Kevin Keegan is set to make a decision on trialist Sebastien Bassong after he turned in a fine display in Newcastle's latest pre-season friendly.
The Metz defender played the full 90 minutes as the Magpies lost 1-0 to Doncaster on Saturday.
He has been training with the rest of the squad for the past week and Keegan admits he has been impressed.
The Newcastle boss is now mulling over whether the 22-year-old has done enough to earn a deal.
"I thought he did very well and we'll see where we go from here," Keegan told the club's official website.
"He's not a kid. He's played 70-odd times in the French First Division and has played for France Under-21s.
"He's one we've had with us a week and we've seen him train and wanted to see him in a match and this was a very good test for him.
"For someone new he did very well."