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After a busy transfer window that saw Newcastle boost their ranks with five eye-catching French acquisitions in the shape of Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko, the final day of business was concluded with some news that couldn’t come too soon for Newcastle fans.

That’s because Spanish misfit Xisco has finally left the club after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent, according to Newcastle’s official website. Xisco signed from Deportivo back in September 2008 prior to Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship

The club also confirmed that they have signed 17-year-old Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu from Servette after a successful trial. Mbabu had made only one first team appearance for his former club, but that didn’t stop Alan Pardew’s side making a move for the Switzerland Under 19 international, who can  play at centre-half and full-back.

“I am delighted to join Newcastle United. Today is a big day for me. I’ve always wanted to sign for a club in the Premier League and Newcastle is one of the biggest there is.

“I want to finish my development here with the Reserves before one day training with the first team and hopefully breaking into the first team.”

The final bit of business of the day saw French midfielder Mehdi Abeid head out on loan to Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone for the remainder of the season, joining fellow youngsters Paul Dummett and Conor Newton north of the border, as they are both currently on loan at St Mirren (Source:

Newcastle fans will be largely happy with the transfer window, especially as Demba Ba was the only high-profile exit, and with the strong core of the squad remaining, and a number of great new arrivals, the focus can now change to Premier League survival.

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This article was first posted on January 31, 2013