Newcastle are considering bringing in Sebastian Coates on loan, according to reports, with the club hoping to land the Liverpool youngster as a potential replacement for Fabricio Coloccini.
Coates has struggled to build up game time with the Reds, and after only playing nine games this season, and three in the league, Brendan Rodgers is believed to be considering letting the Uruguay international go.
Another signing by Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli that failed to deliver, Newcastle think they can get the best out of him, according to the Daily Star, and hope to take the 22 year old on loan and give him a chance to show the skills that made him a target for Liverpool in the first place.
Liverpool paid £7 million for Coates on a transfer from Nacional in 2011. The South American side had made a deal with the Reds, under Dalglish and Comolli, to work closely together with their youth players. But that deal has since been cancelled, with Comolli's departure likely to be part of the reason behind that.
For Newcastle, having Coates on board would be less risky if he were on loan, and with the Toon currently posing little threat to Liverpool in the table, a loan deal could be win-win for both clubs as Alan Pardew's men look to avoid the drop.
Newcastle's season appears to have gone from bad to worse, with the north eastern side currently just two points off the relegation zone.
Fabricio Coloccini's request to leave for personal reasons looks likely to leave the club without their captain if he does depart, and with Demba Ba leaving at the start of the month and Hatem Ben Arfa claiming he would like a move to a bigger club, the side seem to be in danger of haemorrhaging their best players.
With that in mind, Pardew has gone on the offensive in the transfer market, and though he missed out on landing Loic Remy to QPR, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa looks to have agreed a deal to move to the club while Moussa Sissoko is also reportedly hoping a deal will go through.
And as Liverpool look to cut their wage bill, in the hopes of bringing in more attacking options in the January transfer window, the side may be willing to talk with Newcastle over a spell away for the man who was supposed to link up with Uruguayan teammate Luis Suarez.