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Newcastle United have made their fourth signing of the January transfer window - France under-21 international Massadio Haïdara.

The 20-year-old left-back, who arrives from Ligue 1 club Nancy, has agreed a five-and-a-half year contract with the Magpies and will take the squad number 19.

Since making his debut in December 2010, the Trappes-born youngster had made more than 50 appearances for Les Chardons, the club where the legendary Michel Platini began his career.

"It was the desire of the club to sign me up which was the most
important factor," he said. "It was nothing to do with the league position.
"It was really all about the club's desire and willingness to sign me up.

Also, I like the club's ambition to strengthen the whole team so we can improve our league position. That's what appealed to me so I didn't hesitate."

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew added: "Massadio is very highly-thought of in France and he's somebody who our scouting team have been greatly impressed by.

"At the age of 20, he will only continue to get better but he's already played a lot of games in his country's top division and represented France at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.

"He's strong and quick and we're looking forward to seeing him develop here."

 

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Where will he fit into your squad? Back up player or straight in?
I think initially as backup...he's only 20 and only played 46 games in his career and I don't think he'll be thrown in straight away while Santon is fit. In saying that Santon looks a bit knackered right now. We've needed left back cover for god knows how many years and finally we have that.

I don't really know a great deal about him tbh but he's very hughly rated and a potential steal at 2.5m

how about play santon midfield and he can play LB
Highly highly unlikely.....midfield is one of our strongest and crowded areas now that we have Tiote / Cabaye / Sissoko / Jonas / Bigirimana/ Marveaux (who finally is showing his true form) and a few others like Abeid / Amalfitano too (though they're a bit far from the 1st team).
 

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im guessing that in the summer, Santon is going to Milan and Haidara will be his replacement.

until summer, haidara will just be a back up and get a couple of games here and there
 

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im guessing that in the summer, Santon is going to Milan and Haidara will be his replacement.

until summer, haidara will just be a back up and get a couple of games here and there
yes that is a possibility and rumor about Milan....In saying that though, Santon has a geordie girlfriend now and seems to really enjoy life up here by all accounts and he said recently he was not interested in a move back to Serie A since he is a regular and important member here. But you never know......

Oh and with us still being in European compeition I think there is a good chance that Haidara will play a decent number of games this season.
 

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If you need fullback cover ill swap santon for buttner if you like :)

I'd never heard of him TBH so thanks for the feedback
 

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Massadio Haidara played 46 Ligue games before his move. He managed 5 shots in total, no goals & 2 assists. 4 yellows, never a red! #nufc
 

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Newcastle United's Managing Director Derek Llambias has immediately responded to the FA Statement confirming that the Football Association will not be taking any further action against Wigan striker Callum McManaman. Llambais has called for a review of the disciplinary procedures which allow the FA to not take action if any official on the pitch saw the incident, despite failing to act on it or refer it to the referee. Llambias' statement read;



“There has been significant public reaction from media, industry figures and supporters to the tackle made by Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman on Massadio Haidara during the first-half of our Premier League fixture on Sunday, 17th March, in particular comments made by Wigan’s owner Dave Whelan.

I have the greatest respect for Dave, who has been in the game for a long time as a professional footballer and now owner. I am also aware that Dave’s career was cut short due to injury.

I am therefore disappointed and surprised by the comments he made yesterday, in particular his assertion that the tackle by Callum McManaman “was a fair challenge”.

It is our strongly held opinion that the tackle on Massadio was extremely dangerous and is the type of challenge that has the potential to cause serious harm and such was the force, and reckless and dangerous nature of the challenge, even end a player’s career.

It was not a fair challenge. This view is shared by countless former players, referees and well-respected media commentators. Indeed it appears to be only Dave Whelan who takes a contrary view.

We are disappointed to learn that the FA is not going to charge the Wigan player. We were first notified of this decision by a national media outlet who received notification from the FA confirming the decision. This was prior to anyone from the FA having the courtesy to contact the Club to let us know.

It is clear from this decision that the current disciplinary procedures are not fit for purpose. Newcastle United, along with other clubs, have had players suspended for incidents reviewed after the game. Whilst not trivialising these incidents, they were not, in our opinion, of the seriousness of Callum McManaman’s tackle on Haidara.

Whilst we understand that the current procedures give the FA limited options, it cannot be correct that the most serious offences – those which have the potential to cause another player serious harm – can go unpunished, even if the original incident was seen by match officials.

We will now be making a strong representation to the FA and the Premier League to see how a more appropriate, fair and even-handed disciplinary process can be introduced at the earliest opportunity to prevent incidents of this nature going unpunished in the future.

Our attentions at this time are firmly with Massadio. He only joined us in January, but in that short time he has impressed us immensely both on and off the field. Massadio was scanned yesterday and will continue to be assessed for the remainder of the week.

He will undergo a further scan next week in order to determine the extent of the damage caused. Contrary to comments in the media, there is currently no timescale for his recovery.

We would like to thank our fans for their heart-felt messages of support for Massadio. We are passing these messages on to him and we are sure they will help keep his spirits up.”
 

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Enough to put me off this crazy crazy game for life.
 

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How is he?
 

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He's is back, now?
 

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