Algerian midfielder Abdelhakim Omrani has been offered a trial at Newcastle United with a view to a permanent deal.
The 20-year-old playmaker had previously been on trial at German giants Bayern Munich where he had impressed, but neither party could agree a deal and Omrani remained at his current side, RC Lens.
The French-born starlet has pledged his international allegiance to Algeria, similar to Newcastle youngster Mehdi Abeid, who also signed from French side RC Lens.
The move again highlights Newcastle’s willingness to buy abroad, focusing heavily on the French market, where they have built up a big reputation after signing France Internationals Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye. Manager Alan Pardew insisted that any player that would join the club in the January window would be under the age of 26.