Wilfried Bony has been placed high on Newcastle United's summer shopping list after Mike Ashley, the club's owner, pledged to reinforce Alan Pardew's side by investing in a prolific striker.

The Vitesse forward, who has scored 46 goals in 63 games for the Dutch side, is a 24-year-old Ivorian who perfectly fits the profile of young-ish, fast-emerging players Newcastle invariably seek to sign.

With Everton and Swansea also interested in Bony, St Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aston Villa's Darren Bent remain back-up options as Pardew and the club's new director of football, Joe Kinnear, seek a replacement for Demba Ba who left for Chelsea last January.