PARIS (Reuters) – Newcastle United’s French shopping spree continued on Tuesday when they signed France and Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga Mbiwa and Girondins Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran.
French champions Montpellier said on their website (www.mhsc-foot.com) that Yanga Mbiwa’s transfer to the Premier League side was agreed pending the completion of a medical.
Yanga Mbiwa, 23, has won three caps and is regarded as one of the top centre backs in France.
Later on Tuesday, the 26-year-old Gouffran, who has scored eight Ligue 1 goals this season, wrote on his Twitter feed: "Tomorrow I will be a Newcastle player and I am proud.
"Thanks to all who supported me, thanks to the officials and staff members who helped me grow, I needed a new challenge I hope you will understand," he added.
Newcastle, fifth in the Premier League last season, are 16th this term and stand only two points above the relegation places.
The north-east side have also drafted in Lille and France right back Mathieu Debuchy in the transfer window and Nancy fullback Massadio Haidara is poised to join the club’s French contingent which already included midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
Newcastle have been hit by defensive injuries this season and the new arrivals will help cover for the expected exit of captain Fabricio Coloccini amid reports the centre half wants to return home to Argentina.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)
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