The Toulouse centre-back Christopher Jullien has been regularly reported over the past month as a target for a host of Premier League clubs.
Burnley, Southampton and Crystal Palace amongst those said to have scouted the 25 year old and registered their interest, with clubs from other European leagues such as Ajax, also claimed to be interested.
French media now say that Newcastle United are now making a late effort to get ahead of their rivals, Yahoo Sport in France reporting that Rafa Benitez wants to add the player who has appeared at youth level for France.
Newcastle last did business with Toulouse when buying Moussa Sissoko back in January 2013 for £2m, going on to make an incredible £28m profit as Spurs lost their minds.
Christoper Jullien is rated around the £9m mark by the French media and played alongside Issa Diop last season, Diop having now signed on at West Ham for £22m.
The two centre-backs helped Toulouse just avoid relegation after finishing third bottom. The play-offs in France see third bottom play third top in the second tier to decide if an extra club goes up and down, Jullien scoring one of the goals as Toulouse beat Ajaccio 3-0 away from home, before completing the job with a 1-0 home victory.
He is a commanding centre-back standing 6ft 4 and arrived from Freiburg two years ago for just over £2m.
With three years left on his contract the French club are in a strong position in terms of not having to sell but after just avoiding relegation by the smallest of margins, the chance of picking up over £30m from English clubs for two defenders to help them rebuild their team, could be too good to turn down.
With Chancel Mbemba set to leave eventually this summer, despite a move to Porto dragging on forever, Rafa Benitez will be expected to bring in at least one new centre-back.