Newcastle close in on £10m Frenchman - reports

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Newcastle are reportedly nearing a deal for Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud.

The 25-year-old has netted eight times in 12 appearances in Ligue 1 this season and was awarded his debut for France against the USA last week.

According to The Sun, Newcastle are closing in on the £10 million-rated forward as Alan Pardew makes a concerted effort to reinforce his goalscoring department in January.

The Newcastle boss is understood to have identified the acquisition of another frontman as a transfer window priority, having failed to do so during the summer.

Sochaux hitman Modibo Maiga also looks set to move to St James' Park in the New Year after narrowly missing out on a switch prior to the last deadline.

The Mali international has claimed he is on the verge of agreeing terms with the Magpies and a fee in the region of £8 million is thought to have been enough to secure his services.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have also been linked with a bid for Huddersfield Town's Scotland international Jordan Rhodes.

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