Newcastle have joined Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race to sign Marseille winger Andre Ayew, reports the Daily Express.
The Ghanaian has been linked with a move away from the south of France with Liverpool, Napoli and Inter Milan all reportedly interested in his signature.
He had previously stated his desire to join Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, saying to reporters: "I have a little preference for the Reds. I've always followed them ever since I was little, Liverpool, and Real Madrid."
Now reports in France have suggested that the Magpies will steal a march in the race for the 23-year-old after failing to sign Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Ayew has a buy-out-clause of £15.5m written in to his contract but it is believed his club no longer deem that as his value and are willing to accept less.
French publication Le10Sport reports that Newcastle believe £8.5m will be enough to tempt Marseille to sell the controversial star, who infamously retired from international football before reversing his decision months later.
Ayew and his brother Jordan decided to retire after from their services to Ghana after independently falling out with the management.
They later reversed their decision after having peace talks with president John Mahama.
Marseille boss Elie Baup had ruled out an exit for Ayew earlier in the summer by saying: "Let me be clear: I am counting on all the players who are here."
However, after falling out with the player over his best position, it is believed Baup is ready to cut his loses and let Ayew go.