Our defense didn’t look too good on Saturday, so it wouldn’t be in Newcastle’s best interests if we allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to go out on loan for the season, if we don’t bring in another center-back today.
Toby Alderweireld – Saints favorites to get him?
Talks are going on to get Mapou out on loon to either Roma or Marseilles, but it wouldn’t be good if we do that and reduce to three the number of experienced center-backs we have at the club – in Colo, Willo and Steven Taylor.
So it could be a balancing act today for Lee Charnley with our best chance of a center-back seeming to be Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, who can play at center-half or right-back.
Toby wants to play this season after getting limited playing time last season at Atletico Madrid, and Atletico are willing to let the 25-year-old leave on loan, with a view to making it a permanent signing next summer, but from what we can tell from last night’s news – Southampton are now in the driver’s seat to sign him.
Here’s a good question – how come the Saints are beating us to some of our transfer targets?
There are other English clubs also said to be interested in Alderweireld, and have talked with his representatives over the last couple of days, and they include Arsenal and Sunderland.
If we cannot get another center-back in by 11:00 pm tonight we’d be very surprised is Mapou is allowed to go out on loan.
What do you think?
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