Graham Carr watched a Newcastle United striker target score against Villareal on Thursday, according to the Mirror.

The player in question is Kevin Gameiro, a forward who was regularly linked with United during Alan Pardew’s time at the club.

While both at Lorient and PSG, Newcastle were credited with interest in the French striker.

However, Gameiro moved to Sevilla for around £6m in summer 2013 when United failed to buy in any players, instead loaning Loic Remy to get them through the season.

It appears though that Newcastle have kept up their longstanding interest and the Spanish club are ready to let the player go.

He scored 21 goals in his first season in Spain but injuries and being out of favour, mean that Kevin Gameiro has only started 2 La Liga matches this season.

However, the striker has been used to fill in for cup matches and has scored 5 goals in 5 starts this season in domestic cup competitions, plus 2 goals in 4 Europa League  games, including the midweek one that helped Sevilla beat Villareal 3-1 on Thursday.

Liverpool are also credited with interest but you would imagine they’d be shopping at a higher level with the money they’ve recently been prepared to spend.

Gameiro turns 28 next month so is at the upper end of mike Ashley’s usual buying policy.

However, with Newcastle United looking desperately short up front, a signing such as an out of favour Kevin Gameiro would hopefully be within what Mike Ashley would allow to be spent in the summer.