Massadio Haidara has completed his transfer move to Newcastle United from French side AS Nancy, on a five-and-a-half year contract.

The 20-year-old left back joins fellow Frenchmen Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at St. James' Park.

Haidara joins for an undisclosed fee, after amassing over 50 appearances for Les Chardons since his debut in December 2010.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says  his fourth signing of the January transfer window has plenty of experience of playing in Ligue 1 and at various international youth levels, despite being just 20, whilst his attributes made him a quality signing for the Magpies.

Pardew told the club's official website: "At the age of 20, he will only continue to get better but he's already played a lot of games in his country's top division and represented France at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.

"He's strong and quick and we're looking forward to seeing him develop here."

The Tyneside club have been lacking defenders, with Fabricio Coloccini rumoured to be leaving the club, whilst they have conceded over 40 goals this season, seeing the Magpies slip to 16th in the league, despite finishing fifth last season,

Newcastle now have nine French players in their squad, including Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Gabriel Obertan, with manager Alan Pardew looking add to the French contingent with the signing Toulosue midfielder Moussa Sissoko.


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