Newcastle are being linked with a possible swoop for Sevilla forward Rony Lopes in the January transfer window.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle are interested in a potential deal for Lopes as they look to bolster their squad midway through the campaign.

The report claims that Newcastle scouts have been to watch Lopes several times, dating back to his spell with Monaco.

Newcastle have had a tough start to the Premier League season, losing three of their first five matches. Steve Bruce’s side beat Tottenham and held Watford to a draw, but were beaten by Liverpool, Norwich and Arsenal to leave them 17th in the league table as it stands. 

The Toon have scored just four times in their five matches, which suggests that there is a problem at the top end of the pitch – leading to interest in a forward like Lopes.

But who is he? We have compiled a factfile on Newcastle’s latest target…