Newcastle have joined the list of clubs interested in signing Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, according to the Sun.
The England international is expected to leave the Black Cats should they be relegated from the Premier League come the end of the season.
David Moyes' side are now ten points from safety ahead of their game against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
With relegation growing increasingly likely, a number of clubs are targeting Sunderland's top scorer ahead of a potential deal in the summer.
Former clubs West Ham and Bournemouth have been linked with Defoe, and now Newcastle are reportedly showing interest.
Despite his affinity with rivals Sunderland, Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is believed to see Defoe as a logical addition to his squad ahead of their expected return to the Premier League.
Owner Mike Ashley is willing to allow Benitez to spend freely in the summer, and could give the go ahead to approach Defoe.
The 34-year-old has scored 14 league goals so far this season for a side that have found the net in total just 24 times. That in itself shows his impact for strugglers Sunderland, who have often found themselves relying on his attacking instincts.
Defoe is reportedly looking to continue in the Premier League as he enters the latter stages of his career.