West Brom’s Youssuf Mulumbu Seems Keen To Join Newcastle

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?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    May 25, 2010 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Unknown quantity for me, I can possibly recall him playing well against us at SJP. If he is strong, quick and tall then great – we need all 3 of those qualities in our midfield.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 25, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Hmm didnt he give away a silly free kick which guthrie then scored shooting over mulumbu who ducked in the wall?

    He got MOTM at the hawthorns though.

  • Brutooon

    May 25, 2010 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Guthrie is better than him. i stick with Guthrie

  • henok ethiopian toon

    May 25, 2010 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #4

    @brutooon first dany and youssuf Mulumbu are 2 diffrent players one is a defensive mid field and one is an attacking one…and i say no we need players who can pass the ball back to the defenders as in (to the center backs)….all our mid field players do is kick the ball to the strikers which makes it hard for us to control the game…when parker and emre were present this was not the problem but now we “butt” also retired which makes inman our only hope …this mulumbu guy is not the solution he is not coordinated and only uses power…i say we get Parker again or even emre he loves it here

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 25, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #5

    NOT GOOD ENOUGH but about all we can afford to go after not looking forward to this season without some EPL class signings & he aint one of them

  • ronburgundy

    May 25, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #6

    As an Albion fan I really can’t see Di Matteo/ Peace letting him go to Newcastle. Mulumbu was quality last season and will have no problems in the Premiership. Regarding his contract situation, Peace does not sell players before they become a free agent, look at Phillips and Gera. Also, we had the option to sign Koren on a year extension and then sell him but Peace knows what he is doing.

    Isn’t Nolan going to do a job for you next year?

    Good luck next for season; hopefully be coming up for a few ales when we play you.

  • Charlietoon

    May 25, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #7

    I would imagine that under the new transfer guidelines any player we had approached would be told not to be talking about it to the press in any way shape or form. I’d say his agent has just been in his ear trying to assure him he’ll get another job so that he does not fire his butt

  • minstral

    May 25, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #8

    I hate to sampen your bonfire, but whilst he only has a year left, there is also a further year’s option in our (WBA) favour.

    We have proven with Koren that we are very prepared to let players that arrive cheaply go for nothing (we didn’t exercise the option on Koren, despite the fact he played many games and is captaining his country at the World Cup), so unless you have a very large bid, I wouldn’t expect him to be sold to you.

    As others have commented, he is a half decent defensive midfielder, but Di Matteo has already said he wants to strengthen the spine of the team.

    A cheeky bid of £2M-£3M might win for you, but don’t forget you are dealing woth our chairman who sold Ellington for £3M, Curtis Davies for £8.5M, Koumas for £5.3M and Kamara for £6M. We certainly don’t need the cash, so we aren’t desperate.

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Dont want another central midfielder. Smith, Barton, Nolan, Guthrie and Vuckic are enough for me..

  • Newutd

    May 25, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    He is average. We can find a better, more talented and cheaper version of him in every french club almost.

    He hasn’t been that impressing that we should buy him, and from WBA…
    Let’s do some real scouting instead.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11


  • Solaidback

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Why would we want to buy an unknown quantity like this guy, who’s only played well in the Fizzy???

    He may well be a good buy but is it worth spending the little funds we do have in someone who may not be able to cut it the PL!!

    I’d say buy someone who’s done it in the PL if we’re going to spend money, at least that way we’ll know they can cut the mustard 🙂

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    May 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    This guy’s almost certainly angling for a better deal from WBA and is using NUFC as an empty threat. I doubt we’ve even looked at him.

    Having said that, I’d be more than happy to see a decent young defensive midfielder brought in. Currently, I don’t think we have one. Smith doesn’t have the speed or ability to read the game that will be necessary at Premier League level. Guthrie’s not great in the tackle. Nolan’s more of an attacking midfielder. Barton could maybe do the job, but can be “unpredictable” in the tackle.

    Hence I’d happily buy in a young talent and sell Smith – as nice a lad as he is, he’s on too high a wage for what we get from him.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    minstral // May 25, 2010 at 8:22 AM
    I hate to sampen your bonfire.

    Please stamp harder…hope we can avoid this player !!


  • sirjasontoon

    May 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Get a hose as well….extinguish the deal !

  • Ericles

    May 25, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    I read what this bloke is reported to have said on Sky Sports transfer centre today. I think AngerOfTheNorth has summed the situation up perfectly.


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