Mulumbu admits to Toon talks

A genuine transfer target?
Newcastle have been in talks with West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu according to the player who is now open to a move away from The Hawthorns.

The 25-year-old former Paris St Germain midfielder had an impressive season for West Brom and was bettered in terms of tackles and interception by only Scott Parker and our very own Yohan Cabaye last term.

Mulumbu represents the Democratic Republic of Congo and has made 12 appearances at international level which supplement the 116 appearances he mas made for West Brom since joining them in 2009. If we do end up signing him it will increase speculation linking Cheik Tiote with a move away as he is about as close as a like for like replacement as you are going to get.

“We have already started talking to teams like Newcastle and Tottenham. For now, I’m leaving it all in the hands of my agent and I hope to have good surprises on my return from vacation,” Mulumbu told Mercato365.

With teams like Newcastle and Tottenham being interested, along with other notable names (according to the press) such as Arsenal and Chelsea there appears to be some competition for the signature of the midfielder who now admits that he is looking for a fresh challenge after a spell in the Black Country.



“Last year, I thought it would be a little premature to go because it was my first full season. But I confirmed my promise this season. I continued to show all my abilities and I think I now have to look for another challenge,” he said.

He added: “That’s why I hope to join a club in another class. I had a good year, I’m pretty confident and I will leave it now to my agent. I’m going to go on holiday and come back stronger because I know that another big season ahead.”

So there you go, right from the mouth of the player himself and not from an agent. I don’t know if we’re in for him but I do know he is a cracking little player who would fit straight into our team. In fact I believe he is slightly better than Cheik Tiote if truth be told as he scores more, tackles more, intercepts more, passes more and picks up less bookings all for a team who are apparently worse than us. That’s just my opinion though…

What do you think? Would Mulumbu be a good signing, assuming we’re even in for him?

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113 thoughts on “Mulumbu admits to Toon talks

  1. I telt you my source said Tiote was leaving!

    Troy calls the right shots again. 😛

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  2. …. and I went to log on this morning, thinking that this thread had gotten 75 comments about Mulumbu, only to realize, that more than half of them are Rodzilla talking to himself – are you alright there, mate?

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  3. Look Mulumbu would definitely cost you at least £10m, would you pay this? I cant see it.

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  4. Probably wouldn’t pay £10m and is with 99% of the players we get linked with nowt will happen, but Mulumbu started this story not NUFC 😉

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  5. West brom fan here and I’m fumming.What is with all these West brom fans wishing Boo well with a possible move to Newcastle !?!?. They have had 1 good season and now you all seem happy to be see one of our better players join them, as if they are this greater club than ours,fans and chairman should wise up if we want to push on and improve the club and 10th.place finish As it stands with the posibillities of loosing all these players and naming an untested manager we will be lucky not to be relegated by christmas next season esp as we are ripping the spine out of team and all because JP wont spend the money,YET AGAIN.He has done alot of good things for my club but JP needs to get real and raise the ambitions.Come on you Baggies

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  6. WBA are one of those teams like Stoke who will be happy to survive in the PL and tick over every season. Can’t ever see them pushing on and showing any ambition.

    It’s great to see us as the sharks over these mid table teams again 🙂

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  7. Clubs talking to players signed to other clubs are “tapping” players I think this story like 90% of football stories was invented by a desperate journo … if it is true expect some legal retribution.
    Having said that Mulumbu would enhance ANY premiership squad/club. Top player. IMHO. Boing boing

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  8. Mick, the whole thing about ‘tapping up’ players is ridiculous in my opinion. Every major industry and business in the entire world acquires staff in this sort of way….why is it people believe football should be any different? 😕

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  9. Moreno,lmfao…………Sharks !?!? I can’t wait for Mr Greys bubble to burst and you’ll all see how shit a manager you really have. I like Newcastle but your board and manager are jokers and if you have the attitude you are an established prem club purely after last season and you can have your pick of any clubs players apart from the top 4 your sadly mistaken.

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  10. Why exactly is pardew going to be found out as a shit manager??

    He took west ham to Promotion, a cup final, a top half finish and european qualification, Reading to promomotion and then the play offs in the championship, Laying the foundations for steve coppel to finish the job off, He took southamtpon on with a 15 point deduction finshed 7th, Won the paint pot trophy thingy and bought most of the players who have won back to back promotions and he has worked minor miracles here with the people in charge doing the level best to tie his hands behind his back.

    He had a blip at charlton but so do most managers, Wengers first job ended in relegation, Fergie was sacked by st mirren, Redknapps got a couple of relegations on his cv and is Hodgson a bad manager because of his liverpool/blackburn records ??

    I actually agree with you about not cherry picking players from other clubs in the premier league mostly becuase we havent got the money thats why we look abroad more often than not and i personally hate that attitude towards other clubs, We get it enough with links for Cisse, Cabaye, Tiote etc. to every club with russian or arab blood money to spunk around…

    Any way no gripe with west brom, Good club, Best of luck for the new season 😉

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  11. Digger…how old are you mate, 12 ? 😆 😆

    “and if you have the attitude you are an established prem club purely after last season”….. we’ve been in the prem league for 16 of the 19 seasons the league has been in existence… 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    You pining for the golden years of Cyril Regis and stuff, living in the shadow of Aston Villa ?

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  12. Digger….be prepared to wave to Brum as they pass you bye on your way to the Championship… 😉

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  13. Digger…… nowt wrong with a bit of banter of course just one thing though….when you say
    ” are jokers and if you have the attitude you are an established prem club purely after last season ”
    Would it not be more accurate to say we have had just one season out in 18 years? Now to my thinking that makes us a solid prem established team tbh. Even that solitary season we did go down was not due to lack of quality, more of lack of effort and that we were a complete cluster at the time with too many big name lazy tossers who had no passion.

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  14. So any West Brom fans can see, even Coventry and Forest have more PL points than you…nevermind your closest rivals….

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  15. well that takes care of digger then!! cant beat a bit a stats to win your point.

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  16. Also, the mackems have the worst goal difference in Premier League history! Not that we needed stats to know that 😆

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  17. So M…what you’re saying is….no matter how much you look at it you just can’t escape the fact WBA are shite? 😆

    Only joking, they are one of the few clubs in the Prem I don’t dislike, good luck lads, go for Hughton.

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  18. im a baggies fan, i actually like newcastle, good club, amazing support, an i hope u do well again next year, however, mulumbu will not be cheap, JP got 9 million for curtis davies, an mulumbu is ALOT better than him, so would u like to have a guess at what he will ask for him? and i don’t like the fact that players have no loyalty whatsoever, we took him from PSG reserves, where he was rotting, because he couldn’t get any game time, an gave him a chance, now he is saying we r too small for him, disgraceful!!! don’t be suprised if he comes to you, does well, then pops off to a ‘bigger’ club

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  19. Danny…unfortunately that’s life at all clubs bar the “big 4″…just ask Andy “it’s my dream to wear the Newcastle no9” Carroll, there’s no such thing as loyalty anymore.

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  20. Hilarious comments. Putting to one side that the story is an agent plant those pushing it obviously do not know the Albion chairman. He never sells unless it is in his interest and Mulumbu is a key player contracted to 2015. Of course, every player has his price – but this is the chairman who got £9m for Curtis Davies and nearly £5m for an elderly Jon Greening, so start the bidding at £12m if you are interested.

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  21. Putting aside that it was a quote from the player and not his agent 🙄 🙄 £12m? the most hilarious comment yet, well done 😉

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  22. Richie; its your choice. Contracted to 2015 and Jeremy Peace makes the Kray twins look soft in negotiations over money. And given some of your own supporters on this blog think he is better than Tiote what does your comment say about Tiote’s value? Think before you write, rather than just knee-jerking.

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  23. Andy…Think before you write?…like when you said it was an agent plant, when it was in fact a comment from your player?
    Sorry I didn’t realise some bloggers opinions were gospel in regards to which player is better and that they have an influence on transfer fees of players.
    My comments say nothing about “tiote’s value” as I haven’t mentioned his value or ability, maybe you should follow your own advice and not post “knee-jerk” comments and actually read and understand what others write to avoid looking a bit silly. 😉

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  24. Andy – you forget we have our own “Kray twins” in MA and Llambias. £9m for Curtis Davies is good, but not as good as £35m for Andy Carroll. It’s probably going to be something of a stalemate in that respect, which is why I don’t see us getting him unless the other interested clubs play hardball too. In that situation it’s down to the player and how far he is prepared to go to force a move for himself.

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  25. Jon; thanks for a sensible analysis – I agree a stalemate. Peace will sell – he sold Davies when the player threw a strop – but only after he bled Villa dry for the price. Same will apply with Mulumbu, although Mulumbu has always been more mature than Davies in his behaviour. Richie can say what he likes but all Albion fans know the price Peace will start at and he will only push it up further if he thinks there are multiple clubs in an auction. If anyone thinks MA and Llambias are better at poker than Peace just look at the accounts over the years. As for the stories; this happened last year also and they were tracked to Mulumbu’s agent stirring. Just like this time lazy journo’s ‘quoted’ Mulumbu when the story was planted. Maybe its different this time, but I doubt it.

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  26. Andy…You talk about “sensible” comments after coming on the blog with your “hilarious comments” dig, followed by “think before you write” and Knee jerk”, but I’ll say again my comments never made any reference to Tiote’s ability or value or indeed Mulumba’s. I’ll also say again that if you think Ashley will start the bidding for any player at £12m then that is “hilarious”, I doubt that would happen if it was Messi we were talking about. Maybe we’ ve got our wires crossed somewhere….anyhow, good luck for next season, with or without Mulumba 😉

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  27. Richie; I agree with you – I do not think you will pay £12m – its just that you will be asked for that if you want him. I also completely accept that you have not tried to value Tiote against Mulumbu, but some of the NU supporters in the early part of the stream have commented on Mulumbu being better than Tiote (I take no view on this). The only logical conclusion from those posts would be that Tiote would sell for less. Sorry if the I was a bit sharp earlier; I do not think NU have been tapping up but Albion have seen too much agent activity of this sort – as I suspect have NU. Hopefully we will both have a good 2012/13. All Albion fans are waiting to see what Peace does with the £19m profit the accounts show for 2011!

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  28. Andy…Agree, players don’t go for what they are actually worth anyway, as in Andy Carroll at £35m, it all depends on what clubs are prepared to pay, Ashley actually turned down £25m and £30m for him but Liverpool we’re prepared to pay a lot more than he was worth as they did with Downing and Henderson. Mulumbu’s a good player but Ashley would probably look abroad for 2 or 3 players rather than pay £12m+ for him, which isn’t that far from what we paid for Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Tiote together . Ashley is a bit like how your chairman sounds, he doesn’t usually negotiate much, he’ll make what he thinks is a fair offer if it’s refused he “may” budge a bit but generally moves on to the next target, like wise I don’t think he’d sell any of the “main” players cheaply, although if the Fair Play rules are ever enforced(unlikely) transfer fees could in theory go down so players who you’d want £15m for now you may only get £8m for in the near future. Good luck with the profit being spent, we had to wait a while for the AC £35m to be seen 😉

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