We reported yesterday that Newcastle United were interested in West Brom’s defensive midfielder 23 year-old Youssuf Mulumbu.
Youssuf Mulumbu – WBA defensive midfielder – already in black and white?
One of the reasons we thought it would be difficult to get the player to Newcastle, is that WBA would hardly want to sell one of their better players to their Premiership rivals.
Muluimbu has one year left on the two year deal he signed last summer at the Hawthorns, and it seems he is resisting overtures from WBA to sign a contract extension.
This is what Mulumbu said today:
“I’ve got a year left on my contract. There are other clubs interested, notably Newcastle, who are really keen and my agent has been in contact with them. There are also some Italian clubs.”
So Mulumbu’s agent has already been in contract with the Newcastle club – and they are really keen – that’s very interesting.
If the DR Congo international Mulumbu (8 caps) stalls on signing a new contract, that would open the way for the likes of Newcastle to move in, because it will tend to force WBA to sell this summer rather than wait until he becomes a free agent next summer, when they would get nothing for him.
Mulumbu made 44 appearances for Albion last season, and Newcastle need another defensive midfielder to replace the departing captain Nicky But – and Youssuf fits the bill – a young player who is available at a decent price, and can still improve his game.
This deal could be more possible than we thought yesterday. What do you think?