Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi next summer.
The Frenchman was loaned out to Marseille during the summer transfer window with an option to buy.
He has since excelled with two goals and three assists for the French outfit, and they could sign him permanently.
Despite this, the Magpies are keeping a keen eye on the midfielder’s situation with a view to a future transfer.
The Magpies plan to spend significantly in the transfer market after the recent takeover from a Saudi-led consortium.
Their initial focus will be on pursuing experienced players in January that can help them avoid relegation from the top-flight.
However, the main plan appears on recruiting young and emerging stars that can help them achieve long-term success.
Guendouzi is one of several young players that they are monitoring at the moment.
Marseille could trigger the £10m buy clause on his loan contract next summer before selling him off for an instant profit.