Newcastle United are demanding a fee from Levante over their interest for Albert Luque.

Newcastle are understood to be trying to sell, rather than loan, Luque to the Valencia club but the Spaniard's huge wages are always likely to be a stumbling block to any deal.

Newcastle do not want to write off the £10m Luque cost when Graeme Souness signed the forward from Deportivo La Coruna but Levante appear hopeful of a breakthrough.