French reports are coming through saying that Newcastle have indeed wrapped up the signings of both Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpelier, and Massadio Haïdara of Nancy.
We have to hope (and pray) they are true and these are two excellent defensive reinforcements for the Magpies.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – a Newcastle player -yes!
The report is in Getfootballnewsfrance and the site is reporting 23 year-old Mapou Yanga-Miwa has been acquired for €7.5M and 20 year-old Massadio Haidra for €2.5M.
That’s about £6.2M and £2M respectively, and they seem to be two good deals for our club.
Newcastle were reported to have agreed fees for the players a day or two ago, and we hope these deals are announced tomorrow by Newcastle, and they are an excellent start – although we still need more players brought in before February.
Massadio Haïdara – a Newcastle player
This will certainly help strengthen the Newcastle defense (which needs it), and we hope that Newcastle will also announce that captain Fabrico Coloccini will stay through the summer.
That would be terrific news tomorrow – so here’s hoping.
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