The Geordies have conceded defeat in their bid to sign Lyon ace Bafetimbi Gomis.

And with Aston Villa outcast Darren Bent also unlikely to join the Toon have turned to the 24-year-old Genk star.

Vossen has 11 caps for Belgium and has scored 65 goals in the past three seasons for Genk.

Everton and Sunderland were linked with the 5ft 11in forward last season but failed to follow up their initial interest.

However Newcastle will table a £7m bid for Vossen before their Premier League opener at Manchester City on Monday.

The Magpies have taken Loic Remy on a season-long loan from QPR but the Frenchman has a calf injury and will miss the big kick-off.

Newcastle thought they had a deal for Gomis and Toon midfielder Moussa Sissoko revealed his pal is desperate to join the club.

But Gomis is in dispute with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and the Toon’s director of football Joe Kinnear is unwilling to revive a deal that has turned into a saga.