French midfielder Yohan Cabaye has called international teammate Mathieu Debuchy to join him at St James Park.
The Lille full-back has expressed his desire to leave les Dogues this summer and he has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle.
The highly rated defender is reportedly interested in joining the Magpies, where he would be reunited with former Lille captain Yohan Cabaye.
The player, who largely impressed since making a €5 million move to St James Park, hopes Newcastle can win the race for Debuchy.
“Mathieu has made a very difficult to decision to leave Lille but he has made the decision,” Cabaye told The Journal.
“Now I hope Newcastle push for Mathieu and I want them to do the deal. I spoke with him two days ago and he told me he wants to come. I hope Derek (Llambias) and Mike Ashley will do the business now.
“He wants to play for Newcastle and I hope that he comes to Newcastle because, of course, he is my friend but also a very good player for Newcastle.”
Debuchy is an attack-minded defender and he would form an excellent full-back partnership with Davide Santon at St James Park.