Newcastle boss Pardew: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa ideal signing for us

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is delighted with their deal for Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is delighted with their deal for Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Yanga-Mbiwa has completed his much-anticipated move to Newcastle from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee.

Pardew said: "We needed to strengthen the team and bringing in Mapou will give the whole squad a boost.

"He is precisely the sort of player we've been looking to bring to the club.

"He is a good age for us but has plenty of experience at club and international level.

"Mapou is a talented footballer, good in the air and on the ground and has all the attributes to succeed as a quality defender in the Premier League.

"He's a good character too and that will be important for us over the next few months."

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