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Toon target Yanga-Mbiwa dreams of Premier League

ESPN staff
November 23, 2011
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has caught Newcastle's eye © AFP

Newcastle United target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has admitted he would love to move to the Premier League.

Yanga-Mbiwa, the 22-year-old Montpellier captain, has reportedly attracted interest from the Magpies after catching the eye of scouts while they were watching team-mate Olivier Giroud, as both men have helped their side to a great start in Ligue 1 this season.

The north-east club have signed a number of players from French football in recent times - with Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux just three among Alan Pardew's current squad - and Yanga-Mbiwa admits he would love to join them in the Premier League.

"People live for football in England, and that is what I want to experience," said Yanga-Mbiwa. "I'll see what offers I get, but English football is incredible. There is more physical contact than in France, but I like that - it suits my style of play."

He has already begun learning the language in anticipation of a move, although Newcastle may face competition from Arsenal, who reportedly tracked him at the start of the summer, and Manchester United - the club he supported as a boy.

"I take some English lessons in case of one day, I want to have the basis," he told France Football. "I like Manchester United, this is the first jersey I got. But this is only an example.

"In this country they live only for football. Score a goal at Old Trafford and slide on the pitch, [it] would be enormous."

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