France international Remy Cabella has arrived on Tyneside as Newcastle attempt to push home their long-standing interest in the player.
Press Association Sport understands the Montpellier midfielder was in the city on Sunday evening 48 hours after it emerged that the two clubs were close to reaching agreement over his transfer.
Manager Alan Pardew will hope for a positive result after Cabella cut short his holiday to travel to England.
He would become the club's fourth summer signing after Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez, but perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated to date.
The Magpies targeted Cabella in January after selling Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain, but were unable to reach an agreement with Montpellier.
However, all the indications they have had from the player since then have been positive and there is optimism on Tyneside that they can finally get their man.