It is thought that Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann is a genuine United target for next season, with the striker-cum- winger linked with the Magpies last weekend.
And it has emerged that Newcastle talent spotters have indeed run the rule over a player whose contract expires at the end of next season.
And more important ... Weimann is thought to be keen on the move to Newcastle.
His wages at Villa are understood to be a relatively modest £15,000 a week, and United are in a position to talk figures in or around that figure.
Newcastle’s hand would be strengthened further if Villa were relegated from the top flight, meaning a cash bid could be forthcoming this summer with Paul Lambert’s side knowing they would have to listen to offers for the Austria international, who has scored 11 goals this season.