Done deal: Arsenal target completes Newcastle United transfer

Newcastle beat Arsenal to signing of Montpellier captain. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will be a Newcastle United player providing he passes a...

Newcastle beat Arsenal to signing of Montpellier captain.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will be a Newcastle United player providing he passes a medical at St James’ Park, with a late attempt from Arsenal to convince the France international to consider the north London club in vain.

Newcastle vs Chelsea tickets are on sale now! See Yanga-Mbiwa in action at St James’ Park on February 2nd!

The 23 year-old leaves Montpellier HSC having brought them a great deal of success – the team won the Ligue 1 title last season with him as captain.

Newcastle will get a defender who is a leader, strong in the air and with the ball at his feet, and fierce in the tackle.

He will join a growing French contingent on Tyneside, with Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan already at St James’ Park – and Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko likely to join Yanga-Mbiwa and the others shortly.

Yanga-Mbiwa will likely play in central defence for the Magpies, as the situation of current captain Fabricio Coloccini remains precarious.

Coloccini seems set on a move to home club San Lorenzo, though Newcastle are understandably reluctant to lose one of their best players at this stage of the season.

In Yanga-Mbiwa though, they have a more than suitable replacement on paper.

If he is able to adapt to the Premier League quickly, he could soon be worth far more than the reported £7.5m that Newcastle have paid for him.

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