Newcastle United are in advanced talks with Auxerre midfielder Alain Traore, who is set to move to England in January according to talkSPORT.
The 22-year-old Burkina Faso international has his heart set on the Barclays Premier League, and the Ligue 1 club will not stand in the player's way, as the Magpies edge closer to agreeing terms.
Toon boss Alan Pardew is a long-term admirer of Traore, after Newcastle came close to signing the midfield dynamo in the summer, but after talks stalled, they ran out of time to engineer a deal.
However, after renewing their interest in the highly rated starlet, Newcastle will now look to push through a transfer that will see the player head to St James' Park when the window re-opens on January 1.
The African ace is renowned for his athleticism, and as a box-to-box midfielder, should be well-suited to the Barclays Premier League.
Having come through Auxerre's youth ranks, Traore made his senior debut in 2007 before a loan spell with Brest two years later accelerated his development.
Under contract with the French outfit until 2014, it is not yet clear how much money Newcastle will need to pay in order to land Traore, but the Magpies are determined not to miss out on the young talent again.