Newcastle Linked With French Defender

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?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    If we were to sell Bambi, Smith and Lovenkrands to bring in Giroud we would be much better off than we are today!!

  • toonincheek

    Jan 1, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Thought you would have a day off today, Ed, but I guess we are all crazy when it comes to NUFC!

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year for 2012, Ed.

  • Toon_Army

    Jan 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Happy New Year ED!!!!

    Hope it’s a Great Year for you and your Family!!!

    Also wishing all the millions of NUFC supporters around the World a Happy New Year!!!

    Lets hope Santa was late delivering that CB and ST we desperatly need!!!

  • criticalsteve73

    Jan 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    We need someone with a bit quality to beef up our now frail looking defense raylor for me has been getting exposed against the better teams in the league,this lad may be the answer or maybe not but please let us get at couple of players in to halt any slide down the table. Ps all the best to everyone

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jan 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Happy new year everyone.

    I hope we can bring a defender in sooner rather than later, in this window. From what pardew said, it looks like we will only bring one player in, unless a bargain striker can be had. I don’t think we should bring too many players in, in this window. I’m sure we will have a full month of speculation.

  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Jan 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    “…..why didn’t Newcastle go after Bolton’s Gary Cahill?
    Because he wants approx 80k per week and we lack ambition.

  • PapaToon

    Jan 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    The reason Ed we havent gone for Gary Cahill and Samba is due to their wage demands. got to look at the the transfer fee and wages. By newcastle standards they are pretty old :).

  • nufc96

    Jan 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #8
  • Lynxie

    Jan 1, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, if you are moderating this Blog, can you please remove the annoyinance of nufc96? The multiple posting of nonsense videos on every blog page is pointless and pathetic. If I wanted to watch that sort of behaviour I would get a season Ticket to watch Martin O Neill’s circus of mutants, or move in next door to nufc96, who is obviously a window licker..

  • max

    Jan 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #10



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