Newcastle are being linked on this first day of the new year and the first day of the January transfer with Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Newcastle again linked with French U21 International
This is not the first time we’ve been linked with the 22 year-old French Under-21 defender, so we’re not sure if it’s new news, or just regurgitated news from last month.
Newcastle were also said to be interested in his team-mate Olivier Giroud, but Newcastle have lost interest in the player, but whether that means we will not being in another striker in the January window, we don’t know.
Losing Demba Ba this month will be a blow, and we have to hope that players like Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best can come through and get the job done for Newcastle while the Senegal striker is away on International duty.
All three are due some goals, and hopefully they will step up to the plate for Newcastle.
Montpellier are now second top of the French League after 19 games played, and have 37 points and are 3 points behind leaders PSG, who just appointed former Chelsea and AC Milan manager, Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager on Friday.
Yanga-Mbiwa was born in Bangui, Central African Republic in 1989, but he is now a naturalized citizen of France, and that makes him eligible to represent France at International level.
The 22 year-old is already captain of Montpellier and he is thought he is close to being called up for the full France side, after appearing 8 times for the French U21 side.
Alan Pardew had made a comment in November that Newcastle were not interested in this player, but it’s not clear he wouldn’t try to being him to Tyneside for around £5M, and he looks a good player and can play anywhere along the back four.
The youngster is keen to play in England, and this is what he had to say back on November 24th:
“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.”
He would certainly be a good buy, but of course Newcastle are interested in other center-backs too, including Jan Vertonghen of Ajax, James Tomkins of West Ham and Rhys Williams of Middlesbrough, to name only three.
And news today that QPR want Chris Samba of Blackburn for £6M, and why didn’t Newcastle go after Bolton’s Gary Cahill?
Gary is available for only £7M, which seems a decent price for the 26 year-old, and Samba’s price is also reasonable for another proven Premier League central defender, so what are we missing?