NEWCASTLE United have revealed why Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was allowed to join AS Roma – even though the club couldn’t secure a replacement.
The defender signed for the Serie A club on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day.
Yanga-Mbiwa’s move, which effectively brought to an end his 18-month spell on Tyneside, is with a view to a permanent deal.
United manager Alan Pardew had insisted in August that players would only leave in the summer transfer window if a replacement could be brought to St James’s Park.
In a reply to a question at this week’s Fans Forum, the club said: “The move was sanctioned in the interests of all parties.
“There is the possibility that the transfer could become permanent at the end of the loan period at around the fee Newcastle United initially paid for him.
“The club added that it had initially reached a verbal agreement for a replacement defender in the summer.
“Because the deal with AS Roma took longer than expected, the replacement transfer was no longer possible.
“The club’s view was that the deal to allow Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to leave was in the interests of all parties and, after taking the medium-to-long term view, the club let him leave.”
Yanga-Mbiwa, 25, was in the Roma side beaten 7-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.