Newcastle United are monitoring Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti ahead of a potential summer move, according to the Chronicle Live.
The Magpies have struggled defensively all season, with a mounting injury crisis exposing their limited options across the backline.
While they invested heavily in midfield and attack, their defensive instability has constantly undermined them all season.
Should they retain Premier League status, the North East giants are reportedly looking to continue the spend.
Umtiti is understood to be a target for the club in a £10m deal as he is set to quit Ligue 1 at the end of the season.
The 22-year old is highly rated in France and is equally adept at left-back as he is in a more central role.
A French under-21 international, he has also been linked with both Chelsea and Spurs.
Chancel Mbemba is the only defender to have been brought to Tyneside over the last two windows, leaving manager Steve McClaren with limited options.