Joe Kinnear is still more than anxious to sign Rennes midfielder 22 year-old 6’2″ Stephane Mbia, whom he compares to the great Patrick Vierra.
Stephane Mbia – still no word from Rennes?
But having bid £5m for Rennes’ Cameroon international Stéphane Mbia, United’s manager has no such concerns about a midfielder he likened to Patrick Vieira.
“I would hang my hat on him,”“Mbia has played (15) games for Cameroon, Rennes are up near the top (of Ligue 1), he is a great player, the nearest thing I’ve seen to Patrick Vieira.”
“He would be a big plus for us.”
Newcastle have had Stephane Mbia on the radar screen for a while and Everton and Middlesbrough have also been interested but a £5M bid for the player at this time, with things in such a mess economically, may be too good a deal for Rennes to walk away from – hope so anyway.
Hopefully we’ll hear something about this deal in the next day or two, but we really have to hope it comes through, and other clubs are just not willing to pay out much money this January.
That could become a big advantage to the club, as long as Manchester City don’t want him.