Sport Clement Grenier could move to Newcastle to replace Yohan Cabaye after Newcastle made a reported £20m offer for the Lyon Frenchman

Magpies allowed Yohan Cabaye to join Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday and are looking to reinvest the £20m received in the highly-rated Frenchman

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After Arsene Wenger admitted that his defence needed bolstering, the Gunners are looking to express further interest in signing 23-year old <b>Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa</b> from French champions Montpellier. He has made 168 league appearances for Montpellier after making his debut in 2007 and recently earned his first cap for France. Yanga-Mbiwa has only one year remaining on his contract, so could be available for just £7m.

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The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 11 December 2012

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Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi tells Newcastle to draw inspiration from last season

Newcastle play Fulham tonight at Craven Cottage

Putting the boot in: Gloucester’s Freddie Burns, who scored 24 of his side’s points, gets another kick away

Burns kicks Gloucester to top as Irish stumble

London Irish 22 Gloucester 29

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Alan Pardew hints at possible loan moves for Newcastle youngsters

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The Sports Matrix: Friday 7 December 2012

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Alan Pardew aims to bolster Newcastle team for the next phase of Europa League

Bordeaux 2 Newcastle United 0

Alan Pardew has seen his side slump since signing a new deal

Newcastle United flight to Bordeaux delayed by wintry weather

Europa League preparations hit by cold snap

Thierry Tilly was sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court for kidnapping, psychological subjection, fraud and abuse of the vulnerable

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Fraudster convinced victims he was a  Nato masterspy sent to protect them

Gloria Knowles died after trying to feed the dogs, pictured, in the garden

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