Aston Villa defender James Collins has become a wanted man in the north east with both Newcastle and Sunderland hoping to convince the centre-back to leave Villa Park in January.
Toon boss Alan Pardew is desperate to strengthen his defensive options after learning that Steven Taylor would be ruled out for the rest of the season, while Fabricio Coloccini has also struggled with injury this season.
Newcastle had a fantastic start to the season but have struggled in recent weeks and Pardew knows that he must add to his squad in January if he wants to maintain the clubs position in the top six.
The 28-year-old is also wanted by Sunderland as manager Martin O'Neill wants to reunite with the player he signed from West Ham back in 2009.
Collins has 18 months left on his contract and it is believed that he could be snapped up for as little as £5million, a bargain for such an experienced defender in the Premier League.
Newcastle have plenty of money to spend after the sales of Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique and would certainly have no problems preparing an offer.
However, Collins could well prefer a move to Sunderland where he would once again be working with O'Neill, who has previously brought the best out of the Wales international.