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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has not finished with his French revolution quite yet, and is weighing up the possibility of bringing in William Vainqueur from Standard Liege, according to The Sun

Pardew has already brought in the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara as he desperately seeks a way to lift his side to safety in the Premier League, and Standard midfielder Vainqueur would become his sixth French signing.

It is thought Newcastle are lining up a last-minute bid for the player, who is valued at £3 million.

Pardew has been tracking the midfielder throughout the course of the season after receiving encouraging reports from chief scout Graham Carr, who has revealed that the Magpies are attempting to replicate the old blueprint of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal by bringing in a golden era of French stars by landing the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit.

Carr said:

“Our aim is to recruit young players for the future. We go to France because it’s working.

“Arsenal had Henry, Vieira and Petit. At present, we know that we’re still developing.”

So far for Pardew, his investment in French players has paid off. He handed debuts to Gouffran and Yanga M’biwa in the crunch encounter with fellow strugglers Aston Villa midweek, which the Magpies won 2-1 to inch away from the relegation zone.

It was Newcastle’s first win in six games in league and cup.

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This article was first posted on January 31, 2013