Newcastle United have made an approach for Sebastien Haller, according to reports this morning.

The 22 year old is a rising star and recently turned down a 15m euros (approx £13m) move to Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.

L’Equipe say that Newcastle have made an initial move to find out whether the striker would be interested in a move to St James Park, as they look desperately for another striker to give them options this season.

Sebastien Haller moved from Auxerre to Utrecht in summer 2014 for £600,000 and has had a remarkable goalscoring record in Dutch football, scoring 37 goals from 58 starts, including two in two games this season already.

With Newcastle having the extremes of the physical Mitrovic at one end of the scale and the more diminutive Gayle, Armstrong and Perez at the other, the 6ft 1 but mobile Sebastien Haller sounds very much like the kind of attacking threat that Newcastle could do with.

It remains to be seen whether the Rafa Benitez longer term project might interest the French Under 21 international, as there is strong competition and not just from China, Portuguese runners-up Sporting Lisbon are interested and they can offer instant Champions League football if they follow up their initial interest.

Whether anything happens with Sebastien Haller or not, even despite Newcastle’s 4-1 win over Reading it is very clear NUFC need extra quality up front.