Ligue 1 stopper open to Newcastle move - reports

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Newcastle target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has revealed he is taking English lessons as a move to the Barclays Premier League looms closer reports talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old defender, who currently plies his trade in Ligue 1 with Montpellier, told France Football he is brushing up on the language with a view to sealing a move when the transfer window reopens in January.

"I take English classes," he admitted. "If one day I need it then it will have been worth it.

"I would look at any proposals. But it's true that England is a crazy place, but especially there they live for football."

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is a known admirer of the Bangui-born stopper, and is believed to be considering an attempt to bring the former France U21 international to St James' Park in the New Year.

However, Mbiwa revealved that Newcastle may also face competition from a number of other French clubs.

"Lille really appeal to me, they are a team that plays well," he added. "I take pleasure in seeing their matches but for now I am a Montpellier player.

"PSG are one of the largest teams of France, as are Lyon and Marseille. If possible PSG is a challenge that would interest me. I would not go somewhere to stay on the bench though. I always want to play."

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