Newcastle poised to strengthen
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes his new French revolution can steer the club away from the Barclays Premier League drop zone with his transfer window frustration about to end.
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Defenders Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara are expected to seal moves to Tyneside within the next 48 hours while hopes are also high that the Magpies will win the race to sign Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse.
Montpellier confirmed the departure of Yanga-Mbiwa pending a medical on their official website, with a fee believed to be in the region of £7million agreed for the French international.
Meanwhile a statement from Ligue 1 strugglers Nancy confirmed that 20-year-old full-back Haidara is also set to join the Magpies subject to a medical following an agreement between the clubs.
Their statement said: "After 46 games and two-and-a-half years in the Nancy shirt, Massadio Haidara is leaving for Newcastle United, currently 16th in the Premier League.
"The two clubs have reached an agreement and will finalise the transfer on Tuesday."
The deals will come as a great relief for Pardew, who was put under more pressure by Saturday's shock 2-1 home defeat to Reading, which left them languishing just two points above the relegation zone.
The news came hot on the heels of more frustration in the transfer market for Pardew, who lost out in the bid to sign striker Loic Remy from Marseille. Another French defender, Mathieu Debuchy, remains his only January signing to date.
Yanga-Mbiwa told Montpellier's official website: "This [England] is a country where everybody loves football and I really want to experience this culture. It is one of the things you want to discover as a player.
"I feel I have given everything to the maximum while at Montpellier. They have been like my second family and have given me everything. There were hard times and good times but there is a very strong bond that unites us."
Newcastle's chase for Sissoko looked set to pay off when the player was left out of the squad for Toulouse's scheduled French Cup clash with Paris St Germain on Wednesday night.