While we are rumored to be after players like Alan Smith, Alou Diarra and Maceo Rigters â€“ Newcastle desparately need to bring in some defenders within this next week. After signing Rozehnal â€“ now scheduled for Wednesday this week – we will still need to sign another experienced center back and at least a left back – but preferably two full backs. Other signings are not that important right now â€“ and hopefully Sam is getting the help he needs to bring in these additional defenders.
Here are some of the players we have been linked with in the past with a comment on whjat theyw ould add to the squad.
- Nicky Shorey â€“ Reading – â‚¤5M
He would be a good buy for us and we have been linked with him in the past – but it doesn’t appear we have yet lodged a bid with Reading. Stands at 5’9â€ and seems a solid player who played very well for Reading last year and made his England debut in the summer against Brazil.
- Leighton Baines â€“ Wigan – â‚¤5M
Had a good run in the England Under-21 team that recently reached the semi-finals of the European Championships â€“ and were only defeated on penalties by eventual winners Holland. One thing against him is his lack of height â€“ Leighton stands at 5′ 7â€ tall but he has a good left foot and can hit a ball with ferocious power. A good defender.
- Luke Young â€“ Charlton – â‚¤3M
Luke Young at Â£3M would also we feel be a good buy for Newcastle – although not all Newcastle fans seem convinced of this. Two other teams are in for Luke â€“ Bolton â€“ who can offer UEFA Cup football next season and Aston Villa. Luke is 6′ tall and has lots of premiership experience with Charlton and Spurs and would fit in nicely at right back.
- Habib Beye â€“ Marseilles
Habib Beye is Senegalese and currently plays for French League giants Olympique de Marseille. He can play right back or center back and could be the experienced central defender Sam still needs. His preferred position seems to be right back – where he currently plays for Marseilles. He is one of the most accomplished defenders in Franceâ€™s top tier and stands 6â€² tall.
- Bakari Sagna â€“ Auxerre – â‚¤6M
Sagna is 24 years old and wants to to leave Auxerre as he wants to be playing for a top club to keep his place in the France team. Sagna would prefer Arsenal â€“ but with Arsenal seemingly a bit at sea at the moment – following the Henry transfer to Barcelona – there may be an opening for us here. The fee for Bakari is around â‚¤6M â€“ which is reasonable given heâ€™s one of the best young right backs in Europe. Bakari is 5’9″ tall.
- Sami Hyypia â€“ Liverpool – nominal fee
Newcastle are still continually linked with Sami â€“ who stands 6’5â€ tall. Not all Newcastle fans think Sami would be a good acquisition â€“ thinking he is well past his sell-by date. Would provide defensive experience to the squad but would not be a starter.
So maybe the 3 defenders we need can come out of the above group. The dream three would probably be Nicky Shorey, Bakari Sagna and Habib Beye (although that may make us a bit lop-sided at right back). One central defender that would be great at Newcastle – but we haven’t been linked with yet – is Argentinian World Cup central defender Fabricio Coloccini from Deportivo La Coruna. Fabricio is 25, stands 6′ tall and has played over 25 times for the Argentinian national team.