Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson is being tracked by London clubs Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, writes Ross Gregory.
The one-time Sunderland loan signing’s Tyneside future remains in doubt after talks over a new contract stalled.
Simpson has just a year left on his present deal, and has been urged by boss Alan Pardew to put pen to paper on an improved offer.
But with the 25-year-old unhappy with the terms of the proposed deal, he could be on the brink of ending his three-year stay at Newcastle.
It is understood that Simpson would be keen on a move to London if he leaves Newcastle, with Fulham and QPR both showing an interest in the player, while newly-appointed Norwich City manager Chris Hughton – who signed him at Newcastle – is also keeping tabs on the right-back, who is on holiday in the United States.
A source close to Simpson said: “Danny will see where the land lies when he returns from holiday.
“If he does leave Newcastle then London would be a real attraction for him.”
If Simpson can’t resolve his contractual situation this summer, Newcastle will look to cash in on him rather than running the risk of letting him leave on a free transfer in a year’s time.
Mathieu Debuchy tops Newcastle’s list of potential replacements, but the Lille star will not make a decision on his future until France’s involvement in Euro 2012 is over.
Another target in Crystal Palace youngster Nathaniel Clyne. Meanwhile, Turks Galatasaray have emerged as the latest club to be interested in signing Newcastle striker Demba Ba.
Ba has a release clause in his contract which can be activated before July 31 by any club willing to reach the reported £7million fee.