Skysports.com understands Newcastle are planning a shock move for Everton starlet Dan Gosling.
Everton risk losing highly-rated midfielder Gosling on a free transfer following a contract wrangle.
It is understood the Premier League have been asked to make a ruling after the England Under 21 prospect was not given a new contract offer in writing.
Everton claim they offered Gosling a rise verbally, but nothing was sent to him by the due date and he could be available for nothing.
The news has alerted a number of clubs to Gosling's possible availability and newly-promoted Newcastle are thought to be monitoring the situation.
Newcastle do not have much money to spend in this summer's transfer window and landing Gosling for nothing would be a massive coup for the Magpies.
Gosling, who is currently recovering from a knee injury, is highly regarded at Goodison Park and Everton are loath to lose the 20-year-old.