St James’ Park also want White Hart Lane hit-man.
Newcastle United are making an eleventh hour bid to take Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch from under the noses of rivals Sunderland.
The 30-year-old was the subject of a £10million offer from the Black Cats yesterday, but the Magpies will match any deal already on the table.
The England international seems certain to be surplus to requirements after Spurs signed Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on-loan for the season.
The Toon boss Alan Pardew is desperate for a new striker after being constantly frustrated in his seasrch.
Papiss Demba Cisse and Modibo Maiga were both targets but their clubs have refused to sell.
Pardew still has money to spend following the £35million departure of Andy Carroll in January to Liverpool.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp hinted he may be left with no other choice but to sell the lanky striker, with QPR also interested.
“A few clubs want him but we’ll have to wait and see with that one,” said Redknapp. “It’s up to Crouchy. I’ve had Peter at a few clubs. Good player, great guy as well.
“But I suppose with Adebayor coming in it’s an area that we’re a little bit overloaded in and he’s one that people want.
“So if we could do a deal with someone then it’s a possibility.”