Tuesday 12 December 2017

French revolution to bolster Newcastle ranks

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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