Remy Cabella is nearing a deal to join Marseille on a permanent basis.
The Magpies felt that they had landed a star when they snapped up Cabella from Montpellier in 2014, having hit 14 goals from midfield in his final season for the French club.
However, the 25-year-old failed to settle in the Premier League, and struggled to carve a clear, regular role in the Newcastle side under both Alan Pardew and John Carver.
After just one year on Tyneside, Cabella left for a return to France, joining Marseille on loan as part of the deal which saw Florian Thauvin head from the Stade Velodrome to St. James' Park.
Thauvin hasn't got off to the best of starts at Newcastle, and after Saturday's 6-1 defeat to Manchester City, it's clear that manager Steve McClaren still needs further reinforcements in the January transfer window.
The Magpies boss will now receive a welcome financial boost, with The Chronicle reporting that Cabella is nearing a permanent move to Marseille, with terms in the loan deal stating that he must be purchased for £6m once he has played 12 games for the club.
With seven appearances so far, Cabella is just five games away from activating that permanent clause - handing Newcastle a cash windfall ahead of the January transfer window.
It may not be a huge amount of money, and the report suggests that Newcastley may use the money to write off part of Thauvin's £12m fee, but it will be a boost for McClaren to bring in that money and get Cabella off the books for good.