Newcastle are reported to be back in the hunt to sign Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier if they win their battle to stay up.
The Magpies came close to signing Grenier when Alan Pardew was in charge, but Lyon refused to cash in on the player, who was one of the hottest properties in Europe at that time.
However the 25-year-old has been blighted with injuries over the last two seasons and Lyon are now happy to let him move on.
Lyon club chairman Jean-Michel Aulus confirmed: “We will place him on the transfer list. Not to make money, but because it is an opportunity for him to regain momentum.
“At the moment, he is not in a good place.”
Newcastle do not have a good history of signing midfielders from France, with both Florian Thauvin and Remy Cabella struggling to make the grade, and they may want to think twice before signing Grenier.
Any move is on hold until Newcastle know what division they will be in next season, but Grenier is still on the radar.