Newcastle United have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko who is out of contract at the end of the season.
The France international has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Toulouse and has refused to sign a new deal with the club as he looks to further his career.
Sissoko has spent his entire career with the Ligue 1 club after graduating from the academy and has made close to 200 appearances since breaking into the side back in 2007.
The Sun has reported that Newcastle have approached the midfielder and he is now likely to sign a pre-contract agreement on January 1 that will allow him to move to St. James Park at the end of the season.
It will be a major coup for Newcastle as Sissoko has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton in recent seasons.
Alan Pardew has had great success recruiting from the French market, having signed Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye from Ligue 1 sides.
Like the two players mentioned, Sissoko has represented France on a number of occasions and played alongside Cabaye in the recent 1-1 draw against Spain in a World Cup qualifier.
France manager Dider Deschamps put his faith in the 23-year-old and Sissoko was pleased to have performed so well against the reigning World and European Champions.
"Personally, I am very happy to have been put on. The coach trusted me," the midfielder told RMC. "The penultimate pass that allowed the team to equalize came from me."
Newcastle already have a number of options in central midfield with the likes of Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita and Gael Bigirimana. However, it seems Pardew feels the need to further strengthen this area of the squad.
Sissiko's partnership with Cabaye for France may also suggest that Pardew sees the two playing together in central midfield at Newcastle next season.