Newcastle target Gervinho: It would be a privilege to play in England or Spain

Ivory Coast international, who has also been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, says Alan Pardew's side "are a good team" and he will consider his future at the end of season

Lille forward Gervinho has refused to rule out a move to the Premier League, with Newcastle United believed to be monitoring the player.

The 23-year-old, who can play down as a winger and as a striker, has helped fire the French club to the top of Ligue 1 this season by contributing 12 goals, but admits that he would be prepared to consider his future should he receive interest from Spain or England.

Newcastle and Atletico Madrid are believed to be among the sides tracking Gervinho and Alan Pardew is desperate to strengthen his squad since the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January.

The Magpies are looking to add options in attack since the £35 million sale, with Hartem Ben Arfa absent with a broken leg while Shola Ameobi has suffered a broken cheekbone.

Pardew is reported to be prepared to take a chance on the Ivory Coast international with his countryman Cheick Tiote already proving to be a big success since arriving from FC Twente in the summer.

Gervinho insists he is happy at Lille but admits that the chance to play in the Premier League would be an attractive proposition.

"Newcastle are a good team," he told reporters.

"I have been linked to various teams now but I am still under contract at Lille until 2012, so I am not worrying.

"We are top of the league and I want to win that. At the end of the season we can sit down and see what the next step will be. I want to concentrate on my football."

Gervinho’s contract with Lille is due to run until 2012 and the striker knows that a decision on his future ultimately lies with the club but has acknowledged that a move to England or Spain would be a big opportunity for him.

"The Spanish and English leagues are two of the best in the world and it would be a privilege to play there, but I belong to Lille until 2012."

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