We have to think that Newcastle were as frustrated this summer as they were last summer, when we failed to sign a striker to replace Andy Carroll, and only brought in free agent Demba Ba.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - Montpellier captain on the radar screen
That was put right in January when Newcastle shelled out about 9M for Papiss Cisse, and the Senegal striker made a fantastic start to his Newcastle career with 13 goals in his first 14 appearances for Newcastle, although he still has to get off the mark this season.
The plans in the summer were to bring in a couple of defenders and a young striker, but Newcastle didn’t manage any of that, signing only 19 year-old youngster Curtis Good from the Melbourne Heart in August.
And the news in the Journal this morning is that Newcastle hope to bolster their defense in January, and it seems that Montpellier’s captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is back on the radar screen.
Mapou can play anywhere along the back four, so he is an excellent utility defender, and is ball playing defender who stands 6′ tall.
Newcastle have been checking on the player for over a year, but with Montpellier winning the French League for the first time last season, his transfer price went up, and his agents wanted a cut too.
But it now seems his club are willing to let him move on and Yanga-Mbiwa has always said he would love to play in the Premier League.
The 23 year-old was born in the Central African Republic and has played 190 times for Montpellier with four goals, and from what we can tell his contract runs out next summer, so he could come at a cut price if that’s true.
But if Newcastle are going after a center-back, we have to think FC Twente’s Douglas would be a target, and he would also come at a cut price, since he will become a free agent next summer, after deciding at the last moment to see out his contract in Holland.
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