It seems the prices being asked for two of Newcastle’s summer targets will see the Magpies pass, and look for better bargains elsewhere.
Montpellier’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – too expensive?
Ajax center-back and captain Jan Vertonghen has already come out and said he wants to join Tottenham, with his next choice being Arsenal – so it’s clear he doesn’t want to come to Tyneside, which is fine we suppose.
At least he’s being up front, and add to that his price is around £9M for a player who will be a free agent next summer, and he is hardly a good buy, so we’ll leave one of the two London clubs to sign the 25 year-old Belgium International.
But unfortunately it seems that other clubs are also after Montpellier’s captain Yanga-Mbiwa, who has been a target of Newcastle’s for the last year, with Arsenal and Manchester United both showing an interest in the defender, who can play anywhere along the back line.
The 23-year-old will be leaving French Champions Montpellier this summer, after the club’s chairman has come out and agreed to let his captain leave, but it looks like he will not come cheap, and there could be a bidding war for the player, which Newcastle will not take part in.
And both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Germany have also shown an interested in the player, who could be in the French squad for the Euro 2012 Championships this summer.
It looks like any move for the player is now out of the reckoning, and Newcastle will need to move their attentions elsewhere.
But we should forget about former target, West Ham’s James Tomkins, who came out yesterday and said he made the right decision to stay in London last January, rather than join Newcastle, with West Ham now back in the Premier League.
That’s a pity, because James has looked an excellent player at both center-back and defensive midfield, when we have watched him over the last six months – and he was West Ham’s star man at center-back in the play-off win against Blackpool.
Newcastle are still interested in FC Twente’s Douglas, but it could be that Newcastle surprise us with a center-back we have not even been linked with, with some of the other targets becoming too expensive.
What do you think?