Newcastle United have trumped Liverpool for Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux.

The 25-year-old will formally complete a Bosman free transfer move to St James' Park on July 1 after signing a five-year deal.

Toon stepped in for Marveaux after Liverpool dithered over a disappointing medical.

The Magpies carried out their own checks and are confident that will not be an issue, and have snapped up their third close-season signing.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: "It's a great coup to have signed Sylvain, who has received interest from a number of other clubs.

"He may not be well known to many of our fans, but he is a real talent and a player we have been keeping an eye on for some time.

"It's been a good couple of days for us on the transfer front."

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