Newcastle United defender Yanga-M'Biwa could be set for a return to France

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After signing in January 2013, Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-M'Biwa is gaining interest from clubs in Ligue 1 this summer.

This morning in French newspaper L’Equipe, they have linked Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa with a move to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux this summer. The former Montpellier player hasn’t quite settled in the Premier League since his arrival nearly 18 months ago, and this would give him the chance to return to the league that he won in 2012. Depending on the price it would be a good chance for Alan Pardew to make something back on the £8.5 million they spent in January 2013.

Bordeaux have a new manager in 1998 World Cup winner Willy Sagnol, and the former right-back will have two centre-back positions to fill this summer as both Brazilian Henrique and Frenchman Jeremie Brechet leave the club at the end of their contracts.

Any deal would hinge on how much Bordeaux would be willing to offer Newcastle for the 25-year-old. The Premier League don’t need to sell, but if they have other targets in mind and the Girondins club offered around £5 million, then a deal could be done.

There is also a chance that a couple of other clubs in France would be interested in Yanga-M’Biwa’s signature. René Girard was the centre-back’s coach when they won the 2011/12 Ligue 1 title, and now as the boss of Lille OSC, there is a chance he would like to reunite with the defender as he leads his side to the Champions League qualifiers this summer.

Lille are faced with possibly losing star centre-back Marko Basa this summer, and Yanga-M’Biwa would be the perfect player to take his place at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Lille will have the money to tempt Newcastle into a sale after finishing third in Ligue 1 this season, and their relationship with the North-East club will be strong after the deals to take Mathieu Debuchy and Yohan Cabaye to St James’ Park.

The French international has made 37 appearances since he joined Newcastle from Montpellier. There have been a handful of impressive outings, but overall he has struggled. An escape back to Ligue 1 could be exactly what Yanga-M’Biwa and Newcastle both need this summer.

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