Newcastle United were first linked with Chrisopher Jullien back in summer 2013.
The commanding 6ft 5 centre-back was a 20 year old back then, playing for Auxerre.
That summer he ended up joining Bundesliga club Freiburg but only managed one first team league appearance, restricted to reserve team football.
His third season on Freiburg’s books saw him loaned out to Dijon in the second tier of French league football and that set him in the right direction.
His form catching the eye of Ligue 1 side Toulouse who paid £2.5m in summer 2016 and he has been a first team regular these past two years.
Newcastle had been linked once again with the now 25 year old central defender in recent weeks and that has intensified since the cruciate ligament injury to Florian Lejeune, which will keep him out for most, if not all, of the season.
There has been interest from both Germany and the Premier League and the newspaper reports that Christopher Jullien has always been very open in the fact that he is desperate to play in England.
A France Under 20 international, Jullien helped Toulouse only just avoid relegation last season when finishing third bottom. Although the defence wasn’t the main weakness, as only three teams in the bottom half conceded less than the 54 Toulouse leaked.
The French newspaper say that Newcastle are now pushing in the last 24 hours to get a deal done and that whilst no formal offer has been made so far, a bid is anticipated very shortly.
It appears to be a case of the player interested in a move but his club not very keen to sell, so it remains to be seen if Newcastle will meet whatever their eventual asking price is.
Whilst the Premier League clubs only have until Thursday to bring players in, Toulouse would have until the end of the month to find a replacement if they sell Christopher Jullien. As French clubs, like other major European leagues, have their transfer windows open until the end of August.