Mulumbu keen on Newcastle

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Newcastle United have opened transfer talks with West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, according to the player.

The DR Congo star is looking to leave the Baggies this summer after an impressive season at the Hawthorns.

And he claims his agent has begun negotiations with both Newcastle and Tottenham ahead of possible moves.

He said: “We have already started talking to teams like Newcastle and Tottenham. For now, I’m leaving it all in the hands of my agent and I hope to have good surprises on my return from vacation.

“Last year, I thought it would be a little premature to go because it was my first full season. But I confirmed my promise this season. I continued to show all my abilities and I think I now have to look for another challenge.

“That’s why I hope to join a club in another class. I had a good year,

“I’m pretty confident and I will leave it now to my agent. I’m going to go on holiday and come back stronger because I know that another big season ahead.”

The news comes barely two weeks since the player hinted on Twitter that he was looking for pastures new when he tweeted: “Chelsea, Liverpool or Newcastle next season.”

Mulumbu, a defensive midfielder, began his career at Paris St Germain before joining West Brom in 2009 for £175,000.

He was the Baggies’ player of the season last year, and is under contract until 2015, meaning it could take a sizeable offer to prise him away from the Hawthorns.

Newcastle are in need of midfield cover, having announced last week that Danny Guthrie and Alan Smith were leaving the club, while Cheik Tiote is set to miss a month of the season in January for the Africa Cup of Nations.