A month ago, Sport stated that Newcastle United are ‘on the prowl’ for Philippe Coutinho and St James’ Park could be a possible destination for the Barcelona player in the winter market.

Everton have now joined the Tyneside club in the chase for the attacking midfielder, as per reports.

Mundo Deportivo now explain the 29-year-old is one of four players discarded by Xavi Hernández. He has a ‘very high’ salary and senior executives at the Camp Nou have acknowledged the La Liga side have been working on his possible exit ‘for days’.

There is an option of ‘proposing the freedom letter’ [terminate the contract] to the ex-Liverpool star and a few others, but this step is not viewed as a positive one within the club.

The Premier League is ‘explored’ for the South American, where he ‘continues to have a market’.

It’s said Coutinho’s agents ‘manage the interest’ of Everton and Newcastle, along with the Reds, and are ‘waiting for one of them to take a definitive step’ to sign the player in January.

Newcastle and Everton are not the only clubs mentioned, as Mundo state Inter Milan would have also ‘made some movement’ for the South American.