Newcastle are reportedly plotting a move for Lorient centre back Lamine Kone.
With concerns over the ageing Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle are expected to snap up a new defender in January, and they could go head to head with local rivals Sunderland for one.
The Daily Mail report that Lorient's Ivorian international Lamine Kone is now a January target for Newcastle, having impressed over in France.
The 26-year-old has been a regular since for Lorient since signing from Chateauroux in 2010, but a Premier League transfer could be on the cards for him next month.
It's stated that Lorient want around £5m for Kone, who is a strong, physically imposing centre back that can also play at right back if needed.
The battle for Kone's signature could now hot up, considering that L'Equipe reported on Wednesday that Sunderland had reached an agreement with Lorient to sign Kone in January.
It now seems that Newcastle could look to hijack their North East rivals' bid for Kone, in what promises to be an intriguing January for both clubs as well as Kone himself.