Newcastle Agree Fee For Striker – Yanga-Mbiwa Cose

There are reports in France that Newcastle and Bordeaux have agreed a fee for 26 year-old striker Yoan Gouffran – and the Frenchman is now on his way to Newcastle to have a medical.

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Yoan Gouffran – travelling to Newcastle for medical

Newcastle were close to agreeing a fee yesterday, but the initial bid of €750K for the Frenchman was turned down – but as we reported earlier today Newcastle have gone back in with an improved offer – and that has been accepted by Bordeaux.

Here is the translation of an RMCSport report about the deal:

“Newcastle has found common ground with Yoan Gouffran, the Bordeaux striker, on the basis of a contract of 5 years. According to a source close to the English training, an agreement was also found between the Girondins and the Magpies for a transfer of 1. 5M. The 26-year-old is expected in the next few hours across the Channel. Except ultimate rebound, Gouffran sign his contract in stride.”

We assume the fee is around €1.5M – which is about £1.2M – and it seems that Newcastle didn’t quibble too much – as we need a player of Gouffran’s speed in the squad.

This is more good news today, and the odds that we can also sign 20 year-old star left back Massadio Haidara from Nancy, 23 year-old French International defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpelier and even 22 year-old Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse now look very promising.

Massadio is a done deal and the lad is traveling to Newcastle for a medical – and there are reports coming through that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is very close to also signing for Newcastle, and we have to hope he has finally arrived on Tyneside.

But there are various reports that Arsenal have not entered the chase for the French International.

This is a statement from the Montpelier club

“On Tuesday, he joined Newcastle, currently 16th in the Premier League, subject to the traditional medical.” “Formed by the club where he arrived at the age of 13, Yanga-Mbiwa has gradually become one of the symbols of the training of Montpelier.”

“He played for the first time by Jean-François Domergue in 2006 when he was only 17 years old, he played his first match in Ligue 2 some weeks later.”  “Mapouu Yanga-Mbiwa will leave a great void. “He became one of the spearheads but also one of the jewels in the Montpellier team.”

“The whole club wishes him good luck for the rest of his career.”

Of course we have also found out this month that no deal is complete until the player signs along the dotted line, and they are announced as Newcastle players by the club.

Howay The Lads!!

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451 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s quick, but he’s no Ba like.

  • roblee7

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #2

    id personally drop tiote for sissoko right away and put mbwia in also against Villa…thats IF we sign them up

  • toonLYF

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Joe Blog…

    Raw Power…

    Immense album!
    a true riff masterclass by James Williamson.

  • roblee7

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #5

    re-post from last thread – Say we do get all four players, do you think Pardew would have the balls to put all of them in the starting 11 against Villa? Given that almost every one of our first team players is under-performing? I dont think he would, Mbwia centre half and thats it I reckon, but our bench would look strong for the first time in about 2 years!

  • Wayayman

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Repost from last thread…

    … That tall bloke in the video doesn’t look like M’Biwa, it could be Haidara’s agent… Look again, Haidara is the one behind him, isn’t he?

  • John Tudor

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #7

    if it all goes to plan when we play qpr we can go harry bashing need a song on the lines of dell boy

  • toonLYF

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #8

    the guys in that video are M’biwa and Haidara, i’m 90% sure.

  • croftus5678

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #9

    i dont think any of them will go straight in the team as esp the defensive lads will need a few training sessions to get used to the english game.
    some may be brought on as subs though !

    the effect of them signing alone (even though they do not play)will boost the whole team for villa though i expect 3-0 to toon 🙂

  • Wayayman

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #10

    @roblee7 I reckon it ould depend how long they have to train with the team before the Villa game. If they start work Thursday then there’s no reason why not. Whether they’ll actually be signed by then is another story

  • nufc786

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #11
    video of mapou at benton training ground

  • Wayayman

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #12

    @toonLYF, it looks like the taller bloke is a bit older, wearing glasses and seems to be less moody footballer more happy father or agent…

  • Daley_Toon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #13

    that clip is totally shot from the bushes haha! you can see the branch

  • roblee7

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #14

    wayayman – would you start them all and who would you drop?

    tiote for sissoko
    santon for Haidara
    Willo for Mbwia
    Guttierez for Gouffran

    You reckon? Just cant see Pardew dropping santon, tiote or Guti to be honest – he loves jonas for some reason!

  • RooneyToons

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Jesus I’ve got such a transfer semi on right now….
    I’m gonna bust all over Ashley’s face

    I was a bit premature over Remy but he still lapped it up the Slut

  • toonluvva

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Having lost Remy to QPR and now panicing about losing our other transfer targets to other clubs, I do hope that Pardew or someone has a review of our transfer strategy. It seems to take far too long. I agree that we must ensure that we are getting the right player for the right price, but having done that we must move faster to get them onto Tyneside for a medical and signed on the dotted line.
    I am not a trained legal eagle, but can someone out there tell me if it would be possible for NUFC to get a transfer target to sign a contract subject to satisfactory medical. I am hoping that would stop another club from stepping in at the last moment.

  • magpie_army

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Sounds as though the Sissoko deal is only be a pre-contract to sign at the end of the season according to several reports. No good in my opinion; we need someone like him ASAP.

  • Wayayman

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Just looked again at that video, there’s no way it’s Yanga. Looks nowt like the bloke! do a google image search for him, you’ll see.

  • estechco

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #19

    My guess is the club are waiting for as many of the four as possible to be over the line before announcing them all, by way of a morale boost for everyone?

  • nick_9

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #20

    So if looks increasingly like we are signing gouffran as well as mbiwa and haidara. Are we happy with our business this window? If we do indeed sign the two extra defenders we will have improved massively at the back with plenty of strength and a big of depth. What about upfront though? Definitely weaker for me but will business end there?

    Is it greedy to wish for another striker and maybe sissoko or is that just dreaming? I’ll sacrifice Williamson and ranger if it helps haha

  • John Tudor

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Stick a pony in me pocket, I’ll fetch the player from the van.
    Cos if you want the best ‘uns, but you don’t ask questions,
    Then arry, I’m your man. ‘Cos where it all comes from is a mystery,
    It’s like the changin’ of the seasons, and the tides of the sea.
    But here’s the one that’s drivin’ me beserk, Why do only fools and horses work?
    La-la-la. La-lala-la. La-la-la. La-lala-la.

  • Wayayman

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #22


    I’d have Haidara LB with Santon LM
    Yanga for Willo
    Sissokho in Tiotes place
    Gouffran, well he’d obviously be on the bench cos Shola won’t be dropped… 😉

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Nick 9
    Its not geedy mate regardless of who else we sign we were promised a CB, which it looks like we’ve got, and we were promised a replacement for ba which gouffran isnt really

  • roblee7

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #24

    wayayman – haha, yes think shola’s a guaranteed starter now like 😉


    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #25

    One thing I don’t understand is why we have got Gouffran so cheap? I know he has only 6 months left on his contract but still, I thought he was really good at one point. Is he out of form or coming back from injury? How good is he now?

  • Special K

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Moussa Sissokho & a replacement for Ba and this will be an outstanding window.

  • lesh

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #27

    There now, when Llambias’s on the case we fail to get targets in quickly and when Ashley gets hands on the case, bingo, the show’s on the road!

    There surely is a message there Mr Ashley?

  • Wayayman

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #28

    V Villa
    Debuchy M’Bwia Saylor Haidara

    Santon Sissoko Jonas

    Cisse Marveaux

    People keep forgetting that Santon is actually a right sided player, I think having a young inexperienced Prem League player at LB in Haidara, we’d need the graft of Jonas there to help him out. Sissoko holding will mean Cabs can run the game creatively.
    Santon and Debs could be lethal down the right, leaving Marv to run off Cisse.

    I’ve just shat myself with happiness…

  • Beattie25

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Right guys

    The reason Sissoko and Gouffran are so cheap is because they can now enter a pre contract agreement with any club so the clubs they currently play for are desperate for any money.

    Basically it is NUFC right to offer a contract to Gouffran and Sissoko and if both enter a pre contract agreement their current clubs are not entitled to any money.

    What I believe will happen is NUFC have signed Gouffran (and hopefully Sissoko) to a pre contract agreement and are now offering Bordeaux (and Toulouse) to buy them out of their remaining contracts for the measly amount of £1 million (£3 million for Moussa).

    That way we get them now, mega cheap and the other club gets a some cold hard cash.


  • Newcastle for alltid

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #30

    As I said when the news broke about agreeing a fee with Marseille for Remy, I won’t cheer to early. Still, our most important signing, Yanga-Mbiwa seems to be about to sign – which is great news.

    If we could also get Gouffran, Sissoko and Haidara in if would be exciting, great stuff. They may not be world-beaters, but they’ll add different layers to our squad. We’ll have more strings to play all over the pitch, and we’ll finally have some real depth in our side – which we’ve been desperately lacking.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Looks like we have sissoko aswell.

    Don’t know what the contract is though. Whether he is coming now or in the summer? Talk of a pre-contract

  • Mund30

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Im really excited about getting these 4 players over the line, Mbiwa, Gouffran, Haidara and Sissoko but im not jumping about ive kept the cheshire cat smile in and im not imagining them in the famous black and white just yet, not untill i see them stood with the shirt and confirmed by the club. I made that mistake with Remy i got really excited for that lad and still am dissapointed with that outcome but if we pull this off and get these 4 in then Remy who??

    I know Gouffran isnt everyones idea of replacing Ba but he isnt supposed to be. I think the club put alot of work in with Remy and he was the ideal replacement. But that never worked out and instead of panic buying and getting the first player we can we will wait till the summer to replace him. But maybe im wrong and if we get these 4 in they might go and buy a striker but i doubt it because January transfer window is alot tougher to bring in top strikers and the fee seems to escalate big time during this window. So for now Gouffran will do plus he has plenty of pace which we need right now and hopefully he can bag a few goals and i reakon he will be better than Best and we should never of got rid of him.

    So fingers crossed we pull this 4 off and toes crossed we still splash out on a striker but one thing is for sure if this all goes well things will be looking up.

  • roblee7

    Jan 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #33

    these signings will surely raise question marks over the future of a fair few of our players, provided we dont sell anyone that is:

    R. Taylor
    Sam Ameobi

  • northernirishtoon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Just in from work, turned on the ipad and holy shit this is fooking great.
    Really positive day by the looks of it. Just hope we don’t fcuk about and get them all signed on the dotted line 2NITE!!!!

    Sissoko looks a cert too.

    If only we would of splashed the extra bit of cash and done all this in the summer cos this season so far has put 10 years on me

  • Carl92

    Jan 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Out of all them the only one I definitely want to keep would be R Taylor and maybe Ferguson.

  • DanRo

    Jan 22, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #36

    The potential signings of such players will only raise the confidence of our squad. Players will know they will have to play well otherwise there will be others to take their place.
    The potential signings are astute business again btw – Gouffran, Hairada, Sissoko and Yanga-Mbiwa for potentially around £15million. Hard to argue.
    I do say potential as I need to hear the word ‘confirm’ before I get excited.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Jan 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #37

    It’s a shame Gouffran and Mapou will be cup tied for Europe but it’s hardly the priority now,i think another striker is coming,sorted the defensive side out,now we need to sort the goalscoring out,great signings.

  • John Tudor

    Jan 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #38

    only r taylor simpson and gosling may wish to leave dont hink the others will maybe loaned out poss

  • liam1985nufc

    Jan 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #39

    I strongly doubt we’ll be selling most of our English players. According to Registration rules for the Prem (if this is correct), don’t we need to have a number of English Players in a registered squad? I could be wrong however (this is what FM 2013 does to you!)

  • roblee7

    Jan 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #40

    carl192 – id feel sorry for r.taylor if was shown the door like, i actually think if he was fit we would of nicked a few more points with his free-kicks and crossing ability. still, not sure where he’ll fit in but a superb squad player. any idea how long his contract is with us?

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