Newcastle United are lining up a move for Fulham star Papa Bouba Diop, according to Sky Sports.

The Magpies are looking at options to strengthen their squad when the transfer window reopens and are believed to have targeted a move for Diop.

Diop has quickly established himself as one of the best players in The Premiership and he has carried his fine form from last season into this campaign.

Magpies boss Graeme Souness is believed to be a big fan of Diop and sees the powerful midfielder as a key addition to his squad, as he aims to win a place in Europe this season.

Diop’s performances for Fulham have caught the attention of a host of clubs, with Chris Coleman aware the Senegal ace is a target for several sides.

The player’s agent Willie McKay insists that despite the speculation, nothing can be done until an offer is made to Fulham and that the West London club are still hoping to tie him down to a new long-term deal.

“I am aware of the speculation of other clubs looking at Papa, but until someone makes an official bid to Fulham, obviously nothing can be done,” McKay said. Papa’s performances have been outstanding since he has been at Fulham and I am not surprised there is interest. I have spoken to Lee Hoos and they are still looking to give him a new contract and we will wait and see what happens.”