M’bia One Step Nearer Joining Newcastle?

News today that Stephane M’bia may be one step nearer moving to Newcastle United.


Stephane M’bia
– interesting Newcastle

It seems Newcastle have been interested in Stephane for several months now, and that Everton and perhaps Manchester City are also interested in the Cameroon youngster.

However the Rennes attacker Stephane M’bia admits he may still stay with the French club next season.

The 21 year-old has just over two years left on his contract, but the good news is that the Cameroon international gained his French passport this week.

This will allow him to easily move to England.

M’bia said today:

“I think another year at Rennes could be good for me.”

“But if a big club comes in for me, I will leave.”

We hope that big club is Newcastle, and we can bring in more players like this 21 year-old.

They still have some progress to make in their development, yet are already playing top-class football.

That will be in addition of course to the established stars we will sign, who will walk straight into our first team.

Comments welcome.

64 comments so far

  • Rocky

    May 15, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think this will be a good signing. He is young and talented but he is also a Cameroon international, hence he will go AWOL for a month in January, which will leave our squad heavily depleted.

  • Davies

    May 15, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    As long as there are plenty of other players in the same position that shouldn’t be a problem, but we can’t take on too many more African players.

  • Kash2

    May 15, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #3

    @Rocky: That is the STUPIDEST comment I have ever read. It’s like a Chelsea fan saying:
    “Drogba and Essien are proper shit because they go to the ACN every year!”

    Like Chelsea fans would ever say that!

    EDIT: Oops, totally forgot to write the point, which is that we should judge the player on his ability not his international status!

  • Leo

    May 15, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    some of our afro players will retire from int football soon so its not too devastating

  • azim

    May 15, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    he is not an attacker but a DM who also capable of playing at RB…why we need him since we have a good cover at those positions??

  • geordie nick

    May 15, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    if we sign m’bia and are also apparently in talks about diane then thts another 2 players we’ll loose to acon every other yr, we already lost 4 this yr and it made quite a big difference if u look at our performaces when they were away. still think hed be a good singin tho

  • Whitt

    May 15, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #7

    plus, the ACN is still only every 2 years.

  • geordie nick

    May 15, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8

    azim what u talkin about? who is our cover at rb and who is our cover at dm?? we have no cover in either poistion

  • Kash2

    May 15, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #9

    We do need a top quality DM!

  • Davey G

    May 15, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Fair comment rocky but the ACN takes part every other year, and a club the size and stature of ours we should be able to absorb this twice a year??

  • geordie nick

    May 15, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #11

    i think we can probly afford to have 2 more african players in the squad other wise it would start to be a bit 2 much losing that many players

  • TomPoon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #12


  • Rocky

    May 15, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Kash 2 – I never commented on the ability of the player. He is young and talented and I am not being racist. All I wanted to highlight was the plight of this January, where our form dipped when the African players left. Funny how our fortunes started to improve as soon as they were back.

    If we had adequate cover, that’s fine, but they would need to be good enough to deputise for a month.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Id be completely underwhelmed by this transfer, glad there is no substance in the title of this article.

  • Chris Mort

    May 15, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15

    The official website of Newcastle United FC, http://www.nufc.co.uk will be the first website to report all transfers completed by Newcastle United FC this summer.

    There are also a number of other features on the website such as a vote on the club’s player of the season and a Newcastle World video in which the players talk about their plans for the summer.

    Finally, the club’s new away strip will also be revealed shortly.

    I would advise fans to take any speculation on any other websites and in newspapers with a pinch of salt. The official website is the only site on the internet you can trust 100%.

  • Dillon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    it’s every two years soo we won’t miss anybody next season

  • broon ale

    May 15, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #17

    i dont understand how his comments suggest he is one step closer to joining newcastle. can someone explain that

  • Hadrian

    May 15, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    @broon ale .

    its ed and his crap headlines again , serve no point other than to wind up toon fans imo .
    headlines are as phony as the sun’s or the mail .

  • Ashton

    May 15, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #19

    M’bia is great he is tall and strong a bit like sissoko but better imo we need a hard working player and M’bia is the man

    Tom_Toon oh you don’t like him cause he scored two goals against tunisia is it? you little nerk

  • geordie nick

    May 15, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #20

    broon ale- i was thinking th exact same thing, it says hes one step closer to signing, then says he might just stay at rennes another year!!!

  • broon ale

    May 15, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Hadrian i agree, its getting on my tits now.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #22

    First and foremost the title annoys me (yes, i get annoyed by little thing), hes not my type of player, hes a work horse. So no need to have a go cos i dont like ths player.

  • broon ale

    May 15, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #23

    geordie nick- i am starting to realise that we are waisting our time reading these storys of us linking us with one play after the next. This guy say he would prefer to stay at Rennes but somehow that warrants a headline suggesting he is one step closer to newcastle- Bizare

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 15, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #24

    If its one step nearer, then I’ll take it as a baby step.

  • Mehzeb

    May 15, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #25

    I agree broon ale. The heading is misleading. It’s just as you said, “bizarre”. The quotes have nothing to do with Newcastle, yet, the titles says otherwise. The proper headline should’ve been “M’bia may quit Rennes’, or something to that effect.

    Ed, please, no more misleading titles. It’s frustrating, and it makes us question this site’s credibility. Please don’t turn into the Mail!

  • Andreas

    May 15, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #26

    @Broon Ale; ’cause he got his French passport and will now be able to move without filling the quota for Internationals played (still don’t mean he will join NUFC, but nonetheless it will make it easier for him to move from Rennes to a PL outfit).

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #27

    There is no international quota in the premier league.

  • Andreas

    May 15, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #28

    So the need for non-EU citezens to have played a certain number/ratio of Internationals (or other “special circumstances”) in order to get a “work permit” in the UK/England is removed…or?

  • sas1

    May 15, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #29

    I agree with a lot of the above. It’s surely enough to report any transfer gossip each day in a post, but these endless posts without any substance are really annoying. “We” hope it’s not going to continue during the summer because I won’t be back until August 31st otherwise, and I do really enjoy the site.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #30

    I understand you know, but the way you described it it was as if he there is only a certain amount of foreigners you can have in a PL team, thats what a quota means.

  • Tom

    May 15, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #31

    on a different note fifa are voting this month on whether to introduce the 6 plus 5 rule where every team has to field a minimum of six players from their own country. At the moment we have five but six if you include smith (noooooo) or carroll instead of viduka. So if this comes about, wouldnt it be more likely that keegan and wise are focusing on english targets? just a thought

  • lonely toon army

    May 15, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #32

    big fat ashley i hate you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reformed_Mumbler

    May 15, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    @ ‘Chris Mort’

    There’s one place every Newcastle fan should go on the net:


    Niall and Biffa deserve the kudos of every sincere Newcastle fan by visiting the above site to see their continuing sterling work and best of all it is a ‘fan’s voice’.

  • faustino

    May 15, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Chirs Mort…if that is your real name! lol

    No it won’t mate …there will be countless sites carry an accuracte story first. The update speed on nufc.co.uk is attrocious!

    Tom-Toon – since he’s refering to the ‘quota’ of international appearances you need to meet before an ROW player is considered for a work permit, his use of the word is right mate 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Ye, i misread it, it said ‘played’ but i thought it said ‘player;.

    My apologies Andreas, however i think hes played 80% of Cameroon’s internationals in the past 6 months so he would qualify anyway (?)

  • faustino

    May 15, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Yep…although tbh that rule went right out of the window circa 97 when the French started signing up and re-nationalising half of North Africa.

    For the grace of God and that rule Lalas would have ended up at our club, although the same rule kept Freidel from signing. Eventually ended up at Liverpool a year or so later.

  • scott 9

    May 15, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #37

    rennes attacker mbia io though he was a defensive midfileder but maybe im wrong

  • robertsa

    May 15, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #38

    this doesn’t excite me like especially when we are being linked with the likes of gomis and cisse.
    you always have to look at where the player will fit he aint good enough to go upfront. he aint a defender and the midfield of three is going to be so hard to get into next year especially with mgceady and arshavin possibly coming.

    I love to see a signing but not on this one. Sorry if any of you’s like him lads but it would be a no from me.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 15, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Note: The Chris Mort who left the message earlier on this article is the actual Newcastle Chairman.
    I know that for sure.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 15, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #40

    well buy us veloso then big chris, also huntelaar or gomis wouldnt go a miss, also arshavin


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