Newcastle United target trio

Newcastle are on the verge of signing Stade de Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano, and have two other Ligue 1 players in their sights, according to The Independent.

The Tyneside club have had success in bringing players to the club from France, with Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa two of the standout players for Alan Pardew’s side in their 2011-12 fifth place finish.

Amalfitano, brother of France international Morgan, has just helped Reims to promotion from Ligue 2, and is out of contract and available on a free transfer.

The deal was reportedly all but concluded in the January transfer window, and the 22-year-old arrived in the north east on Tuesday to put the finishing touches on a three-year deal.

After the signing of Amalfitano, Newcastle are also eager to add Montpellier central defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy to their squad.

Yanga-Mbiwa has been a key player in Montpellier’s Ligue 1 unexpected title success this season, and is being monitored by a host of European clubs.

Debuchy meanwhile said an emotional goodbye to the Lille fans after their last game of the season against Nancy last Sunday, and as a close friend of Cabaye’s is potentially ready to make a move to England.

By Gareth McKnight

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