Newcastle could yet land another striker in the January transfer window after it was suggested that Sporting Lisbon forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel was interested in making the move to St. James Park.

The Newcastle Journal has reported that the talent forward is open to making the move if a deal can be struck with Sporting Lisbon before the end of the month.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Ricky van Wolfswinkel in action for Sporting Lisbon [Reuters]

Van Wolfswinkel moved to Portugal in the summer of 2011 in a €5.4million deal from Utrecht and has since gone on to score 34 goals in just over 18 months. His goal-scoring exploits have not gone unnoticed and there were reports in the Portuguese press suggesting that Tottenham, Liverpool and Cologne were also showing an interest in the striker.

However, it seems that Newcastle are the favourites after the 23-year-old's agent admitted that there was an offer from England and that he was aware of interest from Alan Pardew's side.

"I won't name specific clubs as that is a private matter, but what I will say is there is big interest in Ricky from England," said Van Wolfswinkel's agent Lous Laros.

"I have passed on this information to Sporting and it is up to them to come to any agreement and then we could negotiate.

"Can something happen this month? In football, you just never know what might happen. We are laid-back about the situation.

"Ricky is like any player in that he is ambitious and the Premier League is a fantastic place. He is happy for the moment in Lisbon. There have been reports that he has requested a transfer, but that is not true."

When asked about Newcastle, he added: "I know the club well. I spoke to them a lot in the summer when they tried to buy Luuk de Jong, who is also our player. They are not in such a good position right now in the league, but that is a good club."

Newcastle have already signed one striker in Yoan Gouffran but after losing Demba Ba, and fighting for relegation, they may well be looking to further strengthen their attacking options.