Newcastle United and West Ham United may want to step up their efforts for VfB Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy, as AC Milan do the same.

That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who say there could be an ‘assault’ on the cards for the striker after his performances this season.

The newspaper explains that Milan’s plans moving forwards are likely to rest on what happens in their trip to Newcastle in the Champions League, which will determine if they make it into the knockout stages or not.

Should they do so it would mean the squad needs to improve the squad and adding Guirassy to their forward line would be one such improvement.

He has 18 goals in 13 games for Stuttgart this season and a €17.5m release clause that makes him extremely attractive.

Milan are interested in paying it but there is ‘no shortage of competition’, particularly from the Premier League, where clubs are starting to get information about the player.

The newspaper doesn’t name anyone specifically, but Newcastle and West Ham have been linked extensively in recently weeks as the player continues to shine.

Milan may be ahead of them, though, as their chief scout Geoffrey Moncada recently met the player in a person at a recent Bundesliga match.

They’re clearly keen and seemingly ready to spend the money, although it is stated that Guirassy would like to remain in Germany until the end of the season, which has not been mentioned in any other reports as yet.

Thus, he is likely hesitating, which may give the Magpies and West Ham their chance to get in ahead of Milan and ensure it is them who win this ongoing race.