The Daily Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are after Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – 22 year-old Montpellier captain
The 22-year-old defender usually plays at right back, but he can also play anywhere across the back-line, and the news is that he would cost around £5M.
It seems that Newcastle will sign a striker and a defender in the January transfer window, with Mobido Maiga said to be the hot favorite to come to Newcastle in early January for around £7M, from French club Sochaux.
Newcastle also want somebody who can play at center-back, so we suppose Yanga-Nbiwa could fit the bill, and he’s certainly good enough and young enough to be a decent buy for Newcastle.
Mopntpellier are joint top of the French League and are tied on 30 points with PSG after 14 games, and he has played for the France U21 side 8 times.
Yanga-Mbiwa was born in Bangui, Central African Republic in 1989, but he is a naturalized citizen of France, which makes him eligible to represent France at International level, and it is thought he is close to being called up for the full France side.
It seems Newcastle (that means Graham Carr the Chief Scout) were watching Montpelier to check on striker Olivier Giroud, but have been impressed with the youngster, who made his debut for Montpellier back in 2006, and has so far played 148 times for the French club with 3 goals.
This is what the 22 year-old said about a possible move to England:
“People live for football in England, and that is what I want to experience,” “I’ll see what offers I get, but English football is incredible.”
“There is more physical contact than in France, but I like that – it suits my style of play.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed with the youngster and he checked on him last summer, and Yanga-Mbiwa also almost joined French Champions Lille in the summer.
Danny Simpson, the current right back has refused to sign a new contract at the Tyneside club, and we don’t think Newcastle will let the former Manchester United defender run down his contract, and become a free agent in the summer of 2013.
So signing a player of the caliber of this lad, would help to solve that potential problem too.
From what we can tell Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could be a good signing for Newcastle, even at £5M.
What do you think?