Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga is believed to have undergone a medical on Tyneside on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of a January move to Newcastle according to Goal.com.
Reports emanating in France indicate the 24-year-old Mali international is poised to complete a £7million switch to the Barclays Premier League bringing an end to what has been one of the longest anticipated transfer stories of 2011.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew is a known admirer of Maiga, as he continues his search to strengthen his forward line at St James' Park in the New Year, and is hoping to push through a deal for the Ligue 1 star without any hitches.
The move for Maiga is the latest in a long line of deals between Newcastle and clubs in France thanks to the work of the Magpies' chief scout Graham Carr, who has identified Ligue 1 as offering club owner Mike Ashley the best value for money in today's financial climate.
When the deal with Sochaux is concluded, Newcastle will focus their attention on signing a new central defender after Steven Taylor was ruled out for the season with an Achilles tendon injury.