Newcastle have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Press Association Sport understands the Magpies have thrashed out a deal with the French club and are now attempting to finalise terms with the player.
Central defender Yanga-Mbiwa, 23, would add strength to a rearguard which has struggled to keep sides at bay so far this season, and with speculation that skipper Fabricio Coloccini could leave Tyneside this month because of personal problems, his arrival could hardly come at a better time.
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