Newcastle United have identified Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Manu Koné as a transfer target for the summer window, according to Tutto Juve.

The midfielder is also followed by Juventus and the report’s title says ‘Newcastle ahead’, likely of the Serie A side, in the transfer race.

Koné has been a regular for the German club when available for selection and has made 21 appearances this season, managing two goals and two assists in the process.

Newcastle have endured a difficult season so far, partly due to injuries, and are aiming to strengthen their squad for next season. It’s claimed the Magpies’ interest in the 22-year-old is ‘part of their efforts’ to bolster the squad.

The France U23 international’s deal lasts until 2026 and the Bundesliga side don’t intend to let him leave easily. Despite this, the report states the Magpies’ interest ‘could open the door to negotiations in the coming weeks’.

There’s no mention of Mönchengladbach’s demand or the money Eddie Howe’s side could offer for the player.

Newcastle’s interest in Koné isn’t new as he was on their agenda last summer but they didn’t take necessary steps to secure the deal. It remains to be seen whether the Magpies will convert their interest into an offer in the next window.