St James’ Park side to finally land Lille defender.
Newcastle have agreed a £5.5m deal to sign Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy who is set to fly over to Tyneside in the next few days.
Debuchy is preparing to leave the club he grew up at and embark on a new phase of his career, but he will be welcomed to the club by former teammate Yohan Cabaye – who was also part of Lille’s double winning squad of 2011.
Newcastle United have been chasing Mathieu Debuchy for over six months, Alan Pardew’s interest in the right-back pre-dating his impressive display at the Euro 2012 finals and the fact that he is close friends with Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye may well have helped to finally get a deal done, or so this source states.
The 27 year old defender may well be considered a replacement for Danny Simpson, who is in the final year of his Newcastle United contract.
Having seen his side leak goals with alarming ease, 11 in the past two matches, Pardew may well have felt it was time to seal the deal to bring in the French international.
Lille have struggled to keep hold of their best talent following their Ligue 1 title success in 2010/11 with boss Rudi Garcia losing the likes of Gervinho, Eden Hazard, Cabaye and Moussa Sow to name just four.
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