Newcastle United ‘will definitely pay’ the extra €10m needed to sign Alassane Plea from Borussia Monchengladbach this month.

That’s according to SportBILD journalist Christian Falk, who has provided details on a possible move for the Frenchman after revealing Newcastle’s interest in him on Wednesday.

The German journalist tweeted yesterday that the Magpies want to make a bid for the 28-year-old, who had need named as one of the potential targets for Eddie Howe’s side this month.

He stated that they could make a bid within the next 24 hours, with a new striker needed at St James Park to help cover the loss of Callum Wilson on top of the addition of Chris Wood.

That tweet did not provide any details on the potential bid for the Frenchman, nor what Newcastle’s intentions were, just that they were eyeing a move.

Falk has now expanded on that, though, explaining what the situation is on BILD’s show Englische Woche.

“That’s true; a whistleblower called me and told me they are getting serious now,” he said.

“There have been rumours all along that Newcastle are on him, now they are ready to put €10m on the table.

“The player has a contract until 2023, and his market value is €15m. Borussia Monchengladbach bought him for €23m from Nice in 2018.

“That said, I think Newcastle will definitely pay the amount that’s needed. An extra €10m and they will be happy.

“Newcastle are under pressure, and after the 1-1 draw with Watford in the basement duel, they are hanging on in penultimate place in the table. They need to make sure they stay in the league.”