Newcastle United’s chances of signing Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule may have been handed a huge boost with it believed he is “as good as gone” from the German side.

That’s according to journalist Marc Behrenbeck via Sky Sports Germany, who says that it is growing increasingly likely that the German champions will struggle to convince the defender to sign a new deal.

He’s out of contract in the summer, and while Bayern have been working hard to make him extend, that is yet to happen.

According to Behrenbeck, that is because Sule has an “image problem” in Bavaria, where he is regularly rotated between the starting eleven and the bench.

That’s something he’s not happy about as he doesn’t feel valued enough, and according to the journalist, “it will be difficult to impossible to convince him to extend his contract” and his departure is now “as good as sealed”.

That should come as very good news to those in charge at St James Park, with Sule having been linked with a move there for the last few months.

The last we heard on the rumour was that talks had already been held and that it was well established Sule would like to move to the Premier League.

That followed reports that the Magpies were willing to splash the cash to secure the German’s signature and that they were even in the driving seat for him.

With it now clear the player wants to be the key man and feel important, the opportunity is there for Newcastle to strike.

They can offer Sule that status, and the money to go with it, while Bayern will surely be determined to sell in January and make money rather than lose the player on a free in the summer, something that Newcastle can also facilitate with their newfound wealth.

Of course, there are more hurdles than those to getting a deal and Sule will likely need convincing, but the opportunity is there if the latest reports in Germany are to be believed.