Young French Defender Could Be Good Buy For Newcastle


Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has a dream of playing in the English Premier League,  and there have been recent reports that Newcastle are  interested in the player.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Montpellier captain could be good buy
At just 22 years old the 6′ tall defender is already captain of Montpelier,  and they remained  second top of the French League behind PSG with a good 1-0 win at home to Lyon yesterday.

The winning goal came in the second half through Olivier Giroud, in a game that Montpellier dominated.

This is what Yanga-Mbiwa told Sky Sports only last week:

“I am flattered by the interest from the French champions, but there is no agreement between the clubs, so I am still here with Montpellier,”

“Newcastle are interested? Well it means my performances have crossed the country.”

“My dream league has always been the Premier League, so you never know.”

“But for me if Montpellier have to agree a fee with a team, then who knows? But I would love to play one day in England.”

Newcastle have an impressive scouting network under Chief Scout Graham Carr, and it’s at its strongest in France, where there’s no doubt some excellent bargains can be made.

The Montpellier captain will have been watched by the Newcastle club a number of times this season, and he has been very impressive for a side who are currently second top of the French League,  and the Bangui, Central African Republic born player can play anywhere across the back four.

He joined Montpellier back in 2006 as a youth player and made his debut for the French side in February of 2007 against Bastia, when he was just 17, and  he started the match and played the entire game.

Yanga-Mbia has so far played 172 times for the French club with four goals, and he has played 8 times for the French U21 side.

His transfer fee has been quoted at around £5M, but if Newcastle can get that down by one or two million we think this lad could be a good acquisition for the Tyneside club.

But whether Newcastle can get him in this month is questionable simply because Montpellier are doing so well in the French League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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30 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Sign him up Pards!

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa would be a quality signing can cover both full back positions as well
    and if the worst happens and colo doesnt sort a contract him ant taylor could be immense

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    berbatov used to sleep in his newcastle pajamas as a kid and is a lifelong fan. he wants out of manutd so i say sign him up – we could also pay him in new sets of pajamas.

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  • kpryddie

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    He is an awesome player and the CB i would most like to see us buy would be fantastic nothing gets through him

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  • listie

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    @3 He was a Shearer fan not a Toon fan, he said so when he met Shearer

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon tang

    Although I think berbatov could do a job for us, he is 30, nearly 31. He doesn’t fit our criteria of age and sell on value, so it would be a no.

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Would have to get him now, as Montpellier look good for a CL spot, which would double his price and alert other teams.

    Would be my no1 defensive pick.

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Let’s hope we start to make headway with our transfers this week, 1 or 2 additions would be great. We don’t want any players who will unsettle the squad though, Morrison in particular.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    @ listie – no mate, hes defo a toon fan i just looked it up. he dreamed of playing for toon and slept in a toon shirt. if thats not a fan i dont know what is.

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    the problems with Berbatov
    1) no sell on value
    2) NO PACE
    3)almost 31
    4)is very stationery
    5) HIGH WAGES
    it’s a shame as he does score goals

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    This CB, Erding and a winger = dream transfer window. Would be the difference between hanging on for 6th/7th and chasing down 4th.

    MA must surely realise that this is the best chance he will have of disrupting the “big clubs”.

    They are all in transition, and a young, powerful team like ours can challenge seriously over the next few years. Pleeeeeasseee Mike, do the right thing!!!!!

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  • listie

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12

    ToonTang, sorry mate straight from
    His mouth he slept in a Shearer shirt, AS asked him about supporting Newcastle and he said no he supported Shearer, Wikipedia is usually made up bollox mate!

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    get him on a free and plant him up front with ba. i know hes as slow as strolla but he defo knows where the net is.

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Sirtoongospel

    Your right, we’re just a couple of quality players from becoming a really decent side, who could frighten any of the top teams.

    Ashley is a businessman who is prepared to produce the goods in the long term, I don’t think he will get caught up with the excitement of challenging for a champions league position. Wish he would though.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    it wernt off wiki mate its all over the net if you type it in . theres even a piece on this very blog about it a while back!!

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  • Wor Shearer

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Pards already said that we won’t buy anyone over 26, so forget Berba and let QPR enjoy Alex……but we can still have Mbiwa!!! please….

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  • wynsleap

    Jan 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    sirtoongospel – spot on!
    As the song goes – “now is the hour”.
    Some decent and sensible speculation would really lift this club into challenging for Europe.
    Still not convinced by Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool so top four is not outside our ambition. If only Ashley had some.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #18

    It’s not mega money needed is it? sell no one, smith aside, and get Erding and a CB for about 12 million. If not Morrison they chade then another prospect for similar money, and very importantly get Colo, Guthrie and Simmo nailed down.

    simmo has his detractors but he is always fit and is steady at RB. don’t need to sell him.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    And excellent centre back just like colo. Takes the ball out of defence.. If there is 1 centre half this Jan. I hope it’s him.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #20

    MYM would be a great signing. Young and versatile, can play anywhere across the back four.

    These types of players are worth their weight in gold.

    Means we can get away with a smallish squad and so keep players happy. Chances of getting him for £5m are slim though.

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    get him for 2m ED??? His price is going up every time he plays! He’s due to get a call up to the french team in the next round of internationals, if he does his price will rocket past 10m!

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  • John

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Love to see him in nufc shirt play him at LB and move Santon to RB.

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  • listie

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Toon Tang – just to put this to bed had a look and listen to the man himself
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LvqZxpY8TE

    Pointless arguement anyway and he is too old and too lazy for us so weill never come and is not wanted

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  • ArtyH

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #24

    IMHO I think we are also a team in transision but with good luck and good grace with a few decent signings could reach a spot in Europe. This lad looks good but we really need a good C/F. If we can pick up any bargins along the way that would be fantasic too. I am slowly warming to the M.A style of management and we no longer get the pi$$ taken out of us by other teams and their discarded has beens, its more likely the other way on now. HWTL’s.

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  • ArtyH

    Jan 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    A comment on the two games yesturday, we won ugly and had to put up with classless yobs who did not play good football ( after the first 20m in fareness ). Watched the Swansea game and as a neutral, mind that was some game lads, they know how to play nice close attractive football, grat entertaining game, and if they could have just stopped the Arse from scoring we would be in a better position goal diff wise.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Wouod be an excellent buy, but at 6ft might not be an ideal centre half in english football. Him and Colo would represent a very small central defensive pairing, if excellent on the deck.

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  • Eldis R.

    Jan 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Best pick for now if you ask me. I read a lot of rumors what are nufc interested in on the market, but if we need central back he is the man to pick. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is young he knows how to play in deff , he is not expensive and im sure he can do a good job on pitch. We can save some money to with this player no need to spend all in one go. This seasson will be good anyway,

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  • max

    Jan 16, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #28

    just buy. no only rumours

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 17, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #29

    ToonTang:

    Used to sleep in a Toon shirt, boyhood NUFC fan, loved the club since he was a small child.That will be Silvio Maric then, lets buy him. Oh and lets not forget who else has been a Toon fan all his life. Shola. Need I go on?

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  • numba9

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #30

    we need someone that can slot straight in and do the job to keep our pressure on the top 6, alex is the man simples!

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