Sunday 26 October 2014

French revolution to bolster Newcastle ranks

Published 23/01/2013 | 05:00

Newcastle United have banished some of the gloom which has surrounded St James' Park this month after finalising deals for three players at a combined cost of £11.5m.

The Tyneside club will confirm the £7m signing of Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa today after he belatedly arrived for a medical on Tyneside, and will swiftly follow that up with the capture of Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran (right) for just under £1m and Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara in a deal worth just over £3m.

Gouffran impressed against Newcastle in the Europa League group stage earlier this season, while Haidara, a highly-rated 20-year-old, rejected interest from Roma to sign for them.

Those three signings will almost certainly be followed by the earlier-than-expected capture of midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse.

The 22-year-old was due to sign a pre-contract agreement to move to Newcastle as a free agent in the summer, but they will offer around £1m to sign him this month.

With France international right-back Mathieu Debuchy having already signed for £5.5m, the transfers will take the number of French-speaking players in Newcastle's first-team squad to 15.

Irish Independent

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