By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

It’s been a busy start to the January transfer window for Alan Pardew, as he welcomes in a much-needed arrival but bids farewell to one of his star players. Mathieu Debuchy joins the Magpies from Lille for a £5m fee, while Demba Ba is now a Chelsea player after they triggered his much talked about release clause.

Debuchy will link up with his former Lille team mate and best mate Yohan Cabaye, who was likely a massive part of making the deal happen. Debuchy wanted to join in the summer but Lille played hard ball and the right-back was made to wait another six months before becoming the latest addition to the French revolution at St James’ Park.

The fee paid to Lille should turn out to be good business, as the 27-year old is largely considered France’s best right-back and to get him for so cheap is a good mark for Newcastle’s negotiators.

Debuchy signed the same day as Demba Ba departed and ended the uncertainty around the Senegal striker’s future. Liverpool were credited with interest while Arsenal were made favourites to sign Ba, only for Chelsea to swoop for Ba to fill the void left by Daniel Sturridge’s move to Anfield.

A positive of the story is that Ba settled his future early in the transfer window, so Pardew has time to find and negotiate for a replacement. Crucially, Ba’s quick move has ensured Newcastle avoid an Andy Carroll type blow, when the England striker left hours before the end of the window.

There are sure to be people who level abuse at the former West Ham striker for leaving SJP for more money but in truth, Ba should be given a warm reception when he returns as a Chelsea player in February. Signed on a free and scoring 30 goals for us over an 18 month spell is fantastic business, plus the team he’s joining is not one of our obvious rivals.

Unsurprisingly, Pardew is looking to France to find a replacement and three names have popped up in the papers. Loic Remy, Yoann Gouffran and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could all be targets, with Remy reportedly very interested in a move.

There will definitely be more movement in the next three weeks from Newcastle and some much needed depth should be added to the threadbare squad. Watch this space.