Charlton are poised to make a £1.5m move for Newcastle's Lee Bowyer, according to the Sun newspaper.
Bowyer, 28, started his career with the Addicks after joining as a trainee.
The midfielder left the club for Leeds for £2.8m in 1996 but is seen by Charlton boss Alan Curbishley as a player to add steel to his side.
But BBC Sport understands that no formal approach has been made to the player, who turned down a move to Birmingham earlier in the summer.
Newcastle had accepted a bid for the London-born player but Bowyer turned it down as he feared for his physical safety.
Bowyer is currently in pre-season training with Newcastle as they prepare for the new Premiership season.
But his future in the north east has been in doubt since his on-the-field bust-up with team-mate Kieron Dyer during a match last season.