Newcastle are ready to put in an £8m bid for Tom Ince.
Newcastle have been linked with loan moves for Tom Cleverley and James McCarthy of Everton but a permanent deal for Ince would be preferred to those two options.
Despite an impressive start to the season Newcastle are only six points clear of third placed Reading who have a game in hand.
Bringing in Ince would give the midfield a boost and also deal a major blow to one of their promotion rivals.
Ince has had a colourful career turning out for six clubs since leaving Liverpool but appears to have found some form at Derby after signing in a £5m deal from Hull 18 months ago.
With eight goals from 23 Championship appearances a repeat of that form could make the difference between automatic promotion and the play-off lottery.