Newcastle are aiming to seal a deal for Bordeaux forward Henri Saivet in the coming days, according to the Chronicle Live.
The 25-year old is understood to have been on the club’s wish list for a number of months, as the Magpies try to secure a deal.
Fellow Premier League sides Bournemouth and Southampton are credited with an interest, though it is thought the North East giants are preparing to step up attempts.
A speedy winger, the Senegal international can also be deployed as a centre-forward, or further back in the heart of midfield, scoring against Liverpool in the Europa League earlier this season.
The Toon have a history with French recruits, having seen an influx of talent from across the Channel arrive on Tyneside in recent years.
Talks are said to be underway, though the former French under-21 starlet has expressed reservations about the club’s precarious position in the Premier League relegation zone.