Sochaux have confirmed that Newcastle have moved for Modibo Maiga but the deal will only go ahead if they sign Leeds United's Max Gradel. The Magpies have been tracking the Mali international throughout the summer and are believed to have offered €8million (£7m) to secure his signature. Sochaux chairman Alexander Lacombe: "There has been an offer from them (Newcastle). "But my goal is to maintain a competitive team. "I won't sell Modibo without having found a replacement. "We hope to finalise the deal for Gradel. "It's a deal which is at an advanced stage."