Newcastle Linked With French Center-Back


The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle scouts were at the Montpellier game on Sunday checking on one of their long term targets – Montpelier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Newcastle still interested

Montpellier lost that game 1-0 at home to Marseilles, and it remains to be seen if Newcastle will try to sign the defender, whom they have tracked for the last year, and Chelsea scouts were also reported to be at the game yesterday.

Mapou can play anywhere along the back four, so we think he would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, but it’s debatable what Newcastle would be willing to pay for the 8 times capped French U21 International.

Newcastle are also in with a chance of signing FC  Twente center-back Douglas for around £4M, so Newcastle could well be weighing up which defender would be the better buy for the club.

The Montepliier captain starred last season when the small French club won the French Championship for the very first time in their history, and beat out moneybags Paris Saint Germain, and good for them.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has played for Montpellier since back in 2006 when he made his debut, and he has so far played for the club 190 times with four goals, and we think this lad would be a great signing by Newcastle.

We hope it happens – this week.

What do you think?

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126 comments so far

  • Kyo

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Would love a CB, be it Douglas or Mbiwa.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Morning all !!.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Isn’t this the lad that said that ‘Newcastle would be a great stepping stone for me to join AC Milan’ ???

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  • Super Magpie

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #4

    JB

    Which is exactly why I don’t want him. Great player nonetheless. But if we’re seen as a stepping stone to another player then all interest should be ended immediately.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Do you guys not think that Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Ba etc. have aspirations to play for bigger clubs??

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #6

    @jack butler

    Naa that was Lionel messi mate

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  • lukes26

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Or perhaps…..Remy?

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  • JackButler

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Super

    I know that we are way behind the Milans, Barca and Madrid’s of this world, but a player saying that we are a stepping stone is wrong and not the way to endear yourself to possible new supporters

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  • Ally

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #9

    has anyone heard that there have been a massive amounts of money placed on andy carroll to join us in the last few hours

    i wonder if some people know something we dont!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #10

    TDS

    Of course they do, but to come out publicly and say that we are seen as a stepping stone is the quickest way to get my back up

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  • Graeme

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #11

    As long as we get a dominant CB to bolster the back four it will improve the team. If he can play at FB and score a goal or two, so much the better

    Whether this guy, or Douglas or A.N. Other we will be better off for it. The team needs the defence strengthening, just no doubt about it!!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #12

    When our canny manager Mr Pardew states that he is worried about Players going at the last knockings of the transfer window what he should be saying is this….

    If anyone comes in for our top players this week ..your too late .. it gives us no time to find a replacement ..and besides that we are going to give it a real go to finish higher than last season, and maybe qualify for the Champions league ourselves . So with that in mind none of our players are for sale” .

    That would not spoil any future plans would it ? Most of our players would become more valuable if we reach a champions league position , so nowt spoiling !.

    That’s where we should be if Ashley hopes to grow from here on in .

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Sign him up!

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  • pawl250

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #14

    We are a stepping stone though! Anyone thinking otherwise is naive!

    Do you really think we are big enough to stop the likes of Cabaye, Tiote, Cisse, Krul, Ben Arfa from moving on in the future should a bigger club come in for him!!

    Fact is this guy has the potential to be the best defender on the planet in 5-6 years time! Why wouldn’t anyone want him at the club?!

    It would be like saying we signed Ronaldo instead of Man Utd, eventually we will have to sell him on. But in that time you had not only the privilege of him playing at Newcastle, but improving our team dramatically in the process!

    People who say they don’t want him because he said that he would eventually like to play at AC Milan are just plain stupid!

    It’s like saying we don’t want Cabaye in our team now, even though he admitted he left a CL team at the time to join us to get a bigger name! He will be gone if Man Utd or Real Madrid and others come in for him!

    But no we dont want him here because he has an ambition to play for the best team he can possibly play for. Do you really think Perch would stay if he had an option of us or AC Milan, and he will never have that option because he is not good enough!

    Fools!

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #15

    It seems like were gonna have to fight off big interest in Tiote/Cabaye.

    Gut feeling,I think one will leave. 🙁

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  • pawl250

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Would take him tomorrow! And close the window after it if I could!

    Carroll – meh
    Douglas – great but not the same calibre as this guy
    Debuchy – ok I would have him tomorrow to but if I had a choice I would choose Mbiwa
    Remy – shut up not going to happen your clearly dreaming and can’t accept reality! He will be at Spurs this time next week!

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  • RonVanDam

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Douglas has the, height, speed, strenght and presense but is short tempered and lacks concentration

    Yanga-Mbiwa – has the making of a geat player. He’s fast, strong, excellent leadership skills. Only thing going against him is his height.

    I prefer Yanga-Mbiwa personally but both will be good additions to the squad and good long term replacements to Colo and Saylor

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Them betting markets mean nowt mate.

    A couple of hundred quid & they slash the odds.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Any team other than Barcelona or Real Madrid is a stepping stone IMO. Also how does anyone know what a players true desires are. For all we know Tiote could be telling us fans he loves it here and wants to stay then telling his agent to find him a big money move. Unlikely I know but very possible, football is a cut-throat world

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  • JackButler

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Mbiwa is a very classy player of that there’s no doubt and I would love to see him come to us its just saying that we are stepping stone has got my back up

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  • BigKirky

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #21

    I just hope we get a couple in before Friday so we stop going round in circles with all the speculation. Quite deflating when there’s no more movement. Amalfitano, Good, Bigi and Anita seem to be very good buyers for the very near future. Can’t help but want a couple in to male an instant improvement to the squad, although Anita comes somewhere close to that category.

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  • BigKirky

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Make not male. Bloody phone.

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  • nufc_eire

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #23
  • Harley

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #24

    I’ve just seen someone on Facebook say that Liverpool have accepted 15million for Carroll.
    I’ve heard nothing but has anyone else?

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  • pawl250

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Belfast – I think you could be right.

    Tiote has said he isn’t leaving and happy here. Although I think that means nothing really these days I do actually believe him, atleast for this transfer window!

    Cabaye would be most likely to leave if anyone. Krul doesn’t seem to have any desire to leave and really on Cabaye hasn’t publically stated he doesn’t want to leave the club.

    BUT in saying that I doubt Chelsea, Man City/United will put a bid in for him. Only Spurs and Arsenal have the motivation to do so after losing key players. It’s not a massive step up, especially Spurs who are not far in terms of quality ahead of us. Ok Arsenal maybe tempting but alot of the star players have left or want to leave, I just wonder if they are big enough to turn his head now.

    I think we will be ok, if anyone could potentially turn heads recently though it’s Ben Arfa! No one has mentioned he could have a bidder late in the window! He doesn’t seem the loyal type aswell, judging from behaviour in the past!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Harley – The Carroll for 15 million was all over twitter earlier on tonight some guy called @Marcus_Agent27 (who is said to be full of BS) was touting the story

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Well there’s no chance of getting him if Chelsea start bidding for him! Don’t you think that they’d have finished in the market by now!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Mark Douglas ?@MsiDouglas
    Quick titbit for you on Tiote. Spoke to someone close to him who claimed no bids, no interest & player wants to stay. Let’s hope so… #nufc

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  • nightfa11

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #29

    mbiwa wont come to be a 3rd choice CB…taylor & colo wont be seperated.. luckily mbiwa can play as fullback.. so if we do sign him i dont expect us to bid for debuchy.. mbiwa will play as RB…he wont come here to sit on the bench..period.

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  • Rossy G

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #30

    My prediction…..we sign no further players….even if we sell e.g. Cabaye. Then Pardew will proceed with the “corporate” bullsht that Ashley has inked in his contract, using classic lines like “we pushed hard on our targets but clubs wanted unrealistic fees” and/or “unfortunately we didnt have enough time to get it over the line.” followed by if we sell e.g. Cabaye…”all in all not a bad window, as I said all along I just wanted to keep the squad together, ok we lost Yohan but we gained Anita so we have done well….thanks have to go to Mike Ashley for spending 2% of the clubs earnings from last season.”

    Negative I know but there is balancing the books sustainably and then there’s taking the miss and missing out on opportunities ……we were lucky with injuries last year to key key players a couple go out and we won’t just crash out of Europe but also struggle in the league.

    Hope I’m wrong ….UTT

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Please be true! I prefer this guy to Douglas. They don’t make you captain for nothing and he is a great defender that can play along the back 4. Just think of all the options that gives us and I recall Pardew saying he wanted more versatile players. We’ve got Anita now we close the window with Mbiwa and I am happy. Remy would be the cherry on the big fat cake.

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  • pawl250

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #32

    JackButler –

    Why is your back up?! He is only speaking the truth! Rather that than him kissing the badge saying he will stay for life and leave in 2-3 years time!

    Atleast we can expect it! And I hope if he does come his performances catch AC Milans eye! He must be doing something right if it be the case!

    We are a stepping stone, if anyone was being realistic as stated they will admit that!

    I love the club, I am a passionate fan, but a realistic one! We are a top half PL club. We cannot guarantee Europe every year as we are borderline top 7 right now.

    If I was not a Newcastle fan, for example say I was a footballer and went to Atheltico Bilbao and turned heads and had the chance to play for Man Utd or AC Milan or Barcelona – I would go! The challenge, experience and of course money would be mouth watering!

    And like Atheltico Bilbao, Newcastle could not say no unfortunately!

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #33

    If Tiotes offered champions league footy & extra ££££ every week,he’ll be off.

    They’re all the same.

    Carroll destroyed my faith in loyalty lol

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #34

    Rossy G – Why would we spend 6.6M on Anita then? It would make no sense as we could have used Bigi, Vuckic, Gosling or Abeid in there. I think we won’t overspend and are being a tad tight on our buys. I believe in the board and it’s doing it’s best within it’s means. We have bought very sensibly in the last couple of years and I am confident it will continue. I just feel that this is an opportunity to be within the CL places and all it needs is an extra little bit of investment before we possibly slide down the table. It’s an anxious wait these next few days that could determine our destiny.

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  • pawl250

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #35

    If we spend 15m or even 10m+ on Carroll and buy not defenders I would be severly annoyed!

    I mean Debuchy and Douglas together would cost roughly 10-13m and overall strengthen our team 20x more than Carroll would!

    If it is a loan we will be laughing! If we don’t get him and he sits on the bench we are laughing as his price drops further!

    We cannot lose UNLESS Carroll manages to get in the starting 11 and bang alot of goals in. Under BR I can’t see him Getting the thumbs up to play every week. Liverpool fans clearly support him based on his reception against Man City!

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  • JTOONJ

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #36

    There was only one footballer who had loyalty. Shearer

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  • JTOONJ

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #37

    possbily Saylor

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  • pawl250

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #38

    Anyone else feel that this could be our missed opportunity!

    We have a team expected to finish 5th-10th minimum this season! If we fail to gain a top 5 spot we could see the team dismantle. Yet if we improve our team by taking a risk spend a little money say 15-20m we could even break CL and keep our players in the process.

    I don’t want too see us splash needless cash but Douglas, Mbiwa and Debuchy would give us a top notch defence. Roughly costing 20m I know but in the process improving by far our weakest area on the pitch!

    Krul

    Debuchy, Douglas, Colo, Mbiwa
    Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Jonas
    Ba, Cisse

    With the likes of STaylor, Anita, Marveaux, Santon as back up would be a very very strong squad!

    I know this will NEVER happen but if we don’t manage to repeat last year we could see 2 maybe 3 of our key players leave due to a clear lack of ambition!

    I mean we are sooo so close, yet could end up mid table to battling relegation should we lose the same players that took us out of that category!

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  • nightfa11

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #39

    mbiwa would probably be the cheapest option… debuchy & doiuglas would cost 12 mio+..while we could get mbiwa for aprox 8… but mbiwa would probably want release clause in case Milan come for him..so we wouldnt make any money off him…i think:D

    i dont know what would be the best option:)

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #40

    pawl

    Seriously mate, why are you always so angry?! It’s just a bloody football blog haha!

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