Newcastle United are interested in Ivica Olic according to media claims on Tuesday.

The veteran forward is now out of contract and both Newcastle and Aston Villa are said to be considering a move.

German publication Bild report that 1860 Munich are also chasing the attacking player who has had a glittering career, playing over 100 times for Croatia and winning the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich.

A testament to his fitness, Ivica Olic only retired from international football in March, having featured in eight qualifying matches as he assisted Croatia into the finals of Euro 2016.

Having signed 31 year old Jesus Gamez, Rafa Benitez really put a marker down that he was in charge of transfers now, discarding Mike Ashley’s ridiculous age constrained signing policy.

However, if Rafa brought in Ivica Olic, even on a short-term deal, it would really be going to an extreme,with the forward turning 37 this coming September.