Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed the club will monitor players at Euro 2012 - but he will not necessarily want them to do well.
Pardew, who was named the League Managers' Association manager of the year earlier this week, has admitted the club will have scouts at this summer's tournament.
Newcastle have plundered the French market before and Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy is believed to be on Pardew's radar.
Montpellier duo Olivier Giroud and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have also been the subject of speculation.
But with the eyes of the world on Poland and Ukraine, it is far from clear whether it is really a good thing if players - both present and future - impress at the showpiece event.
The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye may attract interest from elsewhere, while the valuations of Newcastle's targets could rise astronomically on the back of a successful Euro 2012.
As a result, Pardew acknowledges he may find himself taking perverse pleasure in the failure of those players he rates highest.
"We'll be represented at the Euros," Pardew told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
"There are a couple of players we're looking at in that tournament and, as far as I'm concerned, I hope they have an awful one!
"The valuations will go up and down - we'll look at that.
"Someone's reputations will go through the roof, and someone's won't. That might affect the price."