Marseille are looking to bring in Ayoze Perez this summer, according to French media reports on Sunday morning.
The French club are looking to rebuild under new owners and once again become a dominant force in Ligue 1, as well as hopefully returning to the European stage.
Having made a habit of buying players from France, this has now heading in the reverse.
Sylvain Marveaux was paid off early by Rafa Benitez in the final stages of last season and is now with bottom of Ligue 1 club Lorient.
Remy Cabella of course was loaned with a permanent clause trigger to Marseille and formally moved last summer, whilst Florian Thauvin is now doing the same and will seal his permanent deal at Marseille this summer, having already triggered the three appearances clause.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is also now back in his home country with Lyon, having came via Roma after leaving Tyneside.
Marseille recruited Dimitri Payet in January as a sign of their intent going forward and now they are continuing to spread their search ahead of summer.
Espoirs du Foot say they know that Marseille are tracking Ayoze Perez and have sent scouts a number of times to watch him in recent Championship matches, ahead of preparing a summer bid.
A frustrating player, at times Perez shows glimpses of undoubted class but hasn’t taken the Championship by storm, as many Newcastle fans anticipated.
Yesterday it was his turn to miss out having alternated with Mohammed Diame in the number 10 role, the former Senegal international having a shocking game as Newcastle inched past Wigan 2-1, Ayoze Perez having to be happy with a brief cameo off the bench.
Starting 19 Championship games and 11 sub appearances as well, the Spaniard has been more involved than not, but having not imposed himself on the second tier there must be serious doubts as to whether Rafa sees him as a first choice in the Premier League if promotion happens.
With three seasons behind him at Newcastle and turning 24 this July, Ayoze Perez regularly talks about how ambitious he is to progress.
A respectable six goals and five Championship assists is a fair return and maybe the former Tenerife man will see an ambitious Marseille and the style of the French league to his liking?
Most importantly though, will be whether Rafa Benitez sees him as an integral part of his plans or a player who can be traded in and help him to bring in the signings he sees as imperative, if Newcastle go up.