NEWCASTLE could be set to test Chelsea’s resolve with the club thought to be in contact with the agents of Timo Werner.
German newspaper Bild claims the Magpies are eyeing the Blues striker with the club’s new owners reportedly ready to splash the cash in January.
The St James’s Park outfit became the wealthiest club in the world following a £300million takeover led by Amanda Staveley, husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi and the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
And reports in Germany claim Toons officials have been in regular conversation with Werner’s reps.
It is thought Staveley, who is a Newcastle board member, is looking to make use of her contacts in the sport with Werner sharing the same representatives as Switzerland defender Fabian Schar.
Werner, who joined Chelsea from Leipzig in a £47.5million deal in June 2020, has had a tricky start to his Stamford Bridge career.
The 25-year-old netted just six goals in 35 top-flight appearances in the first season after his move to the Blues who play Brentford next.
This is in stark contrast to his impressive form at Leipzig where he scored 28 Bundesliga goals for Leipzig in the 2018-19 season.
And the Mirror claims the Germany striker’s future appeared uncertain following the £97.5m arrival of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
However, the player has undergone a revival this term with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel including Werner and Lukaku in his starting line-up against Southampton last weekend.
And the Germany star netted in the Prem leader’s 3-1 win against the Saints.
The forward was also on target with two in Germany’s 4-0 World Cup qualifier win against North Macedonia.
Reports claim Newcastle could look to approach Chelsea in the next two transfer windows.
The club are also thought to be keen on Man United stars Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.
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