The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

France defender Debuchy signs for Newcastle


LONDON (REUTERS) - France international defender Mathieu Debuchy has joined Newcastle United from Lille on a five-and-a-half year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.

The experienced right back, signed for an undisclosed fee, has been a mainstay of Lille's defence since emerging from the youth ranks 10 years ago, making more than 230 appearances.

"We are absolutely delighted to have finally secured the signature of Mathieu," Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told the club's website.

"It's no secret we've been trailing him for some time now and to have reached this point fills me with great excitement and anticipation in respect of what he will be able to offer.