Newcastle are reportedly monitoring Marseille's up and coming star Christophe Lowinsky, with the defender set to undertake a trial at St James Park.

Lowinsky has shone for both Marseille and the France under-19 side, and as a result the 18 year old has caught Alan Pardew's eye.

The trial at Newcastle will reportedly take place immediately, according to local paper The Journal, and Lowinsky available for a transfer at the end of the season if the Toon like what they see.

The 6ft 2inch tall stopper was orginially born in Martinique, but is still eligible to play for either his birth country or France, after featuring for the former side's senior side in a friendly against Guadeloupe.

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew has a strict transfer policy at Newcastle, and it's worked so far.

The youngster is yet another in a long line of players to come from France to Newcastle, with the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan all a part of the club's successes this season.

And while many recent transfer dealings for players completed by Newcastle haven't been well known or highly rated around the Premier League, the club have been extremely successful in sticking to their tactics, and though they have a budget that is minute compared with the top four, the north eastern club are pushing hard for a Champions League spot and only behind fourth-placed Tottenham by one point.

With that in mind, Pardew has been encouraged to continue to dip into the French market, and Lowinsky has been touted for big things for both club and country over the coming seasons as he continues to develop.

Newcastle face Everton at Goodison Park on the final day of the season, and can still finish as high as third if results go their way.

The club's summer is set to be particularly busy, and will no doubt depend on whether they can offer players Champions League or Europa League football next season.

What appears clear though, is that if Pardew likes Lowinsky he will be offered a deal to stay at St James' Park permanently.

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