Glenn Roeder has confirmed his interest in bringing West Brom defender Curtis Davies to Newcastle.
The Magpies chief has seen a number of moves fail to bear fruit this month, as he attempts to beef up his options.
Roeder has made strengthening his defence one of his key priorities and Davies would appear to be high on his wish-list.
"Getting top-class young English defenders like Curtis Davies is proving a tough nut to crack," he told the Evening Chronicle.
"I have to say he's one of the players we have targeted in the January window, but if we don't get him he has to be a possibility for the summer."
Roeder also confirmed an approach for one of Arsenal's young guns had fallen on deaf ears.
"We have asked Arsenal if we could have one of their young players on loan, but Arsene Wenger said he wants to keep him at the moment because he is not ready to play Premiership football week-in, week-out," stated Roeder.
"We have accepted Arsene's decision and, as far as this player is concerned, that is the end of the matter."