Newcastle United’s long-running bid to sign Mathieu Debuchy faces a crucial 48 hours.
The club is hopeful of agreeing a deal for the Lille defender by the middle of the week.
Up to now, the sticking point has been the fee for the 27-year-old.
Lille are understood to be holding out for around £8m for the right-back, and United’s initial bid fell well short of that.
However, work is ongoing on a deal to bring the France international, a close friend of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, to St James’s Park.
United manager Alan Pardew wouldn’t be drawn on the identity of the club’s transfer targets.
But he’s optimistic that the club is close to a transfer breakthrough.
“I’m hoping by the end of the week somebody will be through the door,” said Pardew.
“I really do, and there’s a good chance of that.”
For his part, Debuchy has gone public with his desire to leave Lille.
Meanwhile, a deal for Melbourne Heart defender Curtis Good should be tied up early this week.
The 19-year-old had a successful trial at the club in April.
Good, a centre-half, travelled to Tyneside last week for a medical ahead of a move.