Newcastle Now Linked With French Center-Back


Some surprising news today in TuttoMercato,  that Newcastle’s former (?) target, Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa,  has confirmed that Newcastle United are still interested in signing him.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Monpellier captain

Newcastle had been tracking this player for over a year, and he  can play anywhere across the back four,  and the player has said before that he would just love to move to Newcastle, but who doesn’t these days? 😀

Yanga-Mbiwa is still only 23, and is the captain of Montpellier, and he had an excellent season in leading Montpellier to the French Championship last term, and he was in the final 26 squad for France, but didn’t make the final cut for  Euro 2012.

And while he has played 8 times for the France U21 side he has yet to get a full cap for France.

This is what Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa said today in TuttoMercato:

“It is possible that I can renew my contract with Montpellier, just as it is possible that I will not renew it.”  “I do not exclude the possibility of renewing my contract with Montpellier.”

“Playing for Milan would certainly be a great opportunity for me, so now we wait.”  “I know that Newcastle are also interested in me. Newcastle would be a great opportunity for me, and I would hope that eventually I could join Milan.”

“Joining Newcastle before Milan would give me the chance to mature even more and gain more experience. We’ll see what happens.” “Montpellier turned down our offer and we cannot reach an agreement for buying the player.”  

“Therefore, the case is closed with no regrets or bitterness.”

It seems strange for a player to talk about joining Newcastle first and then AC Milan, because you cannot think too far ahead in football, but he’s still young and he can still have ambitions of course.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliano did confirm over the weekend that the Italian giants had seen their bid rejected by Montpellier:

“Montpellier turned down our offer and we cannot reach an agreement for buying the player.” “Therefore, the case is closed with no regrets or bitterness.”

But this lad is a good player,  and he also has excellent leadership skills,  and because he can play anywhere across the back four he would be a great acquisition for Newcastle. That’s the area that Newcastle need to strengthen this summer, by hopefully bringing in two top defenders.

But given that Milan have already had a bid turned down for the 23 year-old,  what are the chances of Newcastle having a bid accepted, should they decide to put in a bid?

About 5%?

What do you think?

Comments always welcome.

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313 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #1

    No chance. Next

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  • will190780

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Get us at least one center back otherwise Williamson is going to first choice again for another season. This guy will do I’ll take him.

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  • wingspan

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #3

    @ old git + Mister Tuff from last thread
    Yup defo shows good man management, i find it really interesting the different ways Pards handles Benny and Obertan. He seems to be constantly reigning benny in and challenging to be better and better (giving him a kick up the arse) where Oba he is all about bigging the guy up. Im impressed with how he deals with that, tho i would like him to be a bit more complimentary about benny sometimes.

    And mister tuff with regards to Oba i too hope your wrong 🙂 but as you say time will tell, i hope the crowd get behind him from the start tho, if we are on his back if he makes a mistake 10mins into the first game of the season all Pards work of building his confidence up in pre season will be shattered.

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  • HullMag6

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Worth a try, but being used as a steping stone towards Milan. Not so sure unless we do so well that milan is less appealing.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, we need to make sure that Williamson and Simpson aren’t playing this season, otherwise we’re going to have the worst defence in the league. If it wasn’t for Tim Krul, we would’ve had the worst defence in the league last season. We don’t want any more 4-2, 4-0, 5-0 or 5-2 defeats again.

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  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree Nufc-83 – Wishful thinking – Next

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #7

    mbwia yea u can defo use us as a stepping stone i dont mind

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Kets 15 clean sheets last season . Simmo played nearly every game and Williamson played most of season after Saylor injured,.

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  • macdonaldtudor

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #9

    I am sure I am wrong but I am starting to wonder if AP was given a choice keep your best players and sign kids or cheap players or sell one or more of the big guns and sign two or three of his top targets. I would keep the best players, but it will be a shame if we get no top replacements for the dross we have lost Guthrie excluded.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #10

    So, we don’t want players that don’t think the toon are the biggest team in the World?

    On the other hand, we do want players that have a winning mentality (which generally comes from big clubs that win lots).

    Is anyone else noticing the problem here?

    Not saying this is our guy, not by any means. Does anyone even know what he is really valued at? Kets mentioned £33m, but not sure where this figure has come from? Any ideas out there…

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    I just dont see why we dont spend 30 mill on 3 or 4 players as then we can compete with city united and chelsea for the chmps league places. Thats were we belong its so easy why dont we do it.

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  • hotdog

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Ibiza – tiote’s screamer was a beut.

    I just think the top three share alot of goals around the team but hopefully Cisse continues where i left off 🙂

    Ohh to find a centre half like the great Albert, come on Carr do your magic 😉
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFF3BFJuajc

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    depends on the size of the bid. Knowing our dealing history it would be about 0.5 % chance of happining.

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    tequilamag
    U just made his day by biting mate

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Sorry got lost in Ketsbia’s head for a second. Man that was a fcked up place!!!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #16

    milan are trying to get him for 6m euro

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  • Sholadona

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #17

    @Kets Worst defence in the league? What are you smoking today?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Hotdog….Haven’t loaded the vid, but can only think of the Man U game….Philipe Albeeeeerrrrttt! Can watch that all day 🙂

    Don’t worry about Cisse, he scores when he wants after all. No goals in pre-season is all part of an elaborate plan to calm the opposition. Mark my words, 4 minutes in to the season, Cisse will have a goal 🙂

    Nufc-83..Welcome back. Did you bring me a T-Shirt?

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    WWYCD Sometimes like Tiote i just cant pull out of the challenge even if its the wrong thing to do

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza not loads of ideas but im pretty sure kets gets his figures off of old lottery tickets…….

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve seen some source state £33m. Check on Google News. Their owner did state the they wanted £41m for Giroud, but Arsenal signed him for £13m. We could end of bidding for 4 players from Ajax. We could bid for:

    Van Der Wiel
    Alderewerield
    Anita
    Sulejmani

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #22

    davy…€6m was the rejected offer? Are there any somewhat credible (I know, I know) reports on what they want for him?

    Before people start jumping up and down about Ashley not paying more than that as we’ve just seen with Debuchy, this is perhaps different as he’s 23? Once again, not saying it’s at all likely, but with very little to discuss other than Debuchy, nuts and general b*ll*cks, we could kick this round for a minute or two.

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  • GeordieJordy

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes! I dont care that he sees us as a stepping stone to towards AC Milan, we would put his price up a lot and make a profit if we sold him anyway.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #24

    ordered my new home top with cisse on the back

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Kets….I reckon they may do us a bumper deal for taking a third of their (I assume) starting 11.

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #26

    tequilamag
    Haha I can accept that and tbf even if u ignore him he just continues to throw out bait so makes no difference…chances are he wont reply to u though

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Tads…Seems as likely as any other source

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #28

    It could be possible, but then you can’t buy 3.66 players, unless you’re Patrick Bateman.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #29

    *sigh* ajax are never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever sell alderwield in the same window they sold verthongen that and the fact that he has stated many many times he doesnt want to leave

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  • WWYCD

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Kets
    Why not just buy Ajax? Or make them our feeder club I mean howay they are nothing in comparison to us! What have they ever done we won the Championship not too long ago so they’d be begging us to accept them as a feeder club

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #31

    WWYCD i think Kets is Eds evil twin

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Kets…Was that humour? Well I never. Be careful though, it has been known to run some up the wrong way and we wouldn’t want that, oh no we would not!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Davy if we sell cisse now im coming for you…………………………. 😉

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  • Sholadona

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #34

    We should just buy the whole Eredivisie

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #35

    i see the neggers hav been out in force on here over the last few days crying were gonna finish bottom half of the table unless we sign players. were the same ppl not crying a relegation fight this time last year even though we had signed 7players n sold nolan, barton n jose

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #36

    or perhaps *rub them up the wrong way?

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  • Adssy Mccc

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #37

    From previous thread:

    Ibizatoon: By big guns I guess I mean both stature and spending power. Probably more stature though!

    I guess with becoming a ‘big gun’ as I’ve put it, comes the ability to spend the bigger money as well though, therefore overcoming our problems so far.

    Look at Chelsea and Arsenal so far, they have had to dig deep to get the players they want…

    We will get there though soon enough. We are taking the right path for us at this moment in time. It’s hard to judge properly at this stage of the transfer window though. Alot still may (or may not) happen…

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  • cadete

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Would love this guy can play anywhere across the back and would be a superb addition sadly can’t see him comin tho

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Davy….I think you are correct in that observation. But this time we’re really doomed.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Adssy…I get you, it is hard to know where the hell we are at this stage. Arsenal have spent what is perceived as well at this stage. Let’s see how they pan out over the season. No doubt talented players, but that doesn’t always equal success.

    We may not sign those type of marquee players, if that’s what we want to refer to them as, but so far, we seem to have obtained hungry players wanting to prove themselves and move the club forward. For me, that is better than a marquee signing.

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