Southampton and Newcastle are tracking FC Utrecht’s France Under-21 striker Sebastien Haller in the final days of the transfer window.
Both clubs sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old frontman in Utrecht’s 2-1 home defeat to AZ on Sunday, but Haller could not add to his impressive goal record.
The former Auxerre striker scored in each of his first two Eredivisie games of the new campaign after notching 19 league goals in the Dutch top flight last season.
He was linked with Sunderland and Norwich last term, but reports claimed he was not interested in either of those clubs and that Utrecht had priced him out of a move to the Premier League.
Saints are on the lookout for a new striker to replace Graziano Pelle and the 6ft 2in targetman fits the profile of young, dynamic players that the club have traditionally gone for.
L’Equipe reported Newcastle’s interest in Haller over the weekend and claimed that their Spanish boss Rafa Benitez had made a private phone call to the striker to tempt him to Tyneside.
Saints’ Dutch scout is understood to be Joe McClaren, son of ex-Newcastle United boss Steve.