Arsenal Move In For Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa


Newcastle have had an initial bid of €750K for 26 year-old Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran turned down by his French club – but news today that Newcastle will go back in with an improved offer for a player who becomes a free agent in June, and it looks possible that Newcastle could get three players in this week – but there are worrying reports coming from the London press that Arsenal are moving in for 23 year-old French International defender  Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will he sign for Newcastle?

We simply don’t know if the reports from London are true or not – but the news yesterday was positive that we will sign Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa today after he undergoes a medical although there are some reports that Arsenal officials have contacted Montpelier to inquire about the versatile defender.

But when you have slumped like Newcastle have since November it’s much harder to attract good players to the club, and we have to hope the reports of Arsenal’s interest are not true – or that they are too late.

Newcastle will sign 20 year-old Nancy left back Massadio Haidara today, and it looks like he will get a five and a half year contract – but if the Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa deal doesn’t go through it will be even more frustrating for Newcastle fans – after what happened to Loic Remy only last week.

Newcastle’s big advantage with Yanga-Mbiwa is that he will be promised a first team position at Newcastle, which he probably wouldn’t get at the Gunners, and he is also due to arrive in Newcastle this morning. The Frenchman was supposed to arrive at Newcastle yesterday but didn’t – but that was because of the difficult traveling conditions with the snow (we hope).

Newcastle need to get him signed up before Arsenal can cause any mischief – and his signing for Newcastle for €8M will now come as a huge relief  for our fans – if it happens.

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87 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    By all accounts Mbiwa has already signed the contract, only clause is that he must pass the medical – if Arsenal want him they’ll have to buy him from us

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  • JackButler

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Am I the only one that is seriously pi**ed at Colo for putting us in the situation???

    He is supposed to be a professional footballer after all and that should be on and off the field especially as he’s out captain. If we were comfortable in the league then it would still be a massive blow but seeings as we are hovering over the relegation places is actions and the result of them and reprehensible.

    Given that any new defender will need time to settle, Saylor spends most of the season on the treatment table and Williamson is well, useless, we need our captain more than ever

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree Butler. I’ve lost all respect for the guy. Him and his dad are taking the piss.

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  • hdavid23

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    this is getting ridiculous… i think there should be a rule that after two clubs have agreed a fee, no other one can make a move for the player, unless the player has already refused to sign the contract…

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    JackButler, I’m pretty annoyed with it as well, but I’ll restrain myself until I see whether Colo actually leaves or stays.

    As for Mbiwa, I don’t think Arsenal will come up with a silly wage offer like QPR in an effort to steal him, sounds like he’ll still come here.

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Arsenal are not in for Mbiwa, not now anyway, the Le10Sport picture of todays paper was photoshopped.

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  • colwell

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Why could it not be Willo that was home sick/cheating on his wife or whatever other bull-shit story the Colo’s want to make up.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Jack Butler

    Spot on. The way colo’s dad is going on makes it sound like he just wants to go back home and play for his dad’s team. No sign of personal problems.

    The way I see it, the personal problems are just that he wants to play back home and get out of newcastle. Nothing has been said about illness in family etc, that was just a story made by media, no actual quotes from anyone.

    He needs the captaincy taken from him and then to be shown the door but only if the right fee is rec’d.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10

    No, Jack, you’re not the only one whose urine is boilled by the situation that colo has put us in. It’s highly unprofessional, although it’s the first time he’s done owt like it. You are not alone 🙂

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Yeah I am disappointed in Colo as well

    If his wife is ill fair enough but the fact his father and San Lorenzo mention nothing about her illness except that they want him to leave and says he wants to leave

    Might be better if he goes if he really wants to go that badly but the Toon must get money back for him , we are not a charity

    Him and Mbiwa at the back would be great but equally him and Taylor would be brilliant as well

    Hope we get another centre back if he goes like Mirin or Okore

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #12

    We are not very quick at closing these deals are we? this could have been sealed Sunday! (NUFC in a nutshell)

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  • Santon03

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza – sorry repost

    Well.. If I were Ashley, I will say to san lorenzo : “You are asking me to give away 8 million, what can you give me in return? 10% of your shares?”

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    I also cannot understand why we are not reporting San Lorenzo, surely this equates to ‘tapping up’. It’s the bloody Falklands all over; we know it’s outs and they think it’s theirs!

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  • GeordieDan

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Don’t believe that Arsenal hi-jacking rumours this time.

    Arsenal have Vermaelen ,Koscielny, Mertesacker already and don;t seem to be after another centre-back.

    Plus dirty ‘Arry isn’t Arsene Wenger.

    I’m still hopeful we’ll get Mbiwa and Haidara in today but not counting on either until its on the official pages this time.

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  • Edmond

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think arsenal will go in for M’biwa, they have a strong defence and im sure we’ve wrapped it up, can’t wait to see our squad on feb 1st, keep the faith!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #17

    We could always put Colo up for sale – he’s probably worth in the region of £8M (good riddance I’ll say ;)) lol

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  • goldenbolux

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #18

    sorry for the repost
    but everyone and i mean everyone inside the club and around it know the truth

    stop the sympathy now
    “I think this thing with colo is pathetic
    Everyone knows
    And I mean everyone that his wife caught him with his girlfriend from crammy
    Anyone that gives him any sympathy needs to jog on
    He played about and got caught
    She has gone back to Argentina and left him with the kids
    This isn’t a recent development, this is the reason why he has been crap too this season. He got caught and obviously the pressure of dealing with it has got to him.
    Come on though, lets be honest he should just man up.
    If you play around and get caught you need to deal with it and get your dad to make some pathetic excuse for you.
    Personally I would rather he be gone if he is gonna act like this.
    Sorry for this rant but we need to stop all this sympathy crap
    If any of us got caught would we get any of this sympathy”

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  • colwell

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #19

    Colo has never been Captain material, he doesn’t even organize the defense let alone the team. My choice would be Cabaye everything about him shows he is a Captain in waiting.

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  • PontiusLee

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #20

    definitely do not like the situation at hand.
    the board at newcastle better realize how dumb we looked by losing out on remy and better seal this deal with mbiwa ASAP.

    on our deficient striker role.
    lets try to get an ivorian, its tiote’s friend!!! french speaking, looks like a class player, strong, good control, and YOUNG.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO40VaGmWsQ&feature=player_embedded

    any thoughts?

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #21

    If we sign these two defenders & Colo leaves we’re back to square one lol

    We need another centre back, aswell as these two guys.

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  • toontillidie

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #22

    God Please Noooooooooo why the hell does it always happen to us if there are any truth in these rumours i will be so gutted i do wish SSN would say more about the Toon rather than man utd or qpr fir some reason i am losing all belief in the Toon heirarchy

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  • JackButler

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #23

    If Colo does leave the Cabaye has to be made captain

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Apparently Graham Carr is to all intents and purposes scouting for every professional football club in the world while exclusively on our payroll.

    Another spectacular coup for us. Kudos.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #25

    If we do sign goufran as a wide forward, who else should we get. I imagine it would have to be a squad player to back up cisse? Graham? Bent? (nooooo)

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #26

    You having a panic ed???

    Nothing to see mate. Pure journo rubbish again.

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #27

    JB no you aren’t. He has been a great player but to let his dad treat us like this and try to instigate a move is wrong. He has been a poor captain anyway but these latest things mean that even if he sees the season out, he CANNOT be our captain. Steven Taylor and Cabaye should be the 2 in contention. Cabaye might be a good choice though.

    Hopefully these 2 sign today and its onwards and upwards. If colo doesn’t want to be here then he needs to go. Just give us 5 million on his way out. Buy Olsson from WBA and we will be so much stronger.

    Can you imagine a team where there are genuine options on the bench? Despite his mistakes, Pardew deserves 18 committed and quality premier league players every match day.

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  • rainrix

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #28

    Press BS tbh. They see we lost out to remy and have thrown some names together in their random headline generator machine and this has dropped out. None story imo

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  • Edmond

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #29

    I think Colo is dreaming, he wants to get home to play for hisndad and see his kids and wife, I reckon it won’t be long till he regrets it

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  • PontiusLee

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #30

    wilfried bony should be our back up striker as of now.
    check the video i left on comment #20
    looks like a beast.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #31

    Think we may have conned Haidara into signing; the press release on the AS Nancy website says we are currently 6th in the league.

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  • colwell

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #32

    sirtoongospel

    Olsson would be a great choice, really good defender in the Prem. His accent won’t fit though.

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  • Edmond

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #33

    Does anyone know if we are moving in for Sissoko? SSN reporting he’d prefer us over QPR.. We spend to much time concentrating on getting a player in we should be getting more now not long left

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  • JackButler

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #34

    If San Lorenzo came in and wanted to buy him to take him then fair enough, I could understand that but to try to instigate a situation where he can join them for next to nothing is unethical and totally unprofessional.
    I’d make him stay until the summer and then transfer list him, selling him to the highest bidder

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #35

    I’ve heard on talksport & a few other places, the personal problems is bollox. Just a excuse to get out of his contract. If he wants to move so much, he’ll play for free & they can give us his wages as a fee.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #36

    By all accounts colo is a great captain off the field, heard a lot of good things on radio newcastle that he keeps morale up off the field and organises things like team bonding etc.

    I’d say on the field though he isn’t a good captain….but he is a very good player.

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  • colwell

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #37

    geordiesteve520

    On Nancy’s website its defenitly showing to me we are 16th?

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  • Ian Toon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #38

    I find it hard to take a view because I don’t know why he wants to leave! But the matter needs to be resolved and quickly. Total focus has to be on getting the players in who are going to join the squad that will avoid relegation. If he is going to be a dissenting figure then let’s get him out.

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  • hoppernufc

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #39

    We all know if colo leaves either jonas or Ameobi will be captain, our two worst players! A captain needs to be someone who leads by example and can grab the game by the scruff of the neck and inspire his team, pardew just picks the most senior players to be captain even if there sh*t

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  • JackButler

    Jan 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #40

    TBH I don;t see any of our players being that vocal on the field which is a problem, but taking into account that he’s a guaranteed starter Cabaye would be the obvious choice for me as captain

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