Newcastle have offered winger Matt Ritchie plus cash in order to try and land Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.
The Magpies struggled for goals last season, only managing to score 38 times in as many league games. Wilson didn't have an outstanding campaign himself, scoring just eight times as the Cherries were relegated, but that total was still four times what £40m summer signing Joelinton managed in his debut Premier League season at St. James' Park.
Dwight Gayle's latest injury, picked up in a pre-season friendly against Crewe, has intensified Steve Bruce's interest in the 28-year-old, but the Chronicle report that the strict financial restrictions placed on Newcastle's transfer budget means they're having to be inventive with their offers.
Ritchie arrived from the Vitality Stadium four years ago and has managed a fairly impressive 24 goals and 27 assists during his time in the north east, but with money tight, Bruce is prepared to let the versatile 30-year-old midfielder return to the south coast in exchange for a proven goalscorer.
Wilson is expected to be keen on a move back to the Premier League after being left out of Gareth Southgate's latest England squad, with the delayed European Championships less than 12 months away.
The striker, who's been capped four times by his country (scoring one goal in the process) has seen the likes of Tammy Abraham and Danny Ings move ahead of him in Southgate's plans and his chances of being re-selected while playing in the Championship are extremely slim.
If Newcastle want to secure their man they may have to move quickly, with Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa also showing an interest in the former Coventry hitman.
Source : 90min