Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s proposed move to Bordeaux has broken down over the defender’s wage demands, according to sources in France.
But Newcastle appear to be closing in on a deal for Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella.
Yanga-Mbiwa only joined United in January 2013, moving from Montpellier in a £8.5 million, five-and-a-half-year deal.
Slowly and sporadically, he impressed. But September’s 3-2 Premier League defeat at Everton saw him substituted at half-time, with the Magpies 3-0 down.
He subsequently lost his place in the heart of Newcastle’s defence to Mike Williamson, deputised occasionally in both full-back roles but while not exactly surplus to requirements at St James’ Park, The Journal understands that the right fee for the 25-year-old would make the club amenable to selling.
To that end, Bordeaux’s new manager Willy Sagnol had identified the three-times France international to lay the foundations to his new era at Les Girondins.
But sources in France claim talks over a move have foundered over Yanga-Mbiwa’s salary demands, which while modest by Premier League standards dwarf those on offer at all but Paris St Germain and Monaco among Le Championnat clubs.
United do appear to have made progress with Montpellier over Cabella, however.
Reports in France suggest the two clubs are close to an agreement over a fee in the region of £7 million for the 24-year-old French international.
Meanwhile, Curtis Good is today sweating on the results of tests designed to decide whether the Australian international requires hip surgery which could rule him out of action for up to three months.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Dundee United, who remain keen on taking him back to Tannadice permanently or for another temporary spell.
However, injury curtailed much of his campaign, and he was this past week left out of the Socceroos’ squad for the World Cup.
Currently awaiting news on whether he requires an operation, Good said: “I’ll see the specialists then get a second opinion from a hip specialist before speaking to the club and making a call.”
FORMER Newcastle United striker Giuseppe Rossi will be looking to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup in Italy’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland after four months out. Manager Cesare Prandelli said: “From what I’ve seen I expect a big game from Rossi.”