Newcastle are believed to be leaning toward permitting halfback Mitchell Pearce to depart the club for Super League side Catalans in the coming days.
Shocks reports emerged on Friday that Pearce had been tabled a stunning three-year deal from the Dragons worth close to $1.8 million, with a release needed from the Knights for the 32-year-old to head abroad.
Pearce is understood to be set to request a release from the Hunter club in order to land the move to France, replacing the recently retired James Maloney.
The move would likely mean Pearce has played his last match in the NRL, with the Catalans deal set to take him into his mid-30s.
TheDaily Telegraphhave revealed a request is set to a formal release this weekend, with the Knights believed to be more likely to give their veteran playmaker the green light than not.