There were more French reports today that Newcastle United are still interested in 21 year-old Cameroon International defensive midfielder Stephane Mbia.
Stephane Mbia – 21 year-old defensive midfielder – lots of clubs interested
We reported back on 21st March, that Newcastle were interested in the 21 year-old, and news today that Newcastle are still maintaining their interest in the youngster.
Mbia is also being targeted by Everton, Manchester City and Tottenham and Rennes are now said to be seeking at least Â£4M for 21 year-old M’Bia.
StÃ©phane Mbia Etoundi was born in May, 1986 in YaoundÃ© and plays for French club Stade Rennais. He is a defensive midfielder, but he can also play at right-back. At just under 6’2″ tall, he is a dominant looking midfield player.
In the recent African Cup of Nations quarterfinals in Jnauary, Mbia was in excellent form in the game against Tunisia, and scored two goals, including the game winner in the second minute of extra-time, to carry Cameroon to victory.
Newcastle’s Geremi played in that game too for Cameroon, and it may be that Geremi will be able to help attract Mbia to Newcastle.
The tall Rennes star is now said to be rated around Â£4M but back in March Â£10M was the fee being quoted for him. So exactly what he will cost we have to say we have no good understanding of the fee right now but we think it’s a lot closer to Â£4M.
Mbia has played 53 times for the French club.
While he would be a good acquisition for the club, there are many other teams in the running, but so far none of the top four seem to be expressing an interest for the player.
So we would seem to have a reasonable chance of attracting the player to Tyneside. Mbia turns 22 on May 20th.
Here is Stephane’s playing record to date.
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