Debuchy heading to Newcastle as Magpies seal 5.5m deal
14:36 GMT, 30 December 2012
Newcastle United have agreed a deal with Lille for Mathieu Debuchy.
The French international, and friend of Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye, has finally completed his move to the north-east.
Debuchy was a target for Newcastle during the summer, but despite regular talks, they failed to land the defender.
New arrival: Debuchy (left) will join up with Pardew (right) at Newcastle
The deal is believed to be worth
around 5.5million, and a resolution to the long-running saga will be a
relief for manager Alan Pardew.
Debuchy was vocal about his difficulties with the troubled Ligue 1 side.
Both he and departed goalkeeper Mickael Landreau waged war after Lille
boss Rudi Garcia axed the pair from the 'Conseil des Sages', a so-called
‘council of elders’ which used experienced players as a link between
coaches and the rest of the team.
Newcastle, meanwhile, could still be active in France this January, but have been told Marseille ace Loic Remy will cost 15m.
MATHIEU DEBUCHY FACTFILE
1985: Born July 28, Fretin, France.
2004: January – Makes professional debut for Lille
2005: May – Helps Lille finish second in Ligue 1 and qualify for the Champions League.
2006: March – Ruled out for six months with knee ligament injury.
2010: August – Called into France squad for the first time.
2011: May 14 – Wins Coupe de France as Lille beat Paris St Germain 1-0 in the final.
May 21 – Clinches Ligue 1 title with Lille to complete the double.
November – Makes debut for France against Albania.
2012: June – Plays in all four of France's matches at Euro 2012, including the 1-1 group stage draw with England.
December – Lille agree deal with Newcastle for sale of Debuchy.