There are reports in France today that Montpelier defender and captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is close to a move to Newcastle United.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – signing for Newcastle
The report is on the le10Sport site and the report suggests that the French International will soon join Newcastle for €8M, which is around £6.5M – and that’s a good price for such a good player.
They even report his wages as €3.8M, which is around £3.1M, and it’s unusual to report such detailed information on a transfer – but those wages are fantastic.
The Montpelier captain has been on Newcastle’s radar for more than a year now, and the 23 year-old can play anywhere across the back-line, although he usually plays at center-back for Montpelier.
And there was a lot of activity on Twitter last night that the lad was close to a move to Newcastle, but he has also said in the past he would like to join Manchester United, although he has talked about Newcastle being a great club.
There is no word on how he thinks of bottom of the league QPR.
Yanga-Mbiwa would be a great signing for Newcastle and his versatility along the back line could see him playing a lot of games for Newcastle.
Of course Newcastle fans will not be convinced until he signs along the dotted line, but if we can acquire this lad soon, and keep Colo at the club through the end of the season things will be looking up for Newcastle, and then we need to get a top striker into the club.
Montpelier is the only club he has ever played for and he was born in Bangui, in the Central African Republic.
He has three full French caps and has played in the last six seasons for Montpelier, and has 187 appearances and one goal for the reigning French Champions.
But Newcastle must move quickly since Arsenal have also been looking closely at this player.
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