Mamadou Sakho has hinted he could be open to a switch to Newcastle in the summer.
Alan Pardew's interest in French players is well documented and another could be on his way to Tyneside when the window opens.
Sakho is uncertain of his future at Paris St. Germain and the club are understood to be open to the prospect of selling the central defender in the summer.
His contract expires in 2014 and with the World Cup a priority for him, he wants to have assurances he will be playing regular football in the lead up to Brazil.
Newcastle were linked with Sakho in January and the PSG man told Calciomercato: "I have to look around. If I can not play at PSG, I will do it somewhere else. I do not want to miss the train for the World Cup 2014."
Fabricio Coloccini stayed at St James' this winter after Newcastle refused to sell him amid problems in his personal life.
His future beyond this season is unknown, though, leading to Pardew's interest in Sakho.