Rafael Benitez was desperate to sign Utrecht goal-machine Sebastian Haller last summer - only for the Frenchman to spurn their advances.
The French Under-21 international has decided he wants to play European football.
Tottenham, Sunderland and Norwich were all linked with the young striker.
The Frenchman doesn't sound like he is set to head to the Premier League.
Sunderland are reportedly pursuing Utrecht striker Sebastian Haller.