MASSADIO Haidara says he was impressed with the ambition shown by his new club Newcastle United after putting pen to paper on a five and a half year deal yesterday.
Haidara became United’s fourth signing of the transfer window after joining from Nancy for a fee believed to be around £2.5m.
He follows fellow Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran to the club this month, with at least one more signing - Moussa Sissoko - expected to follow.
It’s a signal of intent from owner Mike Ashley as he looks to give manager Alan Pardew the resources to help pull the club away from danger at the bottom of the Premier League.
And it is a policy that has impressed France Under-21 international Haidara.
“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.”
The 20-year-old left-back will take the squad No19 and while he has been bought with the long-term in mind, he will also provide first-team competition for Davide Santon.
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.”
Meanwhile, there has been no further developments with Newcastle’s wantaway skipper Fabricio Coloccini.
Some reports yesterday suggested the defender was going to go on strike after seeing his hopes of a move back to Argentina dashed.
But the 31-year-old – who wants to return home for personal reasons – reported for training yesterday, and was expected to do the same today as the club plans to hold more talks in a bid to resolve the situation.
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