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Newcastle defender completes move to Roma

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, right, will be staying in Italy. Credit: PA

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's loan move to Roma has been made permanent, Newcastle United have announced.

The French defender has been in the Italian capital since the start of the season and has now signed a long-term contract with the Serie A outfit, having played sufficient games to trigger a clause in the original deal that obliged Roma to sign him.

Newcastle in talks over Spanish youngster Concha

David Concha is set for Newcastle, it would seem. Credit: PA

Newcastle United are in talks over signing Racing Santander teenager David Concha, according to Spanish sports daily AS.

The player's parents traveled to the north-east in December to check out the city and watch the derby defeat to Sunderland.

It is expected that the forward will sign a five-year deal with Newcastle, but will likely be loaned back to Racing.


Janmaat wants strong Newcastle finish

Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat is refusing to write off the club's season.

The Magpies slipped into the bottom half of the Barclays Premier League table as a result of Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Southampton, their seventh in nine games in all competitions.

Daryl Janmaat is feeling positive. Credit: PA

"We have to try to reach as high as possible. For certain, we are looking to finish in the top half of the table. That's our main aim now," Janmaat said.

"We have Siem to come back and other good players. It's nice to know. They can make us stronger."

Gutierrez longs for Newcastle comeback

Jonas Gutierrez admits a return to first-team football with Newcastle after overcoming cancer would trump all his other achievements in the game.

The 31-year-old winger was diagnosed with testicular cancer 15 months ago but, having made a full recovery and featured on several occasions for Newcastle's under-21 team, he is dreaming of a day he thought he would never come - a return to St James' Park.

And if that happens, the feeling would surpass even his selection for the 2010 World Cup, where he made three appearances for Argentina under coach Diego Maradona.

"I have played in a World Cup but if I play again for Newcastle then that will be the best moment of my career," Gutierrez told multiple national newspapers.

"To get back after the cancer and chemotherapy, to put all that behind me, would be a huge moment. I feel really good. Maybe in two weeks I will be at 100 per cent."

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