Newcastle United are preparing an offer for Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun, who has been offered to Tottenham in a player-plus-cash deal for Luka Modric according to The Sun.
The 31-year-old Israeli international has impressed in pre-season having recovered from the heel injury that hampered most of his 2010-11 campaign - but could be about to leave west London for pastures new.
Recently appointed Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of Benayoun's having deployed him in a more advanced free-role in behind any of his chosen strikers in many of the Blues' warm-up games, as the club look for a return on the £5.5million paid to Liverpool to bring the player to Stamford Bridge last summer.
Having already failed with two attempts to land Spurs' playmaker Luka Modric, Chelsea are preparing a third and final offer to tempt Tottenham into selling, in the hope that the transfer of Benayoun to White Hart Lane will be enough to push through a deal with the arrival of a ready-made replacement.
Harry Redknapp has stood firm on his stance that he wants Modric to remain a Spurs player, but hadn't previously considered the possibility of inheriting Benayoun in addition to a much-needed cash injection that could be used to strengthen other areas of the Tottenham squad.
However, Benayoun also has the option of being reunited with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew - the man who first brought him to England during his time at West Ham, and is now looking to strike a deal to bring him to St. James' Park.
After confirmation earlier today of yet another Magpies departure as Jose Enrique joined Liverpool, Newcastle fans will be hoping that there will be more activity in the other direction as Pardew continues to try and add to his squad.