By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is considering an approach from Newcastle, according to a report.
Football news website Goal claims that the Championship club have targeted the 22-year-old Serbia international to bolster their wing options.
The attacker, who moved to Anfield from Benfica in the summer of 2014 for £21million, has fielded plenty of enquiries from abroad, including a £16million offer to return to Portugal with Sporting Lisbon.
However, it is claimed that Markovic was not interested and the attacker has now became Rafael Benitez’s first-choice option to strengthen his attack out wide, ahead of West Brom winger Callum McManaman.
It is also believed that the three-time Super Liga winner is open to a shock move to the Championship.
Newcastle are open to a loan or a permanent deal, but it is understood that the Championship giants are prepared to go above and beyond to secure their target, who would be expected to cost £16million.
Markovic still has three years left on his Liverpool contract but, after spending last season on loan in Turkey with Fenerbache, has not made an appearance for the Reds in the new campaign.
Newcastle’s interest comes after winger Rolando Aarons was ruled out for eight weeks after fracturing a metatarsal against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup last week.
Benitez has lost attacking wingers Andros Townsend, Florian Thauvin and Remy Cabella, and is resigned to losing Euro 2016 finalist Moussa Sissoko.
The Spanish boss is believed to very close to a loan deal for Chelsea winger Christian Atsu, with an option to buy.
In other Newcastle transfer news, LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong is in talks with Galatasaray following the failed medical of Cheick Tiote.