Newcastle are chasing the signature of Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, according to the player’s agent.
The 22-year-old has been heralded as a future star of French football and is attracting interest from several clubs around Europe.
The likes of Arsenal and Bayern Munich have been linked with the centre-back and he could be on the move this summer.
However, according to the Frenchman’s agent and brother, Yannick Umtiti, it is Newcastle who have made the strongest approach so far.
“I was contacted in recent weeks by English agents who discussed the idea of Newcastle,” he told France Foot 01.
“But honestly, not a single concrete offer has been made at this point by an English club.
“We would consider if necessary an offer from Newcastle and the interest of clubs who will eventually position themselves this summer.
“But we prefer overwhelmingly the best footballing project, which today appears at least to me to be the one offered by Lyon.”