NEWCASTLE United face competition for Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy - from Real Madrid.
Reports in France suggest Jose Mourinho is ready to pay almost £8m to sign the right back.
Mourinho is said to be unhappy at the form of Alvaro Arbeloa, and keen to sign Debuchy to challenge him for a place in his side.
United had a £5m bid for the 27-year-old - who is injured, and won’t feature for Lille in their Champions League play-off against Copenhagen tonight - rejected earlier this summer.
And Newcastle were considering improving their offer before Friday night’s transfer deadline.
However, should Real formally bid for Debuchy, United’s pursuit of the defender, a close friend of Yohan Cabaye, will be all but over, despite the player’s keeness to come to St James’s Park.
The news on Debuchy comes after the agent of another target - FC Twente’s Douglas - suggested the centre-half was to stay in Holland for another season.
Douglas had been expected to leave the club this summer, with Newcastle rivalling Fulham for his signature.
However, his representative, Rodrigo da Silveira, has seemingly ruled out a move to the Premier League after months of speculation surrounding his future, though his public stance could yet be brinkmanship.
“We are not in London, and won’t go to London,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
“We are with Douglas in Enschede, and are not negotiating with Fulham.
“On Thursday Douglas will play against Bursaspor (in the Europa League). Douglas is very happy at FC Twente and wanted to remain there this season.”
Douglas – who was born in Brazil – this month secured Dutch citizenship after five years residency in the country.
Meanwhile, boyhood Newcastle fan Adam Campbell is desperate to make his St James’s Park debut – with his family in the stands.
The 17-year-old came off the bench to make a first appearance for the club in last week’s 1-1 draw against Atromitos in a Europa League qualifier.
And Campbell – who was lively in his brief cameo in the Peristeri Stadium – is hoping to be involved in the return leg tomorrow night.
However, Campbell – who was only expecting to play for United in the Professional Development League this season – isn’t taking anything for granted.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said, “I want to be involved in as many squads as I can of course, but as I keep saying, I’ll just go one game at a time.
“Just to get into the squad was beyond my wildest dreams, and just to be rubbing shoulders with some of the lads is great for me.”