Newcastle are understood to have approached Marseille to enquire about the possibility of signing striker Loic Remy
Magpies boss Alan Pardew is looking for cover up front for Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the event that Senegal qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, meaning he could be without his star duo for much of January and February next year.
Remy has been linked with a move away from France since last season, with Tottenham having lodged an unsuccessful bid to land him in January, while north London rivals Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in the France international.
The Tynesiders have now made their move for the 25-year-old after they reportedly sent officials to the Stade Velodrome to negotiate a deal with the Ligue 1 outfit, who value their player at £15million.
Les Phoceens sporting director Jose Anigo has acknowledged sales first need to be completed in order for them to buy, due to financial difficulties at the French club, and Remy - who is under contract until June 2015 - admits the economic situation will dictate his future.
“I am contracted to Marseille but if the club wants to sell me, there is not much I can do about it,” he told Sky Sports.
“The transfer window closes on August 31, so there is plenty of time [for something to happen].”