We had reported yesterday that there were reports in France that Newcastle were close to signing Montpelier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and last night there were many more reports that Newcastle had signed the French International.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – fee accepted by Montpelier
There were many tweets flying around late last week that Newcastle were in serious negotiations with Montpelier, for a player who has been a target of Newcastle’s for about fifteen months now.
But of course after what happened with Loic Remy – who scored on his debut yesterday to give QPR a good 1-1 draw at West Ham – Newcastle fans will only believe it when the signing is officially announced by the club.
But it’s the French daily L’Equipe that are reporting Montpelier have accepted an €8M bid for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and that the player will now travel for a medical next week to sign for Newcastle.
We just hope the lad doesn’t have a last minute change of mind, as seems to have happened with Loic Remy – and Arsenal are also said to be interested in signing the player.
But we’ll have to get him in quickly, after yesterday’s terrible 2-1 defeat by Reading, which was Reading’s very first away win of the season, and they now have three wins in four games, and have gained 8 points on Newcastle in the last four league games, and are only two points behind us.
Newcastle are now left as the only club in the Premier League not to have won away from home this season, and we are at Villa Park a week on Wednesday night – who are playing as badly as we are, and are one of the four teams still below us in the league table..
And it’s the 10th defeat in the last 13 games for Newcastle, and to think we lost only 11 games all of last season - as things have really been turned around at the club - for the worse.
And the loss in the six pointer now puts Newcastle in serious jeopardy of being relegated again this season – there’s just no way of getting away from that.
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