Newcastle United and Aston Villa have both made enquiries for Brighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The Magpies are amongst the lowest goalscorers in the Premier League, with only two sides proving to be less prolific. Joelinton has scored just once, and Steve Bruce is not blessed with a raft of options.
Meanwhile, Villa will be without Wesley for the rest of the campaign due to injury. And Dean Smith is also lacking numbers up front.
That appears to have prompted both clubs to target Murray. The Daily Mail reports that Villa and Newcastle have made enquiries for the 36-year-old.
It is suggested that the two clubs could offer to cover the final six months of his Brighton contract with scope for an extension at the end of the season.
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Of course, the prospect of signing a 36-year-old who has barely featured for Brighton this term will not appeal to many Villa and Newcastle fans. And there is obviously a chance that a move would be a poor piece of business.
But because of his availability and their respective striker situations, it may perhaps be worth a roll of the dice. He has reached double figures for the last two Premier League campaigns.
It may be that Smith and Bruce have bigger plans up their sleeves. And in that case, not signing Murray may prove a smart idea. But it would arguably be foolish to discount the idea of bringing the veteran in until they have another player through the door.