Newcastle Tracking Top French Defender

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?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Sholameobi

    Nov 23, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Sounds like a promising prospect, his interview reminds me a bit of tiotes when he first joined

  • joppadoni

    Nov 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #2

    he never mentions newcastle specifically though so i dont see where his comments would then mean we are tracking him ive heard nothing from the club about him :S

  • TinoToon

    Nov 23, 2011 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #3

    So this lad is gonna be the usual transfer window fight aganist arsenal to secure a promising player??

  • gorskino10

    Nov 23, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Talk in France he has reportedly been taking English Lessions and is wanting the attension of English clubs, doesn’t mean we are about to sell a defender BUT Mike Williamsson has been injured ALOT and he would be a fantastic rotation.

  • ricky90

    Nov 23, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #5

    would be a good buy considering his age and versatility.. but that doesn’t negate the need to get a specialist left back

  • Conan The Destroyer

    Nov 23, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Im bit out of the loop, why is Simpson stalling on signing a new contract??

    There has to be plenty of right backs that would love to play for Newcastle..

  • Thump

    Nov 23, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #7

    @Conan: he told me that he thought Barton spoke sense, so take your guess mate. He was definitely up for sale, or at least Villa wanted him, so take from that what you will.

    I don’t think Simmo will be here come February though. Given the RBs we’ve been linked with, Santon’s introduction at RB and Simmo’s unwillingness to sign a contract… well, it says everything really. I’d hate for him to go, he’s a decent defender for all we slate him and he’s still learning his trade. That said, if a good offer came in for him, we’d probably all take it.

    Here’s hoping it’s a *good* offer.

  • chuck

    Nov 23, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Why is he hesitating to sign ?
    Ashley is lowballing him.
    He is presently one of the lowest paid players in the squad and apparently they want to keep it that way.
    For a first team pick and a decent and continually improving player well….i can understand his reluctance.
    But BSA wants him and will probably offer him a better deal.
    If we could get Tomkins in exchange from W/ham, possibly a good deal for both clubs.

  • chris_g

    Nov 23, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #9

    If Yanga-Mbiwa usually plays at RB then he’d certainly be a decent replacement for Simpson, and it’s a bonus that he could also provide additional cover at CB if required.

    However, I’m a bit worried that the club are also reported to be looking at him as a possible replacement for Colo if he fails to sign a new contract. I’m not sure if this guy would be the best choice to replace him if that were to happen – I know our other French recruits have settled in very quickly and adjusted very well to the pace of the PL, but to bring in someone like him half way through the season and play him as one of the first choice CBs seems a bit risky to me, especially when you consider how long it took for Colo to settle in when he first arrived.

    Also, he’s been quoted as saying that he wouldn’t be happy to go anywhere to sit on the bench, so unless we can virtually guarantee him a place in the starting 11 every week perhaps we should look elsewhere:

    “PSG are one of the largest teams of France, as are Lyon and Marseille. If possible PSG is a challenge that would interest me. I would not go somewhere to stay on the bench though. I always want to play.”

  • PortsladeToon

    Nov 23, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #10

    I won’t be listening to any of these “Rumors” as most of them turn out to be complete rubbish, we all know by now that newcastle tend to do most things behind closed doors and the press don’t get a waft of anything until a deal is nearly complete, so they make it up because they no longer have any crap on us so that a good thing.

    but after listening to Graham Carr they are watching around 50 to 70 players at any time obviously we wouldn’t be going for them all

  • carrollsinger

    Nov 23, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Simmo is refusing to sign because he thinks he is better then he is and deserves more money fact!

  • Dannyo

    Nov 23, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Simmo doesn’t know whats good for him. There’s no top 6 side that would sign him, not in a million years.
    He thinks there is tho, and he wants more money.
    There’s 100 RBs i’d have ahead of him, Clyne and Tavernier are two of them.
    From what i’ve heard of this french lad, he’s a very good defender. His team is sharing top spot with Paris SG and Arsenal and Lille have both been

  • Dannyo

    Nov 23, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Tracking him. Sign him up if true i say. (sorry, managed to submit before i was done)

  • cyprus

    Nov 23, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #14

    If Danny is the lowest paid player then I agree with him, stick to his guns, despite fan criticism he has been solid and the silly goals have come from the left or even the middle. To be honest, not interested in transfer talk at this moment. We have people taking care of that. Now, can the current team do something at Man U? Of course, is the answer. This is no City and the worse Man U I’ve seen for years. Vulnerable at the back, lightweight midfield, lack of goals, lucky results. I really hope that the coach convinces them that yes they can. The result last night (Benfica) illustrates my point.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 23, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Tavernier is better than Simpson for a start, beofre we even look at other people.

    As a full back Simpson has no final ball and backs off wingers way too much. That’s not really up for debate.
    As a asweeper Simpson would be class as he showed at the emirates last year.

    I would be devastated if this guy was a replacement for Colo, but for Sinpson all day long.

  • cyprus

    Nov 23, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Won’t comment on this again because we are stirring up a storm in a teacup here since there’s nothing to talk about; but, a shame people criticise one of our steadiest and most committed performers who makes very few mistakes, has saved certain goals off the line (positioning, it’s called) and even shows a sense for adventure going forward. e.g. he effectively scored that goal two games ago. I can easily recall blatant errors by two of our other defenders, yet they escape criticism. So easy to just say, get rid because he wants more money. This guy has been an integral part of the team for years and really contributed to our automatic promotion. I understand the lack of faith in players, they brought this on to themselves. Their ease of departure, their lack of loyalty, makes it hard for us to call them ‘wor’ players. That’s why people like Terry, Rooney, wor Alan are adored and forgiven for errors (racist, thug, relegated us). We know who they play(ed) for.

  • danishmag

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #17
  • geoff777

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18


    Tavernier has potential but there is no way he is better than Simmo.

    He’s been loaned to Gateshead, Carlisle and now Sheff Wed.
    So he’s not even fizzy pop league standard yet

  • jayphoto

    Nov 23, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19

    If we sign Yanga-Mbiwa then its for the first team rb slot Providing cover as a 4th choice centre half! He’s got great quality and all the attributes to succeed in the PL! I think Danny Simpsons cards are marked to be honest, as regards to pay, I’d class him as the weakest member in our starting 11, why should he be paid the same as a cabaye, or a tiote or Collocini?

  • simon

    Nov 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Simpson has been fairly consistent 4 me and fans keep on questioning his ability, even though he has been part of the best defence in the country, all we get is change left back or change right back, or both. You have 2 question the football knowledge of some of these fans as some of the criticism has been a joke.

  • geoff777

    Nov 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21


    Simmo has been exceptional.
    The guy cost 500K.
    He’s up against some of the fastest, most expensive players in the world and he’s hardly made a mistake in over 1000 minutes of play.

    Guthrie, Simmo and Perch have all been unfairly criticised.
    Mistakes aren’t forgive and forgotten.
    Soon there is a bandwagon of sheep attacking our own players.

    I’m pleased to see Guthrie and Simmo have silenced the (lambs?) idiots.
    Perch too looks to be a far better player than most fans think.

    This expectation of perfection from our young players is so unfair and can’t help their confidence.

  • martoon

    Nov 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    I thought Perch did quite well when he came on last week in midfield and I think it was his pass that laid on our goal. As my son said “City brought on Silva and we brought on Perchino!”

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 23, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Got to agree with Geoff. Simmo has been very solid , so lay off him and stop moaning like a bunch of Man U fans. That said, the french lad looks superb on the Dennis Wise (U tube) and I would be watching him….


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