There’s a report in the French Daily L’Equipe this morning that both Newcastle United and Everton are interested in the Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, who failed to agree terms with Tottenham Hotspur last week.
Yann M’Vila - Newcastle are said to be interested
Yann M’Vila was supposed to be the player to replace Luka Modric, who went to Real Madrid recently for a ridiculously high fee, but Arsenal are also in the market for a midfielder to replace Alex Song, who signed for Barcelona last week, and since M’Vila is French, Arsene Wenger is probably interested.
Everton are linked because they may need to replace Jack Rodwell, who signed on for Manchester City earlier this summer, and it’s not clear why Newcastle are linked.
The news is from Rennes General Manager Pierre Dreossi who said this today:
“For the moment we have three offers.”
We’d be very surprised if Newcastle are going after M’Vuila, because he will not come cheap, and if Tottenham cannot agree terms, then Newcastle will have big trouble paying his wages.
It could be that M’Vila could be a replacement in case Yohan Cabaye moves on before Saturday, but there are much better bargains elsewhere, and Newcastle will not pay big money for M’Vila, which is what it will take to get him.
If Cabaye does move Newcastle will be discussing who to bring in with Chief Scout Graham Carr, and Alan Pardew has said early in the summer that Newcastle had already identified targets, in case they lose some top players in the summer transfer window.
We’d be very surprised if Newcastle are interested in this player – he’s too expensive and would demand high wages, two reasons why the Magpies would not be interested.
For the record the 22 year-old M’Vila has been at Rennes since 2004, and he has played for them 130 times with four goals, and has played for all of the French Youth sides, and 22 times for the full French side with one goal.
He made his full debut for France under manager Laurent Blanc, in the friendly match against Norway in August of 2010, starting the match in the defensive midfield role.
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