Newcastle United target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has told of his desire to play in the Barclays Premier League.
The Montpellier captain has been mooted as a possible replacement, should Fabricio Coloccini depart St James’ Park, according to The Mirror.
There have been a number of clubs sniffing around Coloccini after the Argentine starred in an impressive start to the season by the Toon.
The Argentina international has been offered a new contract, but talks over the deal have stuttered recently due to the player stalling.
Alan Pardew’s side have already made successful raids on the French transfer market, signing Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye recently.
The 22-year-old has been earmarked as possible relief to concerns over the Coloccini situation, and he is keen on any deal involving the English top flight.
He told The Mirror: “People live for football in England, and that is what I want to experience."
"I'll see what offers I get, but English football is incredible. There is more physical contact than in France, but I like that - it suits my style of play."
Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr was actually assigned to watch Yanga-Mbiwa’s Montpellier team-mate Olivier Giroud, but came back to the Magpies impressed by the young centre half.
Yanga-Mbiwa was linked with a move to French Champions Lille last summer, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was said to have considered an offer in the past.