Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Australian youngster Curtis Good, with the 19 year old having impressed Alan Pardew on his trial at St James' Park.

Good made the move from Australia to north-eastern England after being given the chance to train with the Toon, and is the club's third signing of the summer.

While his now-former club Melbourne Heart said they were sad to see Good leave, the side are hoping that he can demonstrate just how good their youth policy is with his performances for Newcastle.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for Curtis. Newcastle United is one of the biggest clubs in the United Kingdom, and we are absolutely delighted he has the opportunity to test his wares on such a stage," Heart manager John Aloisi told the club website.

"While Curtis will certainly be missed, his proposed transfer is a great affirmation of our youth policy, and a demonstration of the club's ability to assist in developing players to such an extent that they're able to move to one of Europe's leading competitions."

Mathieu Debuchy
Mathieu Debuchy is set to follow in Curtis Goods' footsteps and make the move to Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are also closing in on France international Mathieu Debuchy, and it would seem that the Lille star is just as keen to join the side as Pardew is to have him.

French teammate Yohan Cabaye insisted that the defender, who the Journal claims will likely move to the Toon this week, is very excited about the prospect of joining last season's surprise Champions League contenders.

"Mathieu has made a very difficult to decision to leave Lille but he has made the decision. Now I hope Newcastle push for Mathieu and I want them to do the deal," Cabaye said..

"I spoke with him two days ago and he told me he wants to come. I hope Derek (Llambias) and Mike Ashley will do the business now.

"He wants to play for Newcastle and I hope that he comes to Newcastle because, of course, he is my friend but also a very good player for Newcastle."

Debuchy would round off yet another French buy for Newcastle, with the team sticking to their no-frills transfer policy that brought a lot of criticism last summer, but brought the fruits of a fifth-place finish by the end of last season.