There were reports yesterday that Newcastle United Football Club have entered the race for 21 year-old Cameroon International Stephane Mbia.
Stphane Mbia – 21 year-old Defensive Midfielder has lots of clubs interested
Mbia is also being targeted by Manchester City and the player is also saying there is interest from both Liverpool and Barcelona.
Mbia spoke to the Manchester Evening News yesterday:
“I’ve had contact from teams in England and Italy. There are contacts with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and in Spain there is Barcelona as wellâ€
“For the moment I’m not thinking of it and I will stay with Rennes. I’ll rely on people like general manager Pierre Dreossi, who knows me and my parents very well. Then it’ll be me who takes a decision.”
StÃ©phane Mbia Etoundi was born in May, 1986 in YaoundÃ© and plays for French club Stade Rennais. He is a defensive midfielder, but can also play at right back
In the recent African Cup of nations quarterfinals Mbia had an excellent match against Tunisia, and scored two goals, including the game winner in the second minute of extra-time, to propel Cameroon to victory.
Of course our very own Geremi played in that game too, and it may be that Geremi might be able to attract Mbia to Newcastle in the summer.
The 6’2″ Rennes star is said to be rated around at Â£10M and has played 53 times for the French club.
While he would be a great acquisition for the club, we’d do well to persuade this boy to join Newcastle United, when there are far more attractive teams (right now) after him.Â But we’re sure the club will give it a go – there’s nothing to lose.
Here is Stephane’s playing record.
Youth Clubs Years Academy 2003-2004 Kadji Sports Academy 2004 Stade Rennais B Senior clubs Years Club App Goals 2005- Stade Rennais 53 1 2005- Cameroon 11 3