Newcastle close in on Debuchy
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is poised to make a significant transfer breakthrough as he closes in on Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy.
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It is understood the two clubs are close to agreeing a deal for the 26-year-old defender, who was part of France's Euro 2012 finals squad.
The Magpies have been on Debuchy's trail for some time, but have so far been unable to persuade Lille to part with the player, and reports earlier this week suggested they were ready to offer him a new deal.
However, it appears things could now move quickly and that Debuchy could become Pardew's third, but most significant, summer signing to date.
Current first-choice right-back Danny Simpson has so far not signed a new contract on Tyneside and his departure is looking increasingly likely as he prepares to enter the final year of his existing deal despite his insistence that he wants to stay.
Pardew has admitted Newcastle may be finding themselves victims of their own success as they attempt to land their summer transfer targets.
Asked if their recent track record was making life more difficult, Pardew replied: "Possibly, possibly, but the market dictates, really.
"It's all well and good a club asking for an unrealistic figure, but the bottom line is that the price will be the price.
"You have to be patient in the market sometimes to get the man that you want. Nine times out of 10, the two owners get together and it all becomes very realistic.
"But up until that point, it gets a bit cloudy."