Sport Clement Grenier could move to Newcastle to replace Yohan Cabaye after Newcastle made a reported £20m offer for the Lyon Frenchman

Magpies allowed Yohan Cabaye to join Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday and are looking to reinvest the £20m received in the highly-rated Frenchman

The Beckhams are said to have become wine buffs while living in Madrid

A bottle of Becks? Icon's new club to launch Chateau David Beckham

Paris Saint-Germain's plans to release a house wine should appeal to its new star

Scotland’s Andy Robinson resigned after losing to Tonga

Andy Robinson appointed director of rugby at Bristol

Former England and Scotland coach returns to rugby

David Beckham training with Arsenal

David Beckham will improve profile of Ligue 1 says Didier Deschamps

Former England captain has joined PSG

Mike Ashley threat of court action if Fabricio Coloccini quits St James'

Newcastle refuse to let captain go as Gouffran and Haïdara arrive with Sissoko next on the list

Moussa Sissoko

Newcastle spending spree continues with arrival of Moussa Sissoko

Magpies sign yet another French player

Yoan Gouffran

Newcastle confirm capture of French striker Yoan Gouffran

Striker joins from Bordeaux on four-and-a-half year deal

Moussa Sissoko

Newcastle target Moussa Sissoko suspended by club amid transfer feud

Midfielder looks set to join during the current transfer window

<b>Likeliest arrival</b><br/>
After Arsene Wenger admitted that his defence needed bolstering, the Gunners are looking to express further interest in signing 23-year old <b>Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa</b> from French champions Montpellier. He has made 168 league appearances for Montpellier after making his debut in 2007 and recently earned his first cap for France. Yanga-Mbiwa has only one year remaining on his contract, so could be available for just £7m.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa targets Champions League after joining Newcastle

Latest French signing has high hopes

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa drew interest from Arsenal

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa becomes lastest addition to Newcastle's French legion

Defender completes £6.7m switch to St James' Park

Yoann Gourcuff

Transfer Talk: Yoann Gourcuff to Arsenal; Ludovic Sylvestre to Fulham; Yoan Gouffran to Newcastle

The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

The Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini, left, while Newcastle had lined up a move for defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, right

Fabricio Coloccini talks draw blank over staying with Newcastle as Alan Pardew looks abroad

Captain wants to leave during the current transfer window

Yoan Gouffran

Newcastle see bid for Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran rejected

Magpies seeking replacement for Demba Ba

Edinson Cavani

Transfer Talk: Edinson Cavani to Arsenal; Sebastian Coates to West Brom; Wesley Sneijder to Liverpool; Yoan Gouffran to Newcastle

The Independent's Martin Hardy analyses today's January transfer window stories and separates the reality from the rumour

Marouane Chamakh

West Ham complete loan deal for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh - but not everyone's happy about it

The Moroccan forward has failed to impress following a free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010

Zenit striker Hulk

Liverpool and Tottenham handed tough ties in the Europa League

Zenit St Petersburg  and Lyon await Liverpool and Tottenham, while Newcastle play Metalist Kharkiv and Chelsea face Sparta Prague.

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