Newcastle weigh up move for free-scoring Tottenham target

Rafa Benitez.
Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle United are interested in Nice forward Alassane Plea.

Rafa Benitez wants to sign another striker in this summer's transfer window.

And Plea – who scored 20 goals last season – has emerged as a potential target for the club, which this week signed midfielder Ki Sung-yueng.

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Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Fulham have also been linked with the former France Under-21 international, who started his career at Olympique Lyonnais before moving to Nice four years ago.

However, the 25-year-old could cost as much as £26million.

Newcastle haven't come close to breaking their transfer record – the £16million the club paid for Michael Owen in 2005 – since Mike Ashley bought the club more than a decade ago.

United manager Rafa Benitez – who is looking to sell £20million-rated striker Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer – has been involved in a stand-off with Ashley over his transfer budget.

And Benitez is looking to move a number of players out of the club to generate transfer funds.