Friday, January 25, 2013


English premier league side Newcastle have signed Massadio Haidara, the fourth Frenchman manager Alan Pardew has signed this month.

The 20-year-old Nancy full-back made the switch to the North East this evening, and is likely to be joined by Moussa Sissoko over the coming days.

Haidara's compatriot, and Pardew's third signing, Yoan Gouffran embarked upon his Newcastle career confident relegation is not on the agenda.

The 26-year-old striker signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park after completing a move for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £1.4million, from Bordeaux.

He arrived with the Magpies sitting just two points clear of the bottom three and facing a six-pointer at fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Tuesday evening.

Haidara admitted he chose Newcastle because Alan Pardew assembled 'a Ligue 1 team in the English league'.

He told l' 'I feel like I'm in France. It's a Ligue 1 team in the English league. I haven't had the chance yet to meet everyone, only Mapou and Yoan. We crossed paths at the medical and we're in the same hotel.'

'It's good, we're going to see each other regularly.'

There are now 10 French players at the club and Haidara added: 'Yes, that counted. I'm still very young, I need help. To go overseas, it's a bit like going into the unknown. That should help me to adapt.'

Haidara leaves Nancy bottom of Ligue 1, with just one win all season, for 16th-placed Newcastle, who have taken just four points from the last eight games to leave them two points and two places off the relegation zone.

However, he believes the teams' plights cannot be compared, saying: 'It's not the same struggle, we're not in the "red zone".'

Gouffran's recruitment addressed one of the more pressing issues facing Pardew this month following the departure of leading scorer Demba Ba for Chelsea.

The Magpies have scored just twice in the four games since Ba left for Stamford Bridge and, with Papiss Cisse struggling for form, greater potency was a must as the manager drew up his wish-list.

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