Newcastle are looking to replace Demba Ba with the Frenchman, with the Senegalese set for Chelsea.
Le 10 Sport report that the Magpies are in discussions over a move with the French club.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.