Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Arsenal target Clement Grenier, according to the Daily Star.
The highly-rated Lyon midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, and will reportedly command a fee in the region of £12million.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has held a long-term interest in bringing the 23-year-old to the Emirates Stadium, but now faces competition for the Frenchman's signature from Alan Pardew.
The Magpies are hot on the trail of a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who is set to be unveiled by Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, and hope to have someone in place by Friday's transfer deadline.
"We would need to bring somebody in, for sure," confirmed Pardew on Monday. "You can't lose a player of that quality and not replace him.
"But we are going to need some time to do that."
Time is something that Newcastle haven't got, not just because of the approaching deadline, but also as they run the risk of missing out on Grenier to Arsenal.
Reports in France claim the Gunners are also considering an approach for the Lyon midfielder this month, and could cost the Premier League leaders up to £15million.