By Pete O'Rourke

11th Jan, 2020 | 6:00pm

Exclusive: Newcastle & Villa plotting to sign France-based goal machine, £15m will seal deal

Newcastle United and Aston Villa are among a host Premier League clubs plotting a move to sign £15million-valued Le Havre forward Tino Kadewere this month, Football Insider understands.

The 24-year-old striker is hot property across Europe after his impressive goalscoring record this season, the Zimbabwe international netting 18 goals in 20 games as well as providing four assists.

A source in France has told Football Insider that Premier League scouts have been watching Kadewere closely this season, with Newcastle, Villa, Tottenham and Norwich City all looking at a potential move for him to bolster their attacks.

It is understood that the English sides’ talent spotters were in place again to watch Kadewere score the winner against Chamois Niortais on Friday night.

Le Havre have a rich history of producing world-class players having developed the likes of Paul Pogba, Dmitri Payet and Lassana Diarra and Kadewere is tipped to become the next player to play at the highest level.

Lyon have already made an offer of £12m for Kadewere this month, with Le Havre thought to be holding out for £15million for the 24-year-old.

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The Ligue 2 side are understood willing to sell Kadewere for the right price this month and club president Vincent Volpe has given authority to intermediary Mark McKay to sound out interest from England in the striker.

Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa are all looking for additional firepower to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation while Tottenham are seeking backup for the injured Harry Kane.

Le Havre spotted Kadewere’s quality while he was playing in Sweden for Djurgarden and splashed out £3million for his capture back in 2018.

Knowing they have a potential superstar on their hands, the French side are looking to make a significant profit on his sale.

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are closing in on their first signing of January with a medical scheduled.