ALAN Pardew today stepped up Newcastle’s French revolution by snapping up Rennes midfielder Sylvain Marveaux.
The 25-year-old will formally complete his move for an undisclosed fee on July 1, when he will sign a five-year deal.
Former France U21 cap Marveaux is a left-sided midfielder and the third Frenchman recruited to the Newcastle engine room in the last year or so after Hatem Ben Arfa and recent signing Yohan Cabaye.
Confirmation of his capture comes a day after the Magpies unveiled striker Demba Ba as their second summer arrival.
Pardew, who saw off reported interest from Liverpool to get his man, said: “It’s a great coup to have signed Sylvain, who has received interest from a number of other clubs.
“He may not be well known to many of our fans, but he is a real talent and a player we have been keeping an eye on for some time. It’s been a good couple of days for us on the transfer front.”
His signing will help to offset the loss of skipper Kevin Nolan, who joined West Ham in a move understood to amount to £4million on Thursday.
With Joey Barton having been informed that he will not be offered a new contract, there is a school of thought which suggests he too will be sold this summer rather than be allowed to leave for free in 12 months’ time.
Pardew is also edging closer to completing a move for Swansea full-back Neil Taylor, while Ba’s arrival is unlikely to end his search for strikers, with Leon Best and Nile Ranger both surplus to requirements.
Meanwhile, striker Ba is so “hungry” to prove himself that he wishes pre-season training started today.
The Senegalese striker signed a three-year deal at St James’s Park last night to complete his free transfer move from West Ham United.
The Paris-born forward was a hit at West Ham, scoring seven goals after joining from Hoffenheim for £7m in January, though his goals were unable to keep them in the Premier League.
Ba activated a release clause that allowed him to leave on a free transfer if the Hammers were relegated, and he hopes to be an even bigger success on Tyneside.
He added: “I don’t set any goalscoring targets for myself. I scored seven in 13 games at West Ham which was good, but I intend to score more at Newcastle.”
Ba will wear the No19 shirt next season, after Newcastle beat off competition from Everton for his signature.
“I’m really happy to have got it done so quickly and I’m really looking forward to playing for Newcastle United now,” he added. “There was interest from other clubs, but I just wanted to come here. Newcastle have a great team and I believe it’s going to be even better next season.
“I’ve come here because I feel the club can reach a higher level than where it is now and a higher level to most of the other clubs in the Premier League.”
Ba is sure he will settle quickly. The 26-year-old said: “I didn’t have any worries about leaving London to live here.
“I lived in Hoffenheim in Germany and it was very small. I’m sure Newcastle has everything I need. For me, the football is the most important thing, not where I live.
“I’ve heard it is a great atmosphere at St James’s Park and I cannot wait. I’d like pre-season training to start tomorrow.”
Boss Pardew said: “Demba made a great impression with West Ham last season and is a great signing for this club.
“He has pace, excellent technical ability, is good in the air and has the ability to consistently find the back of the net.”