is going on at St James' Park.
A near-permanent starter for both Bayern and Germany, 26-year-old Sule has seen talks over a new contract stall in recent months.
Chelsea are monitoring the situation as they brace themselves for Bayern's attempt to land Antonio Rudiger next summer, but Newcastle have now thrown their hat into the ring and appear to be in with a decent shot at convincing Sule to make the move.
Still without a permanent manager or sporting director, sources close to Newcastle admit that they cannot begin concrete negotiations over new signings, but those in charge are keen to explore all their options as soon as possible to try and speed things up when the new manager is put in place.
Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is set for more talks with the club in the coming days after Villarreal boss Unai Emery publicly ruled himself out of the move.