Newcastle United are preparing themselves for a considerable offer for Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint Germain after it emerged that the Ligue 1 champions are willing to part with £21m for the midfielder.
According to the Daily Telegraph, PSG have held a firm interest in the 28-year-old Frenchman for over a year and were expected to rival Arsenal for his signature in the summer.
The Gunners' £10m bid was rejected and the Parisian club opted to bide their time despite Cabaye missing three games in an attempt to force a move away from St. James' Park.
Laurent Blanc, the PSG head coach, initially appeared to surreptitiously hide his admiration for Newcastle's number four after watching his side thrash Nantes 5-0 on Sunday.
"It would be good to recruit a player in the heart of the game, to have an extra player in midfield," he said.
"We need a player who has the same mentality as the others when they are playing or on the bench. He must love to play.
"He must be technically good and be tough, and whether this player comes or does not come, there will be competition in all positions.
"I've been saying for a month and a half - and the injury to Adrien makes it more urgent - that we need an extra player in midfield."
Asked specifically about Cabaye, Blanc added: "I ask myself. I know the man. He has that character, but there are others.
"We are very happy with this team, but with all the competitions in which we are engaged we must be aware there will be issues, as we have seen with Adrien Rabiot."
Alan Pardew has successfully re-motivated the French international however and remains cautiously optimistic of persuading the Toon star to remain in the North East.
Sat in eighth place in the Premier League table, just seven below the top four, Pardew's men have enjoyed a renaissance in fortunes this season.
Cabaye flew with the rest of the squad to Abu Dhabi on Saturday night for a warm weather training camp and club sources have denied a bid has been received.
"My mentality hasn’t changed," Cabaye said after Newcastle's 3-1 win at West Ham. "Even after what happened in the summer. I will do my best for the team every day.
"If the manager or the staff are happy with my performances, and the fans who are supporting me are happy, I am happy."
Newcastle United - January transfer targets
Newcastle United - January transfer targets
1/13 Kurt Zouma - The highly-rated defender is also reportedly wanted by Chelsea but Alan Pardew has had success recruiting in France before and will hope to lure the St Etienne youngster to St James' Park.
2/13 Anthony Knockaert - Another Frenchman reportedly on Newcastle's radar is the Leicester winger who has helped propel the Foxes to top of the Championship.
3/13 Aaron Hunt - German born but with an English mother, Werder Bremen's attacking midfielder is reportedly on the Magpies' radar. Hunt's contract expires in the summer but it remains to be seen whether his club will cash in now.
4/13 Gueida Fofana - Another Frenchman in Newcastle's sights is Lyon midfielder Fofana. Reports suggest they may face competition from Stuttgart.
5/13 Siem De Jong - Why sign one brother when you could sign two? That appears to be the story for Newcastle who are reportedly interested in the Ajax forward and brother of Luuk.
6/13 Joleon Lescott - The Man City defender is reportedly a loan target for Newcastle although his club have denied he'll be leaving this January.
7/13 Remy Cabella - Montpellier midfielder Cabella has been quoted by some as being Newcastle's main target this January although their interest seems to have waned a little recently.
8/13 Thomas Ince - Blackpool midfielder and son of Paul, will Newcastle beat the likes of reported suitors Tottenham, Swansea and even Udinese to his signature?
9/13 Bafetimbi Gomis - Nearly signed by the club in summer according to reports, the Lyon striker could be a January acquisition although exorbitant agent's fees are thought to have put the club off somewhat.
10/13 Dele Alli - The MK Dons wonderkid is reportedly wanted by a host of Premier League teams including Newcastle who will hope to win the race for the 17-year-old midfielder's signature.
11/13 Ishak Belfodil - The Algeria striker is looking to move away from the San Siro to boost his World Cup chances and Newcastle are said to be interested in either a permanent or loan move.
12/13 Jonny Heitinga - Hugely experienced but out of favour at Everton, the Dutch centre back would represent a good option for Newcastle in January.
13/13 Demba Ba - The former Magpie could be the man to reinforce Newcastle's frontline as he looks to get more first team football.
Demba Ba - The former Magpie could be the man to reinforce Newcastle's frontline as he looks to get more first team football.