Newcastle are reportedly set to increase their bid for Bordeaux's Henri Saivet.
The Magpies, who have lost each of their last four games 1-0, are in desperate need of reinforcements, given that Steve McClaren's men are sat in the relegation zone and two points away from safety.
With no goals in the last four matches, Newcastle need to boost their attacking options, but McClaren seemingly has his eyes on a new midfielder.
The Mirror report that Newcastle have made one bid of £3m for Bordeaux star Henri Saivet, and after seeing that offer rejected, they will now make a new and improved bid.
Saivet, 25, joined Bordeaux at the age of 12, and was initially billed as a pacey, attack-minded winger, tipped for a huge future in France.
However, he has reinvented himself under Willy Sagnol, becoming an effective central midfielder at Bordeaux, though McClaren could still use him as a winger if he really wanted to.
A five-cap Senegal international, Saivet hit the headlines in November by scoring for Bordeaux away at Liverpool in the Europa League, and he could end up facing the Reds on plenty more occasions if Newcastle get their way.
With Bordeaux allegedly unwilling to deal at just £3m, Newcastle are expected to make an improved bid in the coming days, and have prepared a long-term, five-and-a-year contract for Saivet - but they may have to move quickly to land him.
The report notes that Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Everton, Southampton, Swansea, Stoke, Tottenham and West Brom are also interested in signing Saivet, who has 18 months left on his contract with Bordeaux.