After back-to-back Premier League wins, Toon boss Rafa Benitez is already planning for next season in the top flight with the Nigerian international firmly in his sights.
And the Magpies have intensified their plans to capture the 22-year-old winger this summer by watching him twice in the past fortnight.
Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws say Benitez was impressed Simon’s performance for his country against Serbia last week.
Aleksander Mitrovic, not wanted by Newcastle scored both goals for Serbia in a 2-0 win at Barnet’s Hive Stadium.
Simon was also outstanding in Gent’s 2-0 win at champions Anderlecht on Sunday.
Liverpool and Brighton are monitoring the winger who is hoping to make the Nigeria World Cup squad this summer.
Gent value Simon at £13million and are fully aware of his desire to play in the Premier League.
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The Belgian side bagged the winger from Slovak outfit AS Trencin in January 2015, and he helped them with the league and Super Cup later that year.
Simon had a spell in the famed Ajax academy in 2013 following ten years with the GBS Academy in Nigeria.
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