Newcastle United are set to improve their offer for France and Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, according to The Mirror.
Lille had rejected a £4m bid from the Magpies last week, describing it as laughable for a player who had impressed at Euro 2012, but Newcastle are now prepared to up their offer to £6m in a desperate attempt to capture the highly-rated defender.
The 26-year-old won the French title with Lille in 2011 and has continued his development with the club this year and he shone for France during Euro 2012 earning many possible suitors in the process.
Should Lille accept the latest bid Debuchy could join the contingent of French players at the Sports Direct Arena with the likes of Yohan Cobaye and Hatem Ben Arfa already making an impressive impact at the club.
Pardew is looking to send out an earlier message with his summer signings with an attempt to land FC Twente striker Luuk De Jong gathering pace. If he can add Debuchy to the side, the club hope it may help them keep hold of their in-demand players this summer.