Newcastle defender could leave for as little as half price

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa looks set to leave the Magpies this summer in a cut price deal.

According to the Newcastle Chronicle, the Newcastle United defender is in talks with St Etienne, after turning down both Lens and Bordeaux.

Yanga-Mbiwa is said to have agreed terms with the Ligue 1 side, with an agreement over a transfer fee the only aspect of the deal yet to be arranged.

However, the 25-year-old could leave St James' Park for as little as half the £6.7 million fee he joined the Magpies for.

Yanga-Mbiwa has endured a frustrating spell on Tyneside, although he could officially remain a Newcastle player if both clubs agree on a loan move.

  TeamPosTackles Won / appInterceptions Won / appEffective Clearances / appAerial Duels Won / appAppsMins
Michael Williamson Newcastle DF 1.12 1.18 7.85 4.42 33 2,912
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Newcastle DF 1.04 1.61 5.13 0.65 23 1,497
Fabricio Coloccini Newcastle DF 1.04 2.33 3.59 1.44 27 2,405
Steven Taylor Newcastle DF 0.60 0.90 4.30 0.70 10 730

As Opta stats show, the France international only made 23 appearances for the Magpies last term, with several of those coming at full-back.

Yanga-Mbiwa was particularly ineffective in the air, averaging less aerial duels won than any other Newcastle centre-back, although he performed farely well in terms of tackles and interceptions won, as well as the amount of effective clearances he averaged per game.

The 25-year-old's exit would leave Newcastle with just Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson as recognised centre-backs, suggesting boss Alan Pardew may be tempted to scour the market for a new addition.

Pardew has already enjoyed a productive transfer window to date, with Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback and Siem de Jong all having moved to Tyneside, while the Magpies are expected to bring in a number of new recruits, including Remy Cabella.

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