The striker had been offered to Lille earlier on in the window, but a talks did not become concrete because Newcastle wanted to sell the player and not allow him to go out on loan.
As it stands, Newcastle’s position is the same. They want to sell the player outright but Lille are only willing to sign the player on loan with an option to buy.
The question is whether or not NUFC will concede defeat in the final hours of the window.
He (like a large number of French signings in recent seasons) has failed to light up St James' Park.