MAPOU Yanga-Mbiwa is wanted by Bordeaux, according to reports in France.
The Ligue 1 club has reportedly made a loan offer for the defender, who is on tour in New Zealand with Newcastle United.
French radio station RMC have claimed that the two clubs are discussing what proportion of Yanga-Mbiwa’s wages would be paid by Bordeaux, who faced Newcastle in the Europa League the season before last.
Yanga-Mbiwa – who has found opportunities hard to come by at St James’s Park – is said to be keen on a move to the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
The 25-year-old joined United in January last year from Montpellier, with whom he won the French championship.
However, versatile Yanga-Mbiwa – who didn’t make France’s World Cup squad – has not established himself as one of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s first-choice defenders.
Should Yanga-Mbiwa be allowed to leave on loan, United would be left with just three senior central defenders – Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor.
And Pardew would be keen to bring in another centre-half, though he does have teenagers Lubomir Satka and Remie Streete coming through the ranks at St James’s Park.
Satka and Streete are on the fringes of Newcastle’s first-team squad after graduating from the Academy.
– MILES STARFORTH