Newcastle are being linked with a shock move for former England international defender Michael Dawson, according to the Hull Daily Mail.
The centre-back is being touted as a potential replacement for Mike Williamson, should he make a permanent move to Wolverhampton Wanderers having impressed on loan there.
Magpies boss Steve McClaren has reportedly been handed a £15m warchest this winter as he looks to keep the North East giants in the Premier League.
While many of the links surrounding the Toon Army have centred around attacking additions, defensive cover could also be drafted in should the club sell any of their current crop.
Despite currently being the subject of a hamstring ailment, the former Tottenham skipper is said to be on the radar at St. James’ Park.
A cut price move could be lined up, though Tigers boss Steve Bruce would surely hate to lose his influential and experienced centre-half.