Lille centre-back Aurelien Chedjou says he would love the opportunity to test himself in the Premier League.
"I am delighted when teams are being linked with me because it means that I am doing well," the £12million-valued defender told skysports.com.
"My agent (Gregory) Gelebert is working with the clubs interested in me, but I am relaxed about the situation.
"Newcastle have shopped in France before and with the likes of (Yohan) Cabaye and former Lille right-back (Mathieu) Debuchy there already, so I will be in a good environment.
"But there is nothing official with Newcastle just yet. It's all paper talk."