Late last month, as the month of August was beginning to give way to September, Mark Douglas of the Chronicle Live, wrote extensively over why Newcastle United fans would be wise to not get their hopes up over any prospective deals on transfer deadline day.
To do so, he argued, would break the "habit of a lifetime" as there have only been two transfers completed on such a day - and both of them proved underwhelming: Kevin Mbabu, a teenager from Servette; and former Deportivo La Coruna star Xisco, for £5.5 million.
However, that has not deterred renowned foreign outlets from publishing reports linking various players with either an exit from St James' Park or a transfer to the North-East.
According to L'Equipe, 25-year-old defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could join AS Roma on a loan basis until the end of the year. At the end of the duration of the temporary contract, the Serie A side would have the option to buy the Frenchman for £4 million.
El Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, believe that Belgian centre back Toby Alderweireld - who has also been linked to Arsenal - is wanted by the Magpies… he is a player who is "very pleasing" to Alan Pardew.