Posted January 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
Premier League struggler Newcastle is close to bolstering its defensive options by signing French defenders Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara. Montpellier announced that the 23-year-old Yanga-Mbiwa was to undergo at medical examination at the northeast club before completing his move. And Nancy said it had reached an agreement with Newcastle to sell the 20-year-old Haidara. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has also been linked with a move for another French player, Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko. Referring to the impending arrivals, Newcastle forward Sammy Ameobi, who is English, quipped on Twitter: ''Need to brush up on my French.'' Newcastle is two points and two places above the relegation zone after finishing fifth last season.
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