It’s been difficult to fix up Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with a club in the summer, mainly because of the big wages he has been getting on Tyneside over the last 18 months or so.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in action in pre-season
There have been a few French club interested in taking the center-back this season either on loan or permanently, but the wages have continued to be the stumbling block.
But some decent news last night that Marseilles have made a new approach for Mapou, and they want to take the 25 year-old on loan for the season, with a view to signing him permanently at the end of the season.
Newcastle are unlikely to get their money back on the former Montpellier captain, and we paid around £6.7M for him, but he has not fared particularly well in the Premier League, and going back to France is probably the best career move for the defender.
A loan move would at least lift the burden of his wages at the Tyneside club, and after signing nine new players this summer, it’s obvious that Newcastle have to unload some players before next Tuesday, to reduce the wage bill.
While at Newcastle, Mapou played 46 times for the club with no goals, and he can play anywhere across the back four, so he’s versatile enough and could get games at Marseilles next season.
He’s also a smashing lad and a first class professional.
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