MATHIEU Debuchy’s imminent arrival at Newcastle United will give the beleaguered club a huge lift, according to Alan Pardew.
The club has agreed a £5million fee with Lille for the right-back.
And Debuchy is expected to become a Newcastle player over the next 48 hours.
The 27-year-old’s representatives are discussing personal terms and Debuchy is on standby to fly to Tyneside for a medical.
Pardew – who is desperate to strengthen his defence after Saturday’s 7-3 mauling at Arsenal – wouldn’t be drawn on the progress of the move.
But he told SportMail: “Any player of that stature – a French international – and of that age is going to give our top players a lift.
“That’s the sort of player you’d want to see at this club.
“Hopefully, we can do it in the first week.”
His arrival comes at the perfect time after Pardew revealed current right back Danny Simpson faces a month on the sidelines.
He broke a toe at the Emirates Stadium. Pardew – who could play Vurnon Anita at right-back against Everton at St James’s Park tomorrow night – doesn’t expect Simpson back for several weeks.
“Danny will miss three or four games,” said Pardew.
Simpson, out of contract in the summer, could leave the club in this month’s transfer window.
The 25-year-old has been the club’s first-choice right-back since joining from Manchester United, initially on loan, in 2009.