Is Curtis Davis Needed at Newcastle?

Curtis Davis seems determined to move away from West Bromwich Albion this summer. His first request for a transfer was turned down by the club but he will keep turning in transfer requests until WBA eventually let him go. There’s really not much a club can do if a player, and Davis is also the WBA captain, wants away.


Curtis Davis

Newcastle and Tottenham are the two clubs that have been keeping an eye on the situation but with the imminent signing of Rozehnal it’s not clear that Newcastle need a young center-back now. Big Sam has said he wants an experienced central defender to help the youngsters along – but such a player may not be available.
Davies’ agent Phil Sproson told the Daily Express last night:

“Curtis is to hand another request. We expect it to be rejected again, but if it happens we will hand in another one.
“When we met West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace, I said to him, ‘Where do Albion go when their captain wants to leave?’
“Surely it would be in everyone’s interest to get a reasonable price for the player. Albion would make a profit on the £3million they paid to sign him from Luton two years ago and could use that to bring in new players.”

Curtis Davis added:

“I’m not doing this because of any problems with the boss or the fans – but because I need to better myself,”
“I don’t see any logic in the price that Albion have put one me. I don’t see how they can come up with that valuation.
“I’ve only played one season in the top flight.
“Missing the Under 21 Championship has set me back in people’s eyes. If I miss out on the Premiership for another year it will be even worse.”

Curtis Davis – who is 6′ 2″ – and turned 22 in March – made his start at Luton Town in 2003 and played 56 games for them scoring 2 goals. He moved in a £3M transfer in 2005 to WBA where he has played 65 times and scored 2 goals. He has played 3 times for the England Under-21 team and had to withdraw through injury from the England squad that reached the semi-final this week.

It remains to be seen whether Newcastle will attempt to sign Davis – but certainly the transfer fee of £10M is way out of line – and Curtis seems to agree with that. If Davis is worth 10M then how much would our own Steven Taylor be worth?

23 comments so far

  • nightfall

    Jun 23, 2007 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #1

    am…..YES! 🙂

  • nightfall

    Jun 23, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    if we get him we have cental defenders for the next 10 years….+…
    i think in time they (taylor and curtis) could be partners in eng national team…but for that they need the right guidance…and we have sam…

  • rich

    Jun 23, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    dod’t rate davis at all but stevie would be worth in the region of 20 million plus but will go up in value once he gets older n den u have rozehnal to partner tayls at bck next season which looks gd enough on paper we’ll see how the check does need 3 more defenders at least n maybe another striker n midfielder

  • Zx

    Jun 23, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #4

    English players are over-priced and over-rated. We got Rozenhal in the bag, and we need an experienced mentor for Taylor. I would rather see the money spent wisely on Habib Beye or Hyppia.

  • Andreas

    Jun 23, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #5

    In my opinion Curtis Davis would be a good addition, but only if we can get him for significatly less than £10 million.

  • valle

    Jun 23, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Zx… money spent wisely on Hyypia =O?, it has been said so many times that Hyypia is finished by both Liverpool and Newcastle supporters and anyone who saw him this season would agree. On the Curtis matter i would say, yes if the price is right and we have enough money to spare then ofc. Why not get the english talents we can get our hands on.

  • Mick G

    Jun 23, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #7

    No.For £10m NUFC could get somebody who is better than average.Davis doesn’t come close.He is Bramble in disguise.

  • michaelAwin

    Jun 23, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #8

    I agree with nightfall, Taylor and Davies are probably good friends (From U 21’s) and could form a fantastic partnership for the future for both club and country. In addition though i would also like to see massive strides by bringing in the experience of either Mexes (1st Choice), Andrade (2nd Choice) or Big Sol aswell as some very decent fullbacks.

    The player we must get though if Owen and/or Martins leave is Klass Jan Huntelaar – the guy is a pure goal machine and would be absolutely fantastic for us in the prem. PLEASSSE SAM forget Kanoute and Bent get Huntelaar in!

  • gordon

    Jun 23, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    It makes me laugh when people say most of the newcastle and liverpool supporters says hypias finished .Most of the liverpool supporters would have rather have had hypia in the CL final as he is much better at scoring from set pieces and just as good as a positional defender as they have got.

  • James

    Jun 23, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10

    yes ,him and taylor future england partnership

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 23, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #11

    davis in for about 4-5 million would be ok but i would not really like the pairing on taylor and davis at this stage. too young a central defence to cope with the prem.. both are good but need to be kept appart unless injuries dictate otherwise. I would say sol would be good tutor for both taylor and davis. they both need to learn a fair bit still. i think we need to focus first on a top draw left back – wayne bridge would be good.

  • nightfall

    Jun 23, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #12

    btw…look’s like arsenal is falling apart…we should try to gallas instead of hyypia or sol… if arsene is leaving, we might have a chance… and he can play on the left or centre…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 23, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Not sure Gallas would come – but he would be an awsome signing.

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 23, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Maybe get gallas as any part trade for owen/martins?

    Hyypia, no thankyou.

    would davis be happy alternating appearances with taylor? This kind of competition between players is good, but needs careful management so one or the other doesn’t become disolusioned and then want away.
    Anyway, 10mill is WAY WAY over the top.

  • Arthur Prince

    Jun 23, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #15

    We still need right and left back s and enough good cover if injury or suspension calls . Gallas would be good Any news on Shorey ?. Wayne bridge good Beye sounds good . Hypia on a free but not as a starter Rozenhal with Taylor seems to be the current starting line up but the LB nad RB also need sorting£ 10m for Curtis Davies is ridiculous .Shame about Sol Cambell though he would be good mentor

  • Michael Horn

    Jun 23, 2007 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #16

    No, for the sheer fact taylor would not get as much match experience and in my eyes taylor will become far better than davies later in there careers

    i think we should load off martins and try 2 bring in a top class striker like miroslav klose

  • nightfall

    Jun 23, 2007 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #17

    no way…klose’s nothing special…don’ t think he’d play well in england…

  • Angel

    Jun 24, 2007 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #18

    After finally securing Rosehnal the priority is now to sort out getting a pair of class defensive wingers on both sides. Davis (although a future talent) is not a proven premiership player with the 10 million quote well into the realm of ridiculous and I’d much rather see a Taylor/Rosehnal partnership anyway. I wouldn’t be happy with anything above the 5 million mark and i don’t believe that he’s as good as what we have in Taylor (who would obviously be in front of him in the pecking order). As far as the left and right back positions go i certainly hope that most of the links for these positions come to nothing…Young, most overated piece of garbage…Shorey, although he has had a very decent season at reading I personally don’t think he’s done enough quite yet to prove he’s good enough to don the black and white….Gallas (are you kidding…get real)

  • phoonck (singapore)

    Jun 24, 2007 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #19

    offload MARTINS? you do not sell your topscorer with his first debut season at the club scoring 17 goals! if there is someone we should offload, then it is OWEN. until now he is still keeping mum about his future at SJP and earning big pay checks! whereas MARTINS has committed his future to us and he is earning half OWEN’s pay. we need players who honor their contract and don the stripes! and i believe MARTINS is going to blow us off in the coming season!

    about CURTIS, i really feel he is being overpriced. i would only rate him at most £5m. and i suspiciously suspect he is a BRAMBLE-in-disguise.

    i am very optimistic over the next season and is excited at what ALLARDYCE has already done at SJP since arriving in late may. releasing BRAMBLE, MOORE, BERNARD, ONYEWU and SRNICEK is spot-on, and with the sale of PARKER(£7m) plus captures of VIDUKA(free), BARTON(£5.8m) and ROZEHNAL(£3m), we’ve only spent less than £2m! ALLARDYCE has already shown he is not only shrewd but is also working non-stop on the transfer front. can’t wait to see him walking out with the team from the tunnel!

    loved NEWCASTLE since 1995

  • Dustin

    Jun 24, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #20

    michaelAwin well put! Bring in the Hunter. Watchin the guy in the oranje reminds me of a certain van basten. The guy is pure class.

  • Dustin

    Jun 24, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #21

    In short, yea he’s needed just not at 10M. That 10M should be spent on Faubert and Sagna, sorted.

  • Mark LF

    Jul 25, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #22

    As a Baggies fan I would take £7m & let him go. He’s still unproven and still has alot to learn. Newcastle fans’s should ask why WBA conceded so many set piece goals with Davies in the team!!!
    He’ll be up against better, quicker strikers as well, take the money Mowbray.

  • supamart

    Jul 26, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #23

    I’m a West Brom fan and he is overrated and overpriced. If we get the asking price of £8 million for him it will be the deal of the year. He is good on the ball, but there are question marks over his defending ‘skills’ – which being a centre half is quite important !! He is also injury prone – I don’t know the figures, but he must have missed as many games as he played last season


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