The Newcastle United midfielder is set for a permanent switch to Marseille this summer.
Citing French sources, they claim that the midfielder, who is currently on loan with the Ligue 1 side, will be making a permanent switch back to France.
As part of his loan deal, it was agreed that Marseille would pay £6.3million for his services if he played 12 games for the club this season.
That has now happened, triggering the release clause and making him likely to leave St. James' Park in the summer.
He will be the latest of Newcastle’s raft of French signings to exit the club, with few having worked out well over the years.
This week saw them release midfield pair Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan, both of whom have been disastrous since their arrival at the club.
Who else departs remains to be seen, with it appearing there will be a major overhaul of the playing squad, especially if Newcastle are relegated to the Championship as is now expected.