Newcastle United have identified José Mourinho as a potential candidate to replace Eddie Howe, according to an exclusive from Le10 Sport.

Last week, AS Roma parted ways with the 60-year-old and he’s already attracted interest from a few clubs.

A few Saudi Arabian teams have come forward while Mourinho’s name is also considered at Newcastle.

Al-Shabab have made a lucrative offer to the Portuguese tactician, but he isn’t ready to move to the Middle East and is waiting for opportunities from Europe. It’s claimed a track leading to the Tyneside club is ‘gaining momentum in recent days’.

Newcastle are currently 10th in the table and have been knocked out of the Champions League, after finishing fourth in their group. The report says they have ‘advanced’ for Mourinho.

The Premier League side have identified the former Chelsea manager as a candidate and would position themselves to possibly acquire his signature.

Le10 claim the Magpies aren’t meeting the expectations set by their owners. Therefore, Howe could be shown the exit door, if the option to appoint Mourinho becomes concrete.

Prior to starting his coaching career, Mourinho worked as a translator for former Magpies manager Sir Bobby Robson at Sporting, FC Porto and Barcelona.

When asked about Newcastle in the past, Mourinho said, relayed by Le10: “The only thing I can say is that for many, many years I worked with one of the most important figures in Newcastle’s history, Sir Bobby Robson, and that is why I have always had an emotional bond with this city and its supporters.”