Haris Vuckic could be used in order to help Newcastle sign Charlie Austin, according to reports.
Vuckic, 22, spent the second half of last season on loan at Rangers, and became an Ibrox hero thanks to his displays, scoring eight goals in 17 games before heading back to St. James' Park earlier this summer.
The Slovenian forward signed for Newcastle from Domzale back in 2009, but he has managed just 19 appearances for the Magpies' first team during his time on Tyneside.
After loan spells with Cardiff City, Rotherham United and Rangers, Vuckic may look to leave permanently this summer - and Newcastle could use him as bait in order to land Charlie Austin.
The Daily Mail report that Newcastle and QPR have discussed a deal where the Magpies would pay cash plus Vuckic in order to lure Austin to the North East having hit 18 goals last season.
Vuckic flashed his ability during his time with Rangers, often cutting inside from the right flank onto his left foot and either creating chances for his team mates or shooting from range - and hitting the target more often than not.
A permanent exit from St. James' Park would allow Vuckic to kick on, just as he did at Rangers, whilst Newcastle would get the proven Premier League goalscorer they so crave in Austin.
Part-exchange deals are rare, but this potential move could work out well for all parties, with Vuckic unlikely to be in Steve McClaren's plans at Newcastle ahead of the new Premier League season.