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Newcastle set to beat Arsenal and West Ham to defensive duo

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Photo: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Photo: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
6:13 PM

Transfer news: Newcastle are set to confirm the signings of Arsenal target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Nancy defender Massadio Haidara, who has been linked with West Ham.

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Montpellier reported on their website that Yanga-Mbiwa is currently on Tyneside to undergo a medical with a view to completing a deal worth in the region of £7million, while a statement from Nancy has revealed they have agreed a fee for Haidara’s switch to the Magpies.

France international Yanga-Mbiwa was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer but Arsene Wenger’s side are set to miss out.

The player told Montpellier’s official website: “This (England) is a country where everybody loves football and I really want to experience this culture. It is one of the things you want to discover as a player.

“I feel I have given everything to the maximum while at Montpellier. They have been like my second family and have given me everything. There were hard times and good times but there is a very strong bond that unites us.”

Meanwhile 20-year-old full-back Haidara, who had reportedly been a target for Sam Allardyce’s side, is poised to follow Yanga-Mbiwa to the Magpies after confirmation from Nancy that an agreement had been reached for his sale.

A statement on their official website said: “After 46 games and two-and-a-half years in the Nancy shirt, Massadio Haidara is leaving for Newcastle United, currently 16th in the Premier League.

“The two clubs have reached an agreement and will finalise the transfer on Tuesday.”

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