Newcastle United have completed the signing of Nancy defender Massadio Haidara, who has joined the club for a fee of around £3 million.
The 20-year old has impressed for the Ligue 1 side this season despite their position, and is predominantly used as a left back, to offer competition for Davide Santon.
Haidara is very highly rated in France, and has represented his country at youth level upto the U21’s.
He flew into Newcastle today for talks and to undergo a medical, which have both proved successful.
His signing will be another coup for Manager Alan Pardew, who has signed three other players from Ligue 1 during the Transfer Window with the acquisitions of Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran.
He has penned a five and a half year contract at St. James Park, and will wear squad number 19.
The youngster goes straight into the squad along with their other recent signings for their next match versus Aston Villa.
Haidara confirmed on the Newcastle Official Website: “I like the club’s ambition to strengthen the whole team so we can improve our league position – that’s what appealed to me.”
A fifth signing from France is also in the process of being completed with Moussa Sissoko in talks regarding a permanent move from Toulouse.