Kilmarnock are eyeing up a move for Adam Armstrong, according to reports.

The 19-year-old Newcastle striker enjoyed a fruitful spell in League One with Coventry last season, scoring 20 goals to further enhance his growing reputation.

Newcastle had planned on loaning him to a Championship side for the upcoming season, but now don’t want to help out a rival seeing as they’re in the division themselves.

Kilmarnock have been monitoring the situation closely, and their boss Lee Clark – a Newcastle old boy – has enquired about the possibility of taking Armstrong north of the border to help out his side next season.

Any deal would be a one-year loan, but it could be valuable exposure to top flight football for Armstrong, as he could test himself against the likes of Celtic and Rangers.

It’ll be interesting to see what Rafa Benitez decides regarding Armstrong, who may not get the first team minutes he craves as Newcastle try and find their feet in the Championship.

Perhaps the best option could be to send Armstrong on loan to a Championship side that are expected to be towards the bottom of the league, the likes of Barnsley and Burton Albion spring to mind.

The Geordies have been linked with strikers – Fulham’s Ross McCormack the biggest name to be rumoured for a move to the North-East – as they look to get more experience to fire them back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Papiss Cisse has said he wants to stay, Aleksandar Mitrovic is also up for the fight, while there has been some interest in Ayoze Perez but he seems happy to stay.