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Magpies closing on Haidara deal

Newcastle United have confirmed deal to Nancy defender Massaido Haidara Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

French side Nancy have confirmed that a deal has been reached with Newcastle United for defender Massaido Haidara.

It's understood the 20-year-old is now travelling to Tyneside to undergo a medical and complete the transfer.

The Ligue 1 club announced the deal in a statement on their official website. It reads: "After 46 games in two-and-a-half-years under the jersey ASNL, Massadio Haidara is leaving his former club for Newcastle United, currently sixteenth in the Premier League."

The Magpies will also hope to complete the signing of Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa this week.

Newcastle's Gouffran bid rejected

Yoan Gouffran plays for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Bordeaux are understood to have rejected a bid from Newcastle United for striker Yoan Gouffran.

French newspapers have reported that the Magpies made an offer of around 750,000 euros (£630,000) for the 26-year-old, which was turned down. It's believed the Ligue 1 side have put a price tag of one million euros on the France Under-21 international, who has six months remaining on his contract.

Gouffran, who joined Bordeaux from Caen in 2008, has scored 11 goals in 22 games this season.

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Yanga-Mbiwa set for Magpies medical

France international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is due on Tyneside on Monday for a medical Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

France international defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is expected to undergo a medical with Newcastle United on Monday.

It's understood the Magpies have agreed a £6.7 million fee with Ligue 1 side Montpellier for the 23-year-old, and the player is set to sign a four-year deal on Tyneside.

Yanga-Mbiwa will become the Alan Pardew's second January signing after his France teammate Mathieu Debuchy joined the club earlier this month.

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Hughton expects Magpies revival

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says he expects Newcastle United to start climbing the Premier League table once their injured players return to action.

The Magpies have been without a host of key stars in recent months and have slipped to 15th in their absence, but many of them could be back playing over the coming weeks.

Hughton's side welcome Newcastle to Carrow Road this Saturday. Speaking ahead of the match, he said: "We know it's not one of the better periods for Newcastle, but we know what quality that they have in the squad. We know they're capable of winning any game."

He added: "Most people expect that once they get their bigger players and some of the injuries back that they'll start climbing up the league."

Injury woes ease for Magpies

Newcastle United could welcome back a host of players for Saturday's Premier League trip to Norwich.

The Magpies have been missing some key personel in recent weeks and were forced to field a weakened team during last weekend's FA Cup exit at the hands of Brighton. However, some of those absentees could return for the visit to Carrow Road.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini is expected to back among the starting line-up, as is striker Papiss Cisse after both missed the 2-0 defeat at the Amex.

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy could be handed his club debut after completing his move from Lille, while his France international team-mate Yohan Cabaye could be named among the substitutes after recovering from a groin injury.

Speaking ahead of the match, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: "Steven Taylor I think will be ready for Reading. Cabaye will certainly be ready for Reading.

"Jonas [Gutierrez] is fit, and he'll be available for Norwich. So we're looking like we're getting some senior bodies back in and around the team at a crucial time.

"We really need to get ourselves some momentum. So I think for our fans, who we really let down last week, that we give a really good account of ourselves at Norwich and start getting points on the board."

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