Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has confirmed his intention to land French striker Frederic Piquionne on loan from St Etienne.
The forward has been one of the most talked about players during January's transfer window, as the likes of Lyon, Paris Saint Germain, West Ham, Tottenham and Real Betis have all been credited with an interest.
Les Verts made a strong attempt to retain the services of the forward, but Piquionne made it clear that he fancied a new challenge.
It would appear that the forward is set to get his wish, with Newcastle jumping to the head of the chase.
Roeder is striving to beef up his squad and he has confirmed the club are looking to secure a loan deal with St Etienne.
Standard Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu is also a target and Roeder said: "We want to take Onyewu and Piquionne on loan and we are now waiting for permission for their clubs to do so."
Newcastle have been strongly linked with a move for Ryan Babel, but it remains to be seen if a deal is pushed through with Ajax following the news of the interest in Piquionne.