Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keeping his fingers crossed that a fifth summer signing will arrive on Tyneside within the next 24 hours.
Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat’s agent has claimed the 24-year-old is due in the north-east on Tuesday.
Sources on Tyneside were giving little away on Monday, but there is growing optimism that Janmaat could become the club’s latest new recruit.
Should Newcastle manage to complete the deal, that would open the door for Mathieu Debuchy’s move to Arsenal with the Gunners confident they have got their man, but unable to complete the formalities until their Barclays Premier League rivals have a replacement on board.
A successful swoop for Janmaat, who has just returned from World Cup finals duty in Brazil, would represent another breakthrough for Pardew, who added France midfielder Remy Cabella to his squad on Sunday night.
It is understood the Magpies agreed a deal for the former Montpellier man for a little more than £7million, which was all paid up front with no add-ons, once again justifying their concentration on the European, rather than domestic, market.
As well as Cabella, Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez have arrived at St James’ Park this summer and if Janmaat is added to their number, he is unlikely to be the last signing.
Pardew is yet to address the glaring lack of bodies in the striking department with Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong having left the club after loan spells and Shola Ameobi departing as a free agent.
The club is targeting specialist frontmen despite the manager’s assertion that both Cabella and De Jong can play in advanced roles, and Newcastle have been linked with Remy and fellow old boy Demba Ba among others with their respective futures as yet unresolved.
Meanwhile, Cabella, who interrupted his holiday to sign for the Magpies, headed back to the beach already planning to establish himself among Newcastle’s greatest French imports.
The 24-year-old, who will not join up with his team-mates until the end of the month and will therefore not travel to New Zealand with them next weekend, has signed a six-year deal to become the latest recruit from his country to ply his trade at St James’ Park.
He could make his competitive debut for the club in the Premier League opener against Manchester City next month, and he will do so hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of David Ginola and Laurent Robert.
Cabella told nufcTV: “Yes, that’s something I am here for. I am looking to improve all the time and hopefully become one of the best. I just love improving.
“I love to play. Big matches or little matches, I am always there. It makes me want to play more, the fact that this match is such a big one at the start, and I am looking forward to just getting involved in the season.
“My first match at Newcastle is something I have been really looking forward to.”
Cabella freely admits he modelled himself on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as a youngster, but insists he has become his own man as he has matured in the game.
He said: “I loved to learn how to dribble like him [Ronaldo] and do the tricks, but now I am on the professional stage, I have my own way.
“I am looking to improve all the time and Newcastle is a well-known, very good club. I just love to improve and that’s what I’m here to do.”