Albion’s midfield maestro wants out, with Champions League nearly men Newcastle and Spurs hot on the trail.
The Sun reports that Youssouf Mulumbu has stated his desire to leave managerless West Bromwich Albion this summer.
The midfielder, who started 34 Premier League games last season, has been with the Baggies for three successful years, achieving the rare feat of following promotion with consolidation in the top flight at the club. However it appears the Congolese international is ready to follow former boss Roy Hodgson out the door, with bigger opportunities (and bigger pay packets) in sight.
That’s apparently good news for either Newcastle or Spurs, with the player claiming the Europa League powerhouses are locked in a two way battle over his signature at present:
“My agent and I have begun discussions with Newcastle and Tottenham. I’ll leave everything in my agent’s hands and hope to have a pleasant surprise when I come back from my holidays.”
I bet he does. Mulumbu, 25, still has three years left on his contract, but that’s about as significant as his shoe size in this day and age.
Baggies fans will be reeling at the uncertainty surrounding their team at this moment, but the news may also come as a worry for supporters of both clubs vying to complete a deal. Whilst the Toon Army will be praying Mulumbu is not a direct replacement for either of the much admired duo Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, Spurs fans will still be simply cursing the name Didier Drogba.
If it wasn’t for him, I’m sure the amount of rumours linking West Brom players to White Hart Lane would be significantly lower.
For now it seems the top priority for Harry Redknapp might have to be player retention, with the futures of star names Gareth Bale, Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric still unclear.
However when you consider the form of Sandro and Parker plus the return to fitness of Tom Huddlestone, quite why he’d be interested in Youssouf Mulumbu, an anchor midfielder, is anybody’s guess.
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