Newcastle have reached an agreement to sign midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux.
Reports on Monday suggested Newcastle had agreed a £5million fee for the Senegal international, who can operate on the wing and in a central role.
And he is poised to become Newcastle's first signing of the January transfer window, with head coach Steve McClaren confirming he was having a medical and discussing personal terms.
Earlier, Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol said: "Newcastle and Bordeaux are agreed on the transfer of Henri Saivet.
"For me Saivet was the most important player for six months. He wanted to leave the club and needed a new challenge. He was there for a long time.
"I gave my agreement to the departure of Saviet."
Saivet has made 27 appearances for Bordeaux this season, scoring four goals. The 25-year-old has eight caps for Senegal.
Newcastle have also been linked with a £10million move for Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who has fallen out of favour at the Liberty Stadium. However, McClaren said he "can't discuss" that potential transfer.