Newcastle have reportedly raised their initial bid for PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters.
According to the Daily Mail, the north-east club have now tabled an offer in the region of £7 million as they chase a replacement for Jose Enrique, who joined Liverpool last week.
PSV are said to be struggling for money at present and, hence, would be willing to seriously consider any genuine offers for their players, while Pieters is alleged to be keen on a move to England.
Pieters, 23, is a full-fledged Holland international, and has established himself as Bert van Marwijk's first-choice left-back since the retirement of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
Unsurprisingly, this has led to interest from numerous other clubs, but it would appear that Newcastle are the frontrunners to secure his signature.
Since the departure of Enrique, the acquisition of a regular full-back as become a transfer window priority for Alan Pardew with only two weeks of activity remaining.
The Newcastle boss employed Ryan Taylor on the left-side of defence during the weekend's draw with Arsenal, with the 26-year-old more accustomed to playing on the right flank.