Newcastle have won the race to sign Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who was also a target for Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, and Fulham, reports the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Ligue 1 outfit, and free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had hoped to bring the France international to Anfield, while Spurs chief Andre Villas-Boas was also monitoring the player's situation ahead of an attempt to lure him to White Hart Lane.
However, Sissoko is already believed to have committed himself to St James' Park, with Magpies boss Alan Pardew beating a number of Premier League rivals to his much-coveted signature.
Best described as a box-to-box midfielder, capable of playing in either the holding role or as an attacker, Sissoko's style has drawn comparisons to the great Patrick Vieira, who enjoyed a successful spell in England, most notably with Arsenal.
His natural athleticism makes Sissoko well-suited to the Premier League, while his strong in the tackle technique will endear him to Newcastle fans when the deal is finally penned.