Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Lyon's Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
The Magpies have lodged a bid and hope to finalise the deal before transfer deadline day on Monday.
However the French club "categorically deny" a deal has been agreed for the 24-year-old defensive midfielder.
Newcastle hope to sign two or three players before the transfer window closes and are focusing their attention on France's Ligue 1.
Guimaraes - who has a contract with Lyon until 2024 - would add protection to a backline that has kept only two clean sheets in the Premier League this season.
However interest in Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos has ended, with the clubs unable to agree on a valuation.