David Klemmer could be forced out of the Bulldogs at the end of the season as the club struggles to get under the 2019 salary cap.
Klemmer recently said he would leave the Bulldogs only “if it was to help the club”, and it seems a team with ample salary cap space could be coming for him.
They have already locked in Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearcem but Brown is eager to get some more star power into the club.
“As it stands at the moment he (Klemmer) is signed for a further two seasons until the end of 2020 but … the Newcastle Knights are poised and ready to strike,” News Limited journalist James Hooper said on NRL 360.
“Their coach was in front of the cameras today saying that they’ve got an absolute war chest to spend and they’re looking for marquee players.
“They want a gun middle forward and David Klemmer is the man that they have identified.
“Now Nathan Brown I am told has actually spoken to Chris Anderson and Lynne Anderson about this and put it on them.
“They laughed and said, ‘Absolutely no way’, in no uncertain terms but as we know in rugby league things can move in mysterious ways at times.”
The Bulldogs are currently sitting third last on the ladder and while fans are already unhappy with the club, losing Klemmer could tip them over.