They report that Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano has already arrived in the North East to finalise a three year contract although it seems as if the deal between the two clubs was arranged back in February.
Amalfitano has helped his club to gain promotion to Ligue 1 but with his contract up this summer it follows the policy that Newcastle have employed – trying to secure value from an over-inflated transfer market – over the last couple of years.
Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been a long term target of Newcastle United and the article in The Independent states that talks have begun between the two clubs. However there will be competition for Mbiwa due to the fact that Montpellier have won their first ever Ligue 1 title but it seems as if he has indicated that he would prefer a move to Newcastle United.
It also seems that Newcastle are ready to raid Lille again after the successful transfer of Yohan Cabaye to the club during the summer of last year. This time they are targeting Mathieu Debuchy, a right-back, who bid an emotional farewell to the Lille supporters strongly indicating that he is departing the club that he has been at from the age of eight. With Cabaye being a good friend of Debuchy that seems set to strengthen their chances of signing the French international to the team.
If all these three signings as reported by the Independent come to fruition then Newcastle will have ten French-born players in their squad. The work of Graham Carr has been vital to this French revolution emerging at the club and shows how dipping into the French and Dutch markets the club is able to purchase quality players without having to spend massive amounts of money on each of them.
Although the window is not officially open, it is clear Newcastle are already making waves into the transfer market to sign the players who will add more quality to the side.« Do we need to sell a star to thrive? | Colo keen on keeping stars at NUFC »