Skysports.com understands Newcastle are one of a number of clubs tracking Swindon hot-shot Charlie Austin.
Austin has been a revelation for Swindon since being snapped up from non-league Poole Town last October.
The 20-year-old has scored a staggering 16 goals in 22 starts for Swindon and is regarded as one of the best young talents in the country.
Austin's goalscoring exploits are understood to have caught the attention of a host of clubs higher up the football pyramid.
Newcastle are believed to have watched Austin in action on a number of occasions this season, with Premier league Tottenham and Fulham also keeping tabs on the forward's progress.
Championship promotion hopefuls Newcastle are understood to have watched Austin in action at the weekend against Hartlepool, with assistant boss Colin Calderwood an interested observer at Victoria Park.
Swindon are keen to keep Austin as they battle for promotion from League One, with the prolific striker being rewarded with a new two-and-a-half year deal in February for his progress.