The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle United are looking at a double swoop for Frenchman Albin Ebondo and Cameroon International Stéphane Mbia.
Stephane Mbia and Albin Ebondo - two Newcastle targets?
Sources in France have confirmed to the Evening Chronicle that the two players, both desperate to make the move to the Premier League, are being chased by the famous Newcastle club.
It could be that Newcastle sign these players on loan with a view to making the deals permanent at the end of the season. But loan deals like this can go both ways. The club can see how they do, before making a decision, and that’s certainly a plus for the club.
But if they do really well then other clubs could can come in, as happened with Sylvain Distin a few years back, when he eventually signed for Kevin Keegan, then at Manchester City, after Sylvain spent a season on loan on Tyneside.
It’s not the first time we’ve been linked with Mbia, but is the first time we’ve been reported interested in Frenchman Albin Ebondo.
Newcastle manager Kinnear pleaded with the Newcastle owner yesterday for funds so he can bolster his paper-thin squad.
Joe said last night:
“We do need funds. It won’t be a massive amount, but I’m still hopeful Mike will release them.”
Cameroon international midfielder, born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, has 12 caps and 3 goals for his country, and the reports suggest that Mbia has already asked his club Rennes if he can make a move to the Premier League, and Everton are also keen on signing the player, but hey, like Newcastle. have no funds available in January.
We also read last week that Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate was interested in Mbia, but don’t know if that story was true.
Mbia, believed to have two years left on his contract, is rated at £10M, but we think that’s way too high, but at 22 and standing just under 6′ 2″ tall, he certainly fits the type of player that Newcastle want to sign. He seems similar to Sebastien Bassong, and we know how well that French youngster has done on Tyneside so far.
“There are clubs after me but Rennes did not want to let me go.
“Rennes are looking to improve my pay, but everyone knows I want to move to the Premier League to improve myself and play in the biggest league in the world.”
Toulouse star Ebondo, born in Mareilles, France, turns 25 years old next month, and would give Newcastle some cover at right-back when Habib Beye finally returns from his injury and Ebondo has played 86 times for Toulouse with one goal and is a former France Under-21 International and stands at 5’11″.
He looks more than a decent player from what we can tell, and is the type of player we want to see the club keep signing.
Let’s hope these two players don’t talk to Charles N’Zogbia who has recently told the press that the Newcastle club gets worse every season – what a disgrace.
When asked about the subject of transfers today Kinnear said:
“What I’ve got are options for the directors and board to look at.”
“I’ve given them a list of players and loan fees, and the possibility of maybe buying one or two.
“At present it’s tight, but I’m waiting to hear whether one player moves.”
If we can get two loan signings in this week, and Peter Lovenkrands, and can then buy these two players, then we’ll be doing very well in the January transfer window, so things aren’t all gloom and doom.
Let’s keep the faith until the January transfer window closes on February 2nd, and we can still do well in this winter transfer market.