Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew insists there was no deliberate French transfer policy this summer.

Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan have all joined Hatem Ben Arfa on Tyneside.

"It hasn't been a planned process to sign French players, it's about making sure that we've got players who fit our salary system and can take us forward," said Pardew.

"That's not easy but we've worked very, very hard to get these players and they're gelling nicely."

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