Newcastle United are close to agreeing a deal with the midfielder manager Alan Pardew had hoped would provide the crosses for ?35million striker Andy Carroll.
Rennes player Sylvain Marveaux has been identified by Newcastle's chief scout Graham Carr as the man to replace winger Wayne Routledge, who joined Queen's Park Rangers on loan in the January transfer window.
Marveaux, 24, will be out of contract this summer and is close to signing a pre-contract agreement ahead of a move to St James' Park.
Meanwhile, Shola Ameobi could be out for up to two months after fracturing his cheekbone against Fulham.
Pardew is considering a possible deal for free agent Jeremie Aliadiere, the former Arsenal and Middlesbrough striker, as he looks to fill the gap.
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