Newcastle United are reportedly set to complete four major signings from Ligue 1 this week as Alan Pardew attempts to ensure that the Magpies remain in the English top flight.
Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa finally completed his much-awaited move to St James' Park on Tuesday, while the Daily Mirror claims two more French players underwent medicals on the same day; Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara and Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran.
Haidara, a France U-21 star, is all set to sign at St James' Park, after Nancy confirmed that the two clubs have reached an agreement for the 20-year-old.
"After 46 games and two-and-a-half years in the Nancy shirt, Massadio Haidara is leaving for Newcastle. The two clubs have reached an agreement and will finalise the transfer on Tuesday," read a statement on the club's Web site.
Meanwhile, Gouffran revealed he will become a Newcastle United player on Wednesday. The 26-year-old was understood to have travelled to Tyneside for discussions with Pardew, after Bordeaux accepted the bid from the Magpies for the forward, who will be out of contract in the summer.
"Tomorrow I will be a Newcastle player," a translation of Gouffran's tweet reads.
The Toon also seem to have won the race for Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, with reports suggesting that the 23-year-old has flown in for his medical on Tyneside. Ligue 1 sides Marseille and Monaco were also understood to be interested in the player but he chose to join the Premier League outfit.
Newcastle had already signed right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille earlier in this window. The five new French players would join compatriots Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux in Pardew's ranks.
Magpies forward Sammy Ameobi joked that he needed to brush up on his French with the news of the club's proposed new additions to their French contingent.
"Need to brush up on my French because this is just getting ridiculous lol," Ameobi tweeted.
Meanwhile, Yanga-Mbiwa, who put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year contract at St. James' Park, expressed his delight in joining Newcastle.
"It is an honour to be able to come to Newcastle United and have the chance to play in the Premier League. Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in the league, and I'm going to try and give everything I have so that the team can do well. I have experienced a lot of positive things so far in my career and one of those is joining this club," the 23-year-old said.
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