Transfer news

Imbula rumour just "paper talk"

March 1, 2013
By ESPN staff

Guingamp midfielder Giannelli Imbula has distanced himself from speculation he could make a summer switch to Premier League side Newcastle United.

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AP / Adam DavyImbula says rumours linking him to Newcastle is just "paper talk"

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has begun a French revolution at Tyneside and the 51-year-old is reported to want Imbula to join the growing influx of French-based players at the club.

But the 20-year-old Congolese international has dismissed the speculation as simply “paper talk”.

"I have a contract until 2015 so let's see what will happen. Guingamp is my club and they will have their say,” Imbula told Sky Sports. "Newcastle are in the Premier League, you are talking about a big club, but nothing is done. It is only paper talk."

Imbula has scored one goal in 23 games this season for Guingamp, who play in the in the second division of French football, and has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea.