Newcastle were reportedly interested in Hamburg's Lewis Holtby this summer.
Hamburger SV midfielder Lewis Holtby was left out of his side's squad to face Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon as his future at the club hangs in the balance.
The 27-year-old has just a matter of months remaining on his current deal with the club, and could now be offloaded by the Bundesliga side in January as they seemingly no longer require his services.
ESPN claimed in June that the former Tottenham playmaker was interesting Premier League sides Newcastle and Bournemouth, but a move failed to materialise as Holtby looked to resurrect his Hamburg career.
But the three-time Germany international looks unlikely to be given the chance to do that now, as Hamburg secured an impressive 3-1 win over Stuttgart to move them out of the Bundesliga relegation zone without Holtby.
That could see Newcastle rekindle their interest in Hamburg's number eight, with Holtby free to talk to clubs under the bosman ruling from January 1 if his contract is not renewed by then, as part of a pre-contract agreement that would see him join Newcastle in the summer.
It could even see Toon boss Rafa Benitez look to sign him on the cheap in January, as Hamburg could look to offload him for a small fee six months before the end of his contract in order to avoid losing him for nothing.
Boasting Premier League experience with both Spurs and Fulham, Holtby possesses plenty of technical ability and the ability to unlock a defence as well as proving to be a goalscoring midfielder.
With Newcastle struggling in front of goal in England's top flight - scoring just 10 goals in 11 games - adding an extra source of goals to the side could be the key in saving them from a relegation dog fight.
Injuries to Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden as well as a suspension for Jonjo Shelvey has also highlighted the need for another central midfielder, and Holtby could be the man to provide such cover.
Available on the cheap, adding just what Newcastle need in terms of depth and goals as well as his Premier League experience, Holtby would be an ideal signing for Benitez's Toon.