Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says signing players from Ligue 1 has been a successful recipe for the club.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini is set to stay, and another Frenchman is unveiled.
Newcastle United have signed a second French player in 24 hours. Forward Yoan Gouffran will join the club from Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee. He arrived on the same day as defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
French side Montpellier have confirmed that defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has signed for Newcastle United.
The Ligue 1 club said on their official website: "The whole club wishes him good luck for the rest of his career."