Former Lyon coach Remi Garde is the number one managerial target for Newcastle United, according to French media.
Garde is currently without a job after leaving former Ligue 1 champions Lyon at the end of last season on his own accord.
The former France international, who was on the books of Arsenal from 1996 to 1999 as a player, won the Coupe de France and the Trophee des champions in 2012 with Lyon.
It has now been reported by Le Parisien that Garde is Newcastle’s number one target at the moment, and that a deal could be completed soon.
Garde’s name has been on the list on candidates ever since Alan Pardew left Newcastle for Crystal Palace, and it now appears that the 48-year-old is on course to getting back to football management.
Newcastle have also been linked with Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle, but both have distanced themselves from the job.