Toon striker target 'touches down' in England

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Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga is believed to have undergone a medical on Tyneside on Tuesday afternoon, ahead of a January move to Newcastle according to

Reports emanating in France indicate the 24-year-old Mali international is poised to complete a £7million switch to the Barclays Premier League bringing an end to what has been one of the longest anticipated transfer stories of 2011.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is a known admirer of Maiga, as he continues his search to strengthen his forward line at St James' Park in the New Year, and is hoping to push through a deal for the Ligue 1 star without any hitches.

Should the deal be completed, Pardew will expect Maiga to bring pace to the Newcastle attack that is currently spearheaded by Demba Ba, who already has 11 goals to his credit this season.

The move for Maiga is the latest in a long line of deals between Newcastle and clubs in France thanks to the work of the Magpies' chief scout Graham Carr, who has identified Ligue 1 as offering club owner Mike Ashley the best value for money in today's financial climate.

When the deal with Sochaux is concluded, Newcastle will focus their attention on signing a new central defender after Steven Taylor was ruled out for the season with an Achilles tendon injury.

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