Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga Mbiwa is said to be on his way to have a medical at Newcastle United.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Newcastle agreed fee with Montpellier?
But we don’t how true this story is, because it’s a rumor that’s been generated on Sky Sports.
The rumor is that Newcastle have had an offer accepted for the Montpellier captain, and the 22 year-old is now on his way to Newcastle, and will have his medical tomorrow.
If the rumor is to be believed, the 22 year-old will sign a four and a half year deal at Newcastle.
We have covered this lad a few times over the last couple of months and he looks a very good player, who can play anywhere across the back four.
And a player with that defensive versatility would be a very good buy for Newcastle.
The 8 times capped French U21 International stands 6′ tall and would jump at the chance to join Newcastle as he has said earlier this month:
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.
Last November he was rumored to be worth around £5M, and if that is true Newcastle could have decided he would be a better bargain than Adrian Mariappa of Watford, who would cost around £4M.
This would also be consistent with what the Sunday Sun reported today, that over the last 24 hours, Newcastle have turned their attention to center-backs on the continent, after their lack of success with Mariatta.
Again, we don’t know if this rumor is true, and it’s that time in the transfer window when rumors could be generated out of thin air.
But we hope it is because we think this lad would be a great buy for Newcastle.
He is the captain of Montpellier, and so the lad has some leadership skills, and he has played for them since 2006 and has a total of 171 appearances with four goals.
Arsenal are one of the other clubs who have recently been linked with the youngster.
And finally, here’s a video of the player