West Bromwhich midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu ha said he has been in talks with Newcastle United.
Youssouf Mulumbu – Newcastle in talks with this player
Mulumbu was born in Kinshasa, Zaire and has played 12 times for the DR Congo and joined French club PSG back in 2004.
Mulumbu joined West Brom on loan in January of 2009, and then signed full terms for the Midlands club in the summer of the same year, for a fee of £175K.
The African player’s contract has another two years to run at West Brom, but it seems the lad wants away to a bigger club, and we will not have any trouble with him going away on International duty, since he retired from International football in September of last year, based on family reasons.
Mulumbu spilled the beans when he had this to say to Mercato365:
“We have already started talking to teams like Newcastle and Tottenham. For now, I’m leaving it all in the hands of my agent and I hope to have good surprises on my return from vacation.”
“Last year, I thought it would be a little premature to go because it was my first full season. But I confirmed my promise this season. I continued to show all my abilities and I think I now have to look for another challenge.”
“That’s why I hope to join a club in another class. I had a good year, I’m pretty confident and I will leave it now to my agent. I’m going to go on holiday and come back stronger because I know that another big season ahead.”
Newcastle may be wanting to bring in another defensive midfielder simply because we have lost both Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie this summer, or else Mulumbu is the favored back-up, in case Cheick Tiote is whisked away by some bigger club who come in and bids an astronomical fee for him.
But we’d like to see Newcastle build up their squad in all positions, so Newcastle will have more strength in depth for next season, so we think Mulumbu would be a decent buy for Newcastle at the right price.
Maybe £3M for this player or less, would be money well spent by Newcastle, whether or not Cheick Tiote leaves Newcastle this summer.
From our reckoning, Mulumbu has played a total of 123 games for West Brom with 10 goals, and looks a very decent player.
What do you think?