Report: Newcastle don’t want Yanga-Mbiwa back

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Newcastle United are reportedly hoping to agree a permanent sale of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma.

French centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa played for Roma against Manchester City last night and his future may well lie in the Italian capital.

The 25-year-old was loaned to Roma for the season after reportedly falling out with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew and a defensive crisis in the Italian side's ranks has handed him the chance to play in some high-profile games.

Roma are missing Leandro Castán and also Davide Astori and Federico Balzaretti, so Rudi Garcia has been forced to dig deep for cover.

Yanga-Mbiwa has stepped up to the mark impressively and Roma may well look to keep him on, which seems to suit Newcastle and the player would surely be thrilled with the chance to chase a Serie A title instead of dealing with the grim atmosphere at St James' Park.

According to Newcastle's Evening Chronicle, Yanga-Mbiwa's owners are hoping to sell him for £5.5m, which was the sum the two clubs agreed when they drew up the terms of the loan.

Newcastle paid Montpellier £8.5 million for Yanga-Mbiwa in January 2013 and he signed a five-and-a-half year deal. He made 37 appearances for the Magpies before arriving in Rome.

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