Newcastle have been repeatedly linked with Sebastien Haller in recent weeks.
The French striker has been in great form for Eintracht Frankfurt after having a season of transition in the Bundeslige last season, when he scored nine league goals.
One of many forwards who score lots of goals in Holland (45 in 87 league starts for Utrecht), it is the acid test when moving to the likes of England or Germany.
With eight goals (seven in the Bundesliga) and seven assists already, the 24 year old looks to have now taken a massive step forward in terms of showing his quality at a higher level.
At 6ft 2 he is tall but mobile and little wonder clubs are taking an interest.
The local Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper report that as well as Newcastle United, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham are also watching the striker.
Newcastle of course are desperate in the short as well as long-term and need extra goals to be brought in this January.
However, the newspaper report that Sebastien Haller is committed to seeing out this season before thinking about any move, the players saying ‘Money isn’t everything in football’, maybe he has picked up the Bundesliga mentality, rather than a Premier League one.
He cost Eintracht Frankfurt £6m last summer (June 2017) but is now valued at a minimum of three times that figure, meaning Newcastle would have to break their transfer record if they ever did sign him, a record that will be 14 years old come January.
Sebastien Haller and his club are fifth in the table though, only three points off second place, so difficult to see Eintracht Frankfurt even considering any mid-season sale if still in the top five or six come the turn of the year.
Money talks of course and they aren’t big spenders, having spent only around £50m on players over the course of the past five years, so a bid of £20m+ would be a massive boost to the German club.
As for Newcastle, even if Mike Ashley does accept money needs to be spent, it will be very difficult to land a striker such as Sebastien Haller mid-season, which clubs are willing to sell their key asset at a time when it will be almost impossible to properly replace them?
It yet again shows the folly of the NUFC owner in the summer, as he demanded the £20m+ profit on transfer deals whilst every other rival club was doing everything they could to strengthen the team/squad.
Newcastle were first linked with the striker back in 2016 when he was 22.
It was Rafa Benitez’ first transfer window and L’equipe even reported that the Newcastle manager had rang Sebastien Haller to talk about a potential move, the player though laughing when that claim was put to him by the media.