Anderlecht are desperately looking to add an extra defender in January and have turned to Chancel Mbemba according to the media in Belgium.

There is still two weeks remaining of the winter break in the Belgian League and last season’s champions hope to have a new defender in place for when competitive football kicks off again.

Voetbalkrant report that their sources inform them that Anderlecht want a loan deal on Chancel Mbemba, as they accept they couldn’t afford to buy their former centre-back.

The Belgian media organisation though say that Newcastle are only interested in recouping what they paid for Mbemba back in summer 2015, a fee which they say is around the £9m mark.

They claim Celtic are also interested in signing the Newcastle defender but it is also very difficult to see how they could afford to pay £9m and match, or better, the player’s current Premier League level wages.

Voetbalkrant say that Rafa Benitez doesn’t want to keep Chancel Mbemba and the player needs to leave Newcastle this month – but once again we have another example of the failure of one of Mike Ashley/Graham Carr’s signings.

Bought in at a young age from a weaker overseas league in the hope his value will increase, only for it to go the other way – leaving Newcastle with a player on wages too high to get a move elsewhere and Ashley wanting to recoup the amount he overspent on yet another gamble.

Chancel Mbemba is fairly popular amongst Newcastle fans but last season he only got 12 starts in the Championship and this season Rafa Benitez has played him seven times – though most of them have been out of position at left-back.

Just like Aleksandar Mitrovic who Newcastle are allegedly asking £12m-£14m for, in Mbemba we have a player who Rafa Benitez would happily sell in order to reinvest in players who he does want to bring in, but for who nobody is going to pay the money that Ashley/Newcastle will want.

Nine days in and no sign of any signings in the January transfer window so far for Newcastle.

Indeed, a report earlier today claimed that Rafa Benitez had been told that unless he manages to sell some players first, he won’t be allowed to buy any players in this window.

Allowing Chancel Mbemba to go out on loan would make no sense for Rafa Benitez, if he wasn’t allowed to buy a replacement. The situation further complicated by the fact that Florian Lejeune is currently out injured.

The clock is ticking.



  • TheNutJob

    The Toon`s a madhouse, out Mbemba yet we paid £8.5m for Lejeune who looks no better & Chancel can cover 3 positions. Mitrovic out, that`s fair enough but we have a £5m waste of space in Hoss. we are in no way upgrading the players, if anything they are getting worse.
    chances are Fatty would pocket the dosh anyway

    • Mitros gotta start

      Rafa oot

      • Leazes

        Mitro oot

        • TheNutJob

          and Jonjo & Chancel

        • Kneebotherm8

          Sharper the better……

    • 1957

      I agree, but for some reason Benitez see Lejeune and Hoss as better options…maybe something to do with who brought them to the club.

  • Rich Lawson

    Going to be no one in and no one out,we need Mbemba as cover,even tho’ Rafa is reluctant to play him.Celtic just paid £1mil’ for an ageing Compper and bought and loaned back some boy from St Mirren,they hav’n’t got £9mil’ to spend.

    • Jezza

      I’m not so sure there’s going to be no one out. Ashley’s number one target for this window is certain to be the recouping of that £11.5 million net summer spend.

      • Paul Patterson

        If someone made a bid for Shelvey and/or Mitrovic anywhere north of 10m, they’d be gone.

      • Rich Lawson

        Putting aside the usual paper talk,I don’t think anybody is really that interested (other than a loan or a free) in taking any of our players at a realistic price ?

        • TheNutJob

          the Toon want top wack for our players & want in replacements for peanuts

      • TheNutJob

        where`s the £30m, plus we are due another £6m from Spurs for Moussa

        • Rich Lawson

          Roulette can be a costly game when you’ve (correct spelling Clarko) had a few beers !!

        • Jezza

          I think we all know where the £30 million is. Same place as all the other missing miliions from NUFC’s coffers. Fat Ashley back pocket.

      • Rich Lawson

        Well what do I know ? If the above Gayle story is true you are bang on the mark.What a betrayal just before Swansea !

    • theoriginalbomberman

      Pretty sure they get 30 million just for being in the champions league and they’ll have got some of the ridiculous money Liverpool just paid for Van Dijk. They probably have more spending money than we do at this point.

      • Rich Lawson

        Doesn’t everybody ! I take your point but they had to make Sels their highest wage earner so hopefully matching Mbemba’s pay will stifle any move ?

  • Leazes

    Fulham have signed Gayle

    • Wor Lass

      Penalty to the lads?

      • Leazes

        No its true…. just thought I’d beat Ryder to it…..haven’t you got Newsnow?

        • Wor Lass

          Beating Ryder to it – what a thing to aspire to!

          • Leazes

            He’s too busy trying to sell Shelvey to have noticed the newsfeed.

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂😂

          • Peaky Magpie

            Beating Ryder with it…..now there’s a new sport waiting to be discovered.

      • Peaky Magpie

        😂😂😂😂

    • Rich Lawson

      Ffs,has it actually gone thro’,medical etc, or just a bid,what’s the fee ?

      • Leazes

        Turns out it’s a clickbait fake headline…. I fell for it.

        • Rich Lawson

          No harm done but the ”media” now seems to be awash with a £15-18mil bid,do you think they have fallen for the same line ?

          • Leazes

            ….my brain is shot

    • fistsofsteel2

      Good.

  • Michael Smith

    still only 23 and can play any position in the back four & as a holding midfielder,
    now why would you want to sell a player like that for £8m ?

    • fistsofsteel2

      ….because Newcastle are run by stupid, clueless oafs, perhaps?

  • HarryHype59

    I think Mbemba is a decent EPL defender and looks a better player than Lejourne!

  • brin mcardle

    He will be sold !!

  • fistsofsteel2

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see our star striker Joselu go to one of the bigger clubs for big money.
    Then again, if we get about £80million for Joselu, Rafa might get some money to spend. It’d be a shame to see our top striker go…..but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

  • fistsofsteel2

    How can Rafa, or the club, expect £14million for Mitrovich, and £9million for Mbemba…….when our manager has clearly indicated he thinks they’re both rubbish and hardly worth a place on the bench yet alone a place in the team.

    Terrible man/player management and woeful business sense. This club is a joke.