The signing of Romain Amalfitano from Reims was announced earlier today by Newcastle.
Mathieu Debuchy – on his way to Newcastle?
And while that was expected for a few months now, there is also news today that Newcastle could be bringing in another two Frenchman to the club.
The first one seems highly likely, as Mathieu Debuchy did what Yohan Cabaye did last year, and bid an emotional goodbye to the Lille fans after what was almost certainly his last game for the French club.
Like Yohan Cabaye, before he joined the Magpies, Lille is the only club Mathieu has ever played for, and he joined them back in 2003.
Yohan Cabaye has said his close friend very much wants to join Newcastle, and we could have an announcement from Newcastle on that fairly soon, or so the rumors go.
The other player we are linked with would also be a tremendous signing, and the player is Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who Newcastle have been linked with him all season.
One advantage the French U21 International has, is that he can play anywhere across the back four, and Alan Pardew wants to sign at least one versatile defender in this transfer window.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – would be great signing for Newcastle
Mapou has also been named in the provisional French squad of 27 for the Euro 2012 Championships, and with Tottenham center-back Younes Kaboul out injured and not available, the Montpellier center-back could see himself make the final squad of 23.
We’re not sure if Newcastle will be able to sign these two players before the European Championships, because generally clubs like to hold onto their players and hope they have good tournaments, which will help raise their transfer fee.
But Newcastle on the other hand will want to sign their targets just as soon as possible in the summer, and if they can capture Debuchy and Yanga-Mbiwa, we could be watching four Newcastle players in French colors this summer.
We have no idea if these reports are true, but certainly Debuchy and Yanga-Mbiwa would be great signings for Newcastle – there’s no doubt about that.
What do you think?