Boss admits midfielder interest

Last updated : 29 January 2009 By Site Editor

Tony Mowbray has responded to media speculation by confirming his interest in PSG and Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder, Youssouf Mulumbu.

The 22-year-old, who made one appearance for the French Under-21s before switching allegiance to the country of his birth, has slipped down the pecking order at the French giants with manager Paul Le Guen welcoming a move to The Hawthorns for your defensive midfielder.

The Kinshasa born man was at The Hawthorns today but a deal is yet to be agreed as Mowbray looks to boost his squad before the transfer windows shuts on Monday.

"The lad was here today," the Baggies boss admitted.

"Nothing is done yet.

"If it does get done he's a young player I would suggest will supplement our club's underbelly.

"It's a similar deal to when we signed young Dorrans from Livingston.

"He's just a young player who has got potential.

"Hopefully, sometime in the future, he'll make an impact on our first team, like Dorrans has done this year.

"But, I would suggest that, if Mulumbu gets done, he won't instantly impact on our first team.

"He will play in the reserves and we'll hope we've got a footballer somewhere down the line.

"He's got potential.

"I spoke to PSG manager Paul Le Guen earlier in the week and he likes him as a player.

"But he's got Claude Makelele and Jérémy Clement in front of him and he doesn't feel as if he's going to get an opportunity.

"Paris have been suffering over the last few years and I think Paul feels as if he needs to put experienced footballers back on the pitch to get them back where they belong.

"For a pretty small fee, they are happy to let it happen because he doesn't see a future for him at their club."