Newcastle United will be able to officially confirm the signings of Daryl Janmaat and Emmanuel Rivière when the transfer of Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal goes through today.
The right-back’s fee of £10m will cover the captures of his replacement from Feyenoord and the AS Monaco striker in what has been a good piece of business for the club.
Rivière underwent a medical yesterday morning and he and Janmaat are expected to be joined by another striker this month.
The Frenchman was photographed yesterday meeting fans who were being given a tour around St James’ Park.
But Newcastle supporters will have to wait until the club’s pre-season trip to Germany before they get to see all the new signings in action.
Alan Pardew is to take a young squad to New Zealand this weekend for their seven-day stay, so while it has been a good few weeks for the manager in terms of signings, he will be patient before getting the chance to work with all his first-choice players on the training pitch.
Remy Cabella will also join up with his team-mates when they return from New Zealand, along with Tim Krul, Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote.
These players may make an appearance against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on July 30, before the full squad travel to Germany where they will face Malaga and Schalke 04 in the first weekend in August.
Montpellier president Louis Nicollin, meanwhile, has claimed his now former player Remy Cabella may have made a mistake in choosing to sign for Newcastle.
The outspoken Nicollin, in an interview with Foot Mercato, believed the winger could have moved to a ‘bigger’ club, but also stated the 24-year-old would prove to be a success in the Premier League.
He added the player has got what he always wanted by signing for Newcastle.
Nicollin said: “He wanted to go. Personally, as I really like this youngster, I told him very well and good job.
“In England, there is Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United who are ahead of Newcastle, but Newcastle is a club where there are a lot of Frenchmen. If that is what he wants, then great.
“Personally, I would not go to Newcastle. But whatever, I will go and see him play when he has a match in London. He has what we wants, which is good.
“In any case, he has the ability to succeed in England, that is for sure. He is weak (strength) but it is difficult to catch him.”
Sylvain Marveaux may be heading in the opposite direction. Montpellier have expressed an interest, although whether they would be prepared to pay £3m remains to be seen.