Alan Pardew is hopeful that the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy at Newcastle United will help to lift the mood on Tyneside after a difficult first half to the season.
A deal for the Debuchy is due to be finalized later this week after the Magpies had tracked the France international defender for more than a year.
The 27-year-old Lille left-back would be a welcome addition to Newcastle’s line-up especially at a time when the future of striker Demba Ba is looking increasingly uncertain.
And Toon boss Pardew is certain that Debuchy’s arrival would have a positive psychological effect on the team.
“When you sign good, senior international players, which he is, it’s going to give everybody a boost, your senior players too,” Pardew told The Daily Mail.
“I hope that’s the case – but we are still far from a deal yet.”
Newcastle have endured a tough season so far in the Premier League, even flirting with the relegation places at times after picking up twenty points in twenty outings this term.
They conceded eleven goals in recent defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal, while the Toon have also struggled with injuries.
Danny Simpson joined an already-busy treatment room after the right-back broke a toe in Saturday’s 7-3 loss against the Gunners, leaving the right-back sidelined for up to four matches.
Pardew’s men face Everton tonight when they will attempt to avoid a ninth defeat in 11 Premier League games.