Reading winger Jimmy Kebe in Newcastle transfer prank

Reading winger Jimmy Kebe claimed he was set to become Newcastle's latest signing before admitting he was joking.

The Magpies have recruited four players from France this month, including left-back Massadio Haidara on Thursday.

Newcastle's French connection

  • Yohan Cabaye
  • Hatem Ben Arfa
  • Romain Amalfitano
  • Sylvain Marveaux
  • Gabriel Obertan
  • Mathieu Debuchy
  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
  • Yoan Gouffran
  • Massadio Haidara

France-born Kebe, wrote on Twitter:  "On my way to Newcastle, having medical then sign a four-year contract."

But he then added:  "Oops I thought if you're French and play football you pop into Newcastle and sign a contract? Not a chance of leaving #LoveReadingFC#."

Kebe joined Reading from Lens in January 2008 and has scored 29 goals in 185 appearances for the Royals.

He signed a new contract 12 months ago that will keep him at the Berkshire club until 2014 and has played 14 games this season.

Newcastle have already brought in right-back Mathieu Debuchy, centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, forward Yoan Gouffran.

The Magpies can also name Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Romain Amalfitano, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan among their French contingent.

Alan Pardew's side finished fifth in the Premier League last season but they are 16th this time round, two points above the relegation zone.