Ligue 1 champions Lille could rival Newcastle United in the race to sign Paris St Germain striker Mevlut Erding.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew has been busy raiding French football for summer signings after bringing in Yohan Cabaye from Lille and Sylvain Marveaux from Rennes.
He also added to his attacking options by capturing Demba Ba on Friday and, earlier in the week, admitted an interest in Erding.
Pardew has already missed out on Kevin Gameiro since the end of last season and may now face competition if he pursues Erding further.
Lille, who are in talks to sell Gervinho to Arsenal, will need to replace the Ivory Coast ace and are keeping tabs on Erding's situation at PSG.
"Mevlut Erding is a player that we are following," Lille's general manager Frederic Paquet told mercato365.com.
"There is no contact, but we know about him. He's a great player."