Newcastle Back In For French International Defender

It seems that French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is a long term target of Newcastle, will be allowed to leave Montpellier in January, and it could be that he will arrive on Tyneside – we hope.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – in French colors

The Montpellier captain, who has been at the club since 2005, can play anywhere across the back four, and also in defensive midfield, so he is another versatile defender, much like new signing Vurnon Anita.

It seems that AC Milan bid £4.8M for him over the summer, but his club turned that offer down, but they are now said to be willing to let their captain go, probably in January.

The attraction for Newcastle is that his contract runs out next summer, which is why Montpellier will try to cash in on him this January, after the 23 year-old was unwilling to sign a new deal with the French club in the summer.

Yanga-Mbiwa was born in  Bangui, Central African Republic but moved to France as a youngster, and he has now been capped by France 3 times this season, and  started in the two recent World Cup qualifying games against Finland and Belarus, after playing 8 times for the French U21 side.

Inn fact his three caps have all come in Didier Deschamps first three games as the new France manager, so it looks like he will start picking up quite a few caps for France.

Arsenal are also said to be interested in the French International, but Newcastle also have an option of  getting FC Twente’s Douglas into the club in January too.

Douglas’ contract runs out next summer too, and Newcastle presumably tried to get the 6’4″ Brazilian, who is now a Dutch citizen, through the door in the summer, but were unsuccessful.

With Newcastle failing to strengthen the defense in the summer, we have to think we’ll get at least one top defender through the door in January, and it’s a toss up between Yanga-Mbiwa and Douglas – both of whom should come at a low transfer price, which will please Newcastle.

Either one of those players we think would be an excellent buy for the Tyneside club.

What do you think?

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24 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    we wont sign him

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I am all for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 🙂 Things will happen in Jnuary I am sure…what I just don’t know 😉 lol

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3


  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    There is a disturbing sound of silence on the blog today! What happened yesterday? 😉

    …cat got your tongue folks? someone steped on someones foot? things were said, stuff got thrown? 😉

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #5

    If it means spending money then he won’t be coming to us.

    The club’s accounts matter more than the team.

  • Jackson1989

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    i think ba going to b sold n janaury, and i think we’l b bringing n debuchy and tht sochez winger

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    ” You say you want to seek the truth
    But it’s hard to find, no one to help you
    Your friends don’t have the time

    So you ride around in your car
    Switch on the radio, you want to relate to
    Something you once read in a book
    What kind of a way to try to take a look

    Until I got hurt I was looking, I was on my way…”

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8


    At times it’s more like a teenager’s chatroom than a football blog.
    I visit and comment a lot less than I used to.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Hatem…strange things does happen here at times, it seems sometimes some just wants confrontation (I usually leave at that time)

    …It have to be fun and worth one’s while to be her right?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10


  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Shall we take another verse while we wait 😉

    ” You say you want to learn to laugh
    ‘Cause music makes you cry
    But the tears you shed are only in your eye

    So you turn to any phony mouth
    With a tale to tell but he’s just a hoaxer
    Don’t you know selling peace and religion
    Between his jokes and his karma chewing gum

    Until I got hurt, I was looking, I was the same as you…”

  • jeff

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    i want abeid to succeed

    im a poet n i dont even know it

    my rhyme are obscene just like a footballers dream to make the first team

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Riiiiight!!!! a battle between the two tightest ass bastard clubs around – what a torturous affair that promises to be

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Nice job Jeff 😉 lol

  • nightfa11

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    i dont think we can sign him.. there was an interview a few weeks back where mbiwa said he rejected a move to arsenal this summer cos he wants to join milan..

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    One more verse it is then 😉

    ” You say you want to seek the truth
    But you work alone, no one to help you
    And nobody to push you on

    So you sit at home drinking your wine
    Television on, you wait for a miracle
    ‘Cause you say one day one will come along
    But wishful thinking, boy any minute now you might be gone
    I’d like to help you brother but that would be wrong

    So until I got hurt, I was looking, I was on my way…”

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #17

    I think he was the player that described Newcastle as a “beautiful club” while suggesting we would be the perfect stepping stone to a move to Milan in a few years. Something of a backhanded compliment.

  • dawid182

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    shortly, we offer 5million, they ask 7million, so we offer 6million, they still want 7million, so we give up, and move on

  • wynsleap

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Mbiwa or Douglas? Why not both?
    We could offload Williamson then.
    Not going to happen though is it?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    It seems Lille’s other fullback Lucas Digne is making a name for himself and getting alot of attension from other PL clubs – I would mind the look of him on the tyneside 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Wynsleap…not unless you caugh up some money yourself 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #22


  • AmericanGeordie

    Sep 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Mbiwa over Douglas.

  • numba9

    Sep 14, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #24

    We must sign mbwya jan he would be a great signing and the only guy I can think of that could do coLos job


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