Alan Pardew will once again look to Ligue 1 in order to breathe new life into Newcastle's season as he plots to sign Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
The 23-year-old has been a regular in the Toulouse side for the last five seasons and has gradually progressed through the youth ranks with France to win his first senior cap in the summer of 2009.
Having been handed his chance by Raymond Domenech, the powerful midfielder has continually been picked in squads by Laurent Blanc and featured in the 1-1 draw with European Champions Spain back in October.
Now French publication topmercato.com has reported that Newcastle are considering making an offer for Sissoko during the January transfer window when he would be available at a cut price due to his contract expiring in the summer.
Sissoko has refused to agree a new deal with the French club and has admitted that he would be interested in moving to Newcastle, where he will link up with international teammates Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.
"Newcastle are a fantastic team and would be attractive to any player," said Sissoko. "I'm no different. To play in the Premier League would be a dream come true. It is a fantastic league and I enjoy watching it."
Sissoko for been with Toulouse for nine years but it seems he is finally prepared to leave a club who are themselves languishing in mid table this season.
While Newcastle are struggling down in 14th place this season, they have qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League and will be expected to climb up the table in the second half of the season.
Pardew clearly believes that Sissoko could make a big difference to the Newcastle side and it would certainly be easier for him to adapt with so many French-speaking players at the club.