Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa keeps Newcastle United waiting

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Newcastle United will have to wait for a £5.5m windfall from Roma as Mapou Yanga Mbiwa waits to make his 20th appearance for Roma, report the Daily Mirror.

The French international is currently on loan at the Italian club and has impressed so far in his loan spell. 

Despite rebuilding his reputation in the Eternal City the Magpies are not interested in keeping the French international, as the club believe he is not suited to the Premier League after failing to make any kind of positive impact at St James' Park.


Roma are looking to make the move permanent and they previously agreed a £5.5m fee for Yanga-Mbiwa, in the terms of his season-long loan switch. They also agreed that should he make 20 appearances, Newcastle will then receive an immediate cash injection as compensation for his time in Serie A.

It now appears Roma will make Mike Ashley wait for his money though, with the centre-back stuck on 19 appearances after being left out of Roma's 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Lazio last weekend.

It's understood Roma are looking to haggle the price and are also not looking to make the move permanent until the summer, unless they get the discount Giallorossi chiefs are after this month.

Hasn't worked out on Tyneside

Yanga-Mbiwa joined Newcastle for £8.5m from Montpellier in January 2013, in something of a transfer coup for the Magpies. He made 46 appearances in the 18 months he spent in the North East, but failed to adapt to the Premier League and never made an impression to then boss Alan Pardew. 

His recent performances at Roma have seen a number of Newcastle fans call for Ashley to bring him back, but that's not going to happen and his long-term future still looks very likely to be with Roma.

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