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.
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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