Newcastle United are hoping to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino their fifth signing of the summer, according to a tweet from The Chronicle's Chief Sports Writer Lee Ryder.
It is believed that a deal could be reached within the next 24 hours. Having appeared just nine times for Dortmund since his €3.75 million move to the German giants last summer, Merino will be seeking more playing time with a switch to Tyneside.
This would continue a busy window for Rafa Benitez's side, who have already spent a total of over £30m on the likes of Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy, Florian Lejeune, and Javier Manquilo.
Merino would represent another exciting addition to a team which seems determined to cement its place back in the top flight.
The Spain U21 international had previously looked to be closing in on a return to his home country with Athletic Bilbao, but it now appears that Newcastle is his most likely destination.