Newcastle United are edging closer to wrapping up a deal for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.

The Evening Chronicle says Maiga is set to undergo a medical in London ahead of a move to Newcastle United - according to sources in France.

The Sochaux star has been linked with the Magpies since last August when a move to Tyneside fell through in the dying stages of the transfer window.

However, United have never dropped their interest in the African and with Alan Pardew keen to bolster his squad for the second part of the season, moves have been made to complete the deal early in the window.