ALAN Pardew’s banking on Mathieu Debuchy to help shore up Newcastle United’s defence.
Debuchy was today set for a medical at the club over a £5.5m move from Lille.
The right-back watched last night’s 2-1 defeat to Everton from the directors’ box at St James’s Park.
Debuchy has held talks over personal terms, and Pardew’s confident the 27-year-old will become a Newcastle player over the next 24 hours.
United’s defence has let in 13 goals in three Christmas and New Year games. And Pardew’s hopeful the France international can help stop the rot.
“That’s probably going to come down to a medical,” Pardew told SportMail. “If he passes that, that deal will get done.
“He will add to us – he’s exactly what we want. He’s got experience and real quality, trust me.
“He’ll bring some real quality to the back four, which we need.”
Pardew has spoken at length to Debuchy, a close friend of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
He added: “I think the issue for him is that he wants to progress his French international career.
“We’re a good platform for that. Perhaps not at the moment, where we are, but certainly in a couple of months time.”
The Everton defeat left United just two points above the Premier League’s relegation zone.
And with Demba Ba set to seal his switch to Chelsea, Pardew’s hopeful there will be more incoming signings – as well as players to come out of the club’s treatment room – over the next month.
“We need to add players to the squad, and we need players back,” said Pardew. “I’ve got a treatment room full of players, and it’s costing us dearly.
“Having said that, we were up against Man United, Arsenal and Everton.
“We’re going to come up against lesser opposition than that, and we need to make that pay now, we really do.
“I can’t really complain that Everton have won here – I thought they were a good side.”