NEWCASTLE United will step up their bid to offload Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa this summer – but may need to send him on loan.
The Magpies will listen to offers for the French international just 18 months into his five and a half year contract.
Yanga-Mbiwa has slipped down the pecking order under Alan Pardew after struggling for consistency – and a regular role – since his £6.8m move from Montpellier last January.
A move back to France beckons for the 24-year-old, with Bordeaux admitting their interest in the player last night.
However, the French club are struggling to meet the asking price and salary that Yanga-Mbiwa is on at Newcastle, and would prefer to take him on loan.
Bordeaux president Jean Louis Tiraud confirmed his interest in the centre-half when unveiling Willy Sagnol as the club’s new manager.
Tiraud said: “He is an excellent player with one defect, he was bought very expensively by Newcastle and his salary is high.
“The problem with the idea of a loan, is most clubs wait until the 31st August, because they are still trying to sell the player.”
Marseille remain interested in Yanga-Mbiwa, who many watchers feel hasn’t been given a fair crack at the whip by Pardew during his time at Newcastle.
The defender has often been played out of position at both right-back and left-back, and has had to compete with captain Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor for a centre-half berth.
If Newcastle succeed in offloading Yanga-Mbiwa, they may decide not to sign another central defender and instead look to progress South Shields-born Remie Streete and Lubko Satka through to the first team.
Both players have featured in the the first-team squad, with Satka signing a professional contract at the end of last season.
Newcastle have also been linked with a move for teenager Louis Laing, who was released by Sunderland last month.