Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/4/13
Newcastle have confirmed the signing of France international full-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille on a five-and-a-half-year contract. The 27-year-old defender has joined the Magpies for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £5million. Debuchy, who has 12 senior international caps, will wear the number 26 shirt at St James' Park, but will not be included in the squad for Saturday's FA Cup third-round trip to Brighton. Debuchy's capture will come as a boost to manager Alan Pardew, whose side has leaked 13 goals in its last three Premier League games amid a dreadful run of form. Pardew has been trailing the full-back, a close friend of midfielder Yohan Cabaye, for some time, but was unable to push through a deal last summer. The manager said: "We are absolutely delighted to have finally secured the signature of Mathieu. "It's no secret we have been trailing him for some time now and to have reached this point fills me with great excitement and anticipation in resp...
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