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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