Newcastle’s prospective new owners have reportedly made enquiries about Napoli attacker Dries Mertens and Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis as they look to strengthen Steve Bruce’s squad.
Brugge have already accepted they will lose their star man and the striker is weighing up his options before making a decision.
A fee of around £20m is what has been suggested Brugge believe is a realistic price tag.
Newcastle will face competition in the form of Sheffield United but the club’s future owners are confident they can blow the Blades out of the water.
Napoli have beaten off various offers to keep Mertens on their books, as the player allegedly wants to become the club’s highest goalscorer ever.
Dries Mertens was eyed up by Arsenal and Chelsea in January
Chelsea have held talks with the Belgium international to no avail, although they still hold out hope of an agreement.
Eurosport France transfer guru Manu Lonjon broke the news that Newcastle are planning to recruit both Dennis and Mertens this summer on twitter.
“The future owners of Newcastle are starting to prospect,” he tweeted.
“They sent emissaries to inquire about the situations of Emmanuel Dennis (Bruges) and Dries Mertens (Naples).”
Newcastle are stepping up their attempts to land Emmanuel Dennis
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Vincenzo Morabito was a guest on Radio Marte’s program ‘Si Gonfia La Rete’ where the Italian agent explained that he thinks Mertens will end up leaving Italy this summer.
“Mertens? I believe he will not renew,” Morabito was quoted as saying.
“Chelsea really like him. He could have also gone there in January, but the fact that he didn’t go blocked our negotiation for Giroud’s exit,” added Morabito, who was trying to sort the Frenchman out with a move to Italy.
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