NEWCASTLE have made a move to replace Yohan Cabaye by tabling a bid for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier.
It is understood the Magpies have made an undisclosed, but substantial offer for the 23-year-old Frenchman.
The move came this morning, with Cabaye expected to complete his big money move to Paris St Germain later today.
Grenier is one of a series of potential targets identified as the club drew up a contingency plan with speculation mounting that PSG would make a January move for Cabaye.
The France international has scored 12 goals in 89 appearances for Lyon.
However, his current manager Remi Garde has voiced his hope that the player will not be sold this month, and it remains to be seen whether or not the Magpies can tempt the Ligue 1 club to part with him.
Newcastle's valuation of Cabaye was in excess of £20million and although the fee they have agreed with PSG has not been disclosed, manager Alan Pardew has urged owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear to invest a significant proportion of the proceeds in a replacement.
Pardew was hopeful of making at least one January signing before the interest in his star man was formalised, and Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong is due to undergo a medical on Tyneside today with a view to completing an initial loan move to St James' Park.
But a successful swoop for Grenier before Friday night's transfer deadline would provide a further boost to a club in desperate need of a new playmaker.