Sky Sports understands Newcastle target Vurnon Anita has informed Ajax he wants to leave the club.
Newcastle have been chasing the Dutch international and have already seen one bid in the region of £5million rejected for his services.
Ajax are reluctant to lose the 23-year-old and are thought to be holding out for a fee of £8million for the midfielder.
Anita is keen to make the move to the Premier League and is hoping Newcastle can strike a deal with Ajax.
Anita is understood to have held talks with Ajax's new sporting director Marc Overmars on Tuesday and has told the club that he wants to move on.
The news is a boost for Newcastle as they look to secure the signing of Anita and they hope his request to leave will speed up his possible arrival on Tyneside.