Newcastle closing on Debuchy deal after 7m fee is agreed with Lille
09:16 GMT, 13 July 2012
France international right-back Mathieu Debuchy is set to complete a move to Newcastle after a 7million fee was agreed with Lille.
Debuchy was a standout performer as France struggled at Euro 2012, and his performances did not go unnoticed by Magpies boss Alan Pardew.
French fancy: Newcastle are set to sign Debuchy (left) for 7m
Newcastle had expressed an interest before the Euros but stepped up their interest after France were knocked out at the quarter-final stage.
Both Newcastle and Inter Milan initially had bids rejected by Lille, but the Magpies have upped their offer.
Pardew is hoping the deal will be completed within the next 48 hours so that the player can join the club on their pre-season tour of Germany.