Hull City boss Phil Brown has confirmed making a bid for Habib Beye and is waiting to hold further talks with Newcastle United over a deal for the full-back.
Brown is keen to improve his defensive options after selling Sam Ricketts to Bolton Wanderers and has been linked with a move for Senegal international Beye.
The 31-year-old is keen to leave Newcastle following relegation to the Championship and the ongoing turmoil surrounding the future of the club.
Newcastle have rejected the Tigers' initial offer, believed to be in the region of £2million, but Brown hopes a deal can be agreed for the former Marseille man.
"We've gone as far as a bid for Habib Beye, but it was received negatively," Brown told the Hull Daily Mail.
"However, we're awaiting discussions at the Newcastle end with regards to the possibility of him moving."
He added: "There is some mileage in it yet, but what we're dealing with at Newcastle is an unknown quantity.
"We don't know who is going to be the manager and what players that new man would want.
"We're in the dark a little bit at the minute."
Brown also revealed that Bolton were prepared to allow Nicky Hunt to move to the KC Stadium as part of the deal which saw Ricketts head in the opposite direction.
"They were trying to throw Nicky Hunt into the deal with Sam Ricketts, but I wasn't interested in that," said Brown. "But I'm interested in full-backs, with interest in two or three on the table."