Newcastle have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Marseille star Florian Thauvin.
Thauvin, 22, notched five goals and eight assists for Marseille last season, and is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in French football.
However, Marseille have lost the likes of Giannelli Imbula, Dimitri Payet, Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac this summer, with Marcelo Bielsa's men having something of a fire sale.
Thauvin is the latest player to be linked with an exit, but RMC Sport believe that Newcastle's latest bid of £12m has been rejected by the Ligue 1 giants.
The report also adds that Thauvin was approached by Aston Villa, but the player told Tim Sherwood's men that he wasn't interested in a move to Villa Park, meaning Villa didn't even lodge a bid.
Both Aston Villa and Newcastle are looking to push up the table in the upcoming Premier League season, and there will be a French theme running through both teams.
Villa have snapped up Ligue 1 stars Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew, whilst Newcastle's French contingent sees Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere feature as prominent first team members - and both teams would have loved to add a creative force like Thauvin to their ranks.
Thauvin may have felt at home by joining either side, but he may be aiming for teams higher up the Premier League table than Aston Villa and Newcastle, given that the two teams narrowly avoided relegation last season.
A £12m is serious money from Newcastle, but Marseille have to try and keep Thauvin having lost so many players already this summer - and now the Magpies must see whether they can afford to make another bid.