Newcastle United have made their move to sign Sidney Sam according to reports in the German media.
Sportbild report that both Stoke and Newcastle are looking to take the German international midfielder in the summer.
They also claim that United were one of the clubs interested when Sam opted to move from Bayer Leverkusen to Schalke last summer, rather than try his luck abroad.
The midfielder went for a bargain £2m when he switched Bundesliga clubs, despite scoring 42 goals in four years from midfield for Leverkusen. A price tag that certainly would have appealed to Mike Ashley for a player with Sidney Sam’s profile.
Injuries have played a part this season but even when fit the player has made only 7 Bundesliga starts for his new club, with only one since November.
Sidney Sam only has a handful of caps but was involved in the Germen national squad as recently as September when he sat on the bench during a victory over Scotland.
The player claims to be happy at his new club but after being such a success at Leverkusen and getting involved with the national team, Sidney Sam may well have to look for a new club this summer as at the age of 27 he is in his prime.