Rob Elliot has come into Newcastle United's first team since Tim Krul picked up an injury.
Aston Villa had lined up Steve Mandanda as a potential replacement for Brad Guzan.
The former Chelsea boss appears to be wasting no time in making plans should United approach him.
Southampton are reportedly interested in Charlton Athletic striker Ademola Lookman.
The 22-year-old is attracting plenty of interest from right across Europe.
Tottenham Hotspur have watched Birmingham City youngster Demarai Gray closely.
Derby County have moved to second in the Championship table.
Before the Blues' win over Cardiff last Friday, Gary Rowett's men had gone five games without a win.
Arsenal defeated Manchester City 2-1 on Monday evening.
Leeds United are set to be active in the January transfer window.
Tom Huddlestone enjoyed a welcome return to form for Hull City on Saturday, with his efforts contributing to Manchester City's hauling off of Fernando.
Former Leeds winger Max Gradel celebrated Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations final win.
David Beckham has backed in-form Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane for a senior England call-up.