Newcastle United are reportedly on the brink of signing strike Modibo Maiga, four months after narrowly missing out on the striker, according to the Journal.
The Malian forward pledged to refuse to play for his club Sochaux in order to force through a move to the north-east.
However, after return to the starting line up, he was unable to complete a deal, with Newcastle having to wait until now to arrange a deal.
Maiga is set to undergo a medical ahead of a move to the Sports Direct Arena, for a fee reported to be around the £7 million.
However, Newcastle will be without Maiga during the first month of his Toon career, which him expected to play for Mali at the African Nations Cup.
Senegalese striker Demba Ba is also set to play in the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, leaving Newcastle short up front during the new year period.
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