It had been suggested that the Senegalese striker could be set for an £11m move to Crystal Palace, however it was stated yesterday that we could make a ‘late move’ to bring him to St James’ Park.
Mbemba, like Mitrovic, does not appear to be in Benitez’s long-term plans and although they’re very rare in this day and age, a potential swap deal or part exchange could make a lot of sense for both parties.
Before we discuss why, here’s what Sky have had to say on their live transfer page today:
— Rob M (@GeordieRobM) January 12, 2018
To put it simply, we want a striker and they want a centre-back. We don’t seem to have the means to spend £11m on Sakho, but swapping Mbemba for him would allow us to pull of this deal and bring in a forward without outlaying a great deal of cash.
It still seems a little bit dubious given the rarity of these deals happening, but you can see why Newcastle would be looking to do this.
West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Newcastle's Chancel Mbemba.
— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) January 12, 2018
Let us know your thoughts folks – is this a deal you’d be happy to do with the Hammers?