Borussia Dortmund midfielder MIkel Merino has been pictured on Tyneside ahead of a move to Newcastle United.
Merino is set to complete a switch to St James's Park.
The proposed season-long loan move is understood to be with a view to a permanent transfer to Newcastle.
Merino was photographed outside the Freeman Hospital this afternoon by Twitter user @MichaelGladders.
The 21-year-old reportedly has a £6.2million release clause in his contract at the Bundesliga club.
The Pamplona-born player joined Dortmund from Osasuna last year.
However, Merino made just seven appearances for the club last season.