Toon 'send scouts' for Ligue 1 pair - reports

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Newcastle are reportedly tracking Montpellier duo Olivier Giroud and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

According to the Daily Mail, Toon scouts were in attendance at the Stade Auguste Bonal on Saturday as Montpellier ran out 3-1 winners away from home against Sochaux.

Striker Giroud scored a hat-trick in the Ligue 1 encounter to take his season tally to 11, while Yanga-Mbiwa was calm and composed in defence.

Alan Pardew is now set to receive a report on the French pair from his Newcastle representatives as he makes plans to reinforce his squad in January.

The Newcastle boss is known to be keen to reinforce his goalscoring department, despite the potent form of summer acquisition Demba Ba.

Sochaux hitman Modibo Maiga has consistently been linked with a transfer window move to Newcastle, while Jordan Rhodes is also said to be on Pardew's radar.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Yanga-Mbiwa could be signed as an eventual replacement for Danny Simpson, who has yet to commit himself to a new deal.

Pardew said last week that Newcastle would sell the right-back should he fail to pen a contract extension.

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