Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has denied claims that the club have agreed a deal to sign the Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Sissoko, 23, is in the last year of his current contract with Toulouse, meaning clubs outside France would be able to speak to him on January 1.
Reports late on Sunday claimed Newcastle had already agreed to sign the combative midfielder, but Pardew said it was "news to me" when asked about the reports after his side's late win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
France international Sissoko, who has five caps for Les Bleus, has previously attracted interest from Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
He played the full 90 minutes for Toulouse at the weekend as they ran out comfortable 3-1 winners against Brest.