Barcelona are eyeing up a surprise swoop for Newcastle United and France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye, reports The Sun.
The Catalan giants are debating whether to make an £8m move for Cabaye or his compatriot, and long-running Arsenal target, Yann M’Vila.
However, according to The Sun, sources at Barca say that the club is favouring the option of a bid for the Magpies’ midfielder.
Cabaye joined Newcastle from Lille for just £4.3m last summer and impressed greatly during his debut season in the Premier League.
But following the departure of Seydou Keita from Camp Nou, the Spanish club are looking for another midfielder in order to bolster their ranks in the middle of the park.
Having qualified for the Europa League this season Alan Pardew will be unwilling to let his most integral players depart the club, but the temptation of Barcelona could prove too much.
Cabaye displayed his ability to perform at the highest level as he represented France at Euro 2012, making three appearances and scoring one goal in the 2-0 win over Ukraine.
Newcastle will also have been hit by a bitter blow in the news that striker Luuk de Jong looks set to pick Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach over a Premier League move.