It appears that, in their search for more attacking reinforcements, Newcastle United are approaching almost every player in Europe.

Yesterday saw L’Equipe report the Magpies had enquired about RC Lens striker Ignatius Ganago by approaching his entourage to see if he would be interested, but there was speculation that the Ligue 1 side could be reluctant to let him go in January, regardless of him currently being at the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon.

The new name on Tuesday, according to the same newspaper, is that of Alassane Pléa, currently at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

It’s revealed that Newcastle have recently ‘sounded out’ the player, who ‘could be sold this winter or in the summer’, as there’s little chance of him renewing his contract in Germany.

Contracted until 2023 with the Bundesliga club, Pléa has appeared in almost every league game this season, but not all of those have been starts.

He’s found the back of the net three times in 20 appearances in all competitions, and Newcastle are said to ‘be interested in the profile’ he has to offer.

In fact, they’ve even ‘gathered information’ from Allan Saint-Maximin, with the two being friends since their season together at Nice in 2017-18.