NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew is set to further strengthen his squad in the next couple of days after completing the transfer of defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier last night.
Pardew was hopeful of bringing in new recruits following the shock 2-1 home defeat against Reading at the weekend, a result that left the Magpies just two points and above the Premier League relegation zone.
And it seems his prayers have been answered, with Yanga-Mbiwa signing a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee to join compatriot and fellow new arrival Mathieu Debuchy.
He told the club's official website: "Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in the league and I'm going to try and give everything I have so that the team can do well."
While the France international's arrival may raise fears Fabricio Coloccini is heading for the exit door, Pardew believes his latest acquisition will give Newcastle a much-needed boost in their fight against relegation.
"We needed to strengthen the team and bringing in Mapou will give the whole squad a boost," Pardew said.
"Mapou is a talented footballer, good in the air and on the ground and has all the attributes to succeed as a quality defender in the Premier League.
"He's a good character too and that will be important for us over the next few months."
It seems almost certain he will not be the last player to arrive on Tyneside before Newcastle travel to fellow strugglers Aston Villa next Tuesday, with Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran and Nancy full-back Massadio Haidara close to moves. Indeed, Gouffran announced on Twitter last night that he would complete his move today.
He wrote: "I need a new challenge and therefore I hope that you respect my choice. I will follow all the results of the Girondins (Bordeaux).
"Tomorrow I will be a new player of Newcastle and I am proud. Thanks to everyone....kisses."
Meanwhile, Ligue 1 strugglers Nancy revealed on their official website yesterday they had reached an agreement over the sale of 20-year-old Haidara.
There are also high hopes midfielder Moussa Sissoko will join the growing French contingent at St James' Park after the 22-year-old was left out of the squad for Toulouse's scheduled Coupe de France clash with PSG.