Pardew delight after Marveaux joins Newcastle
Published 20/06/2011 | 05:00
NEWCASTLE have snapped up Rennes midfielder Sylvain Marveaux, who had been heavily tipped to sign for Liverpool.
The 25-year-old will formally complete a Bosman free transfer move to St James' Park on July 1 after signing a five-year deal. It appears Marveaux's proposed move to Anfield broke down because of a problem with his medical.
The former France U-21 international has been out of action since November with a groin injury. However, the Magpies carried out their own checks and are confident that it will not be an issue, and have snapped up their third close-season signing.
"It's a great coup to have signed Sylvain, who has received interest from a number of other clubs," Pardew said. "He may not be well known to many of our fans, but he is a real talent and a player we have been keeping an eye on for some time. It's been a good couple of days for us on the transfer front."
Marveaux is a left-sided midfielder and the third Frenchman recruited to the Newcastle engine room in the last year or so after Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye.
Confirmation of his capture comes just a day after the Magpies unveiled Senegal striker Demba Ba as their second summer arrival, following in Cabaye's wake.
Having achieved such success with former FC Twente midfielder Cheick Tiote last season, the Magpies will hope for a similar return from their latest acquisitions.
Pardew is also edging closer to completing a move for Swansea full-back Neil Taylor, while Ba's arrival is unlikely to end his search for strikers with Leon Best and Nile Ranger both surplus to requirements.