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Pardew lines up Amalfitano deal

Newcastle are expected to sign midfielder Romain Amalfitano in the summer. The 22-year-old Frenchman's contract runs out at Reims at the end of the current season.

Amalfitano, whose brother Morgan has been included in Laurent Blanc's France squad, is expected to sign a three-year contract and will join the growing list of French players at Newcastle. Manager Alan Pardew will welcome back key midfield duo Cheick Tioté and Yohan Cabaye for today's game with Wolves.