Newcastle United close to Bigirimana deal

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GAEL Bigirimana is on Tyneside to complete a move to Newcastle, writes MILES STARFORTH.

The Coventry midfielder arrived at the club’s training ground yesterday.

And Newcastle officials were hopeful of completing the formalities of the deal today, with exciting prospect Bigirimana set to become Alan Pardew’s second summer signing, following Romain Amalfitano.

Coventry manager Andy Thorn had hoped to keep the 18-year-old at the Ricoh Arena for another season, but the one-time Newcastle defender has lost his battle to hold on to Burundi-born Bigirimana, who will cost around £1million.

He broke into Coventry’s team last season, and his form was one positive for the club, who were relegated to League One.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Heart defender Curtis Good, on international duty with Australia, is also close to joining Newcastle.

Pardew yesterday said he was hopeful of further progress in the transfer market, and work is ongoing on some higher-profile targets, notably Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

However, one player who is understood to not be a target is Junior Hoilett, who is available after his Blackburn contract ended.

The Canadian winger, 22, has been repeatedly linked with a move to Newcastle.