Newcastle United have put in a bid of Â£7M for a top-class defender as Sam Allardyce continues to bring more defenders into the fold at Newcastle.
Newcastle will not disclose just who their target is but what we’re missing most of all is a left back followed by a center back â€“ so the best bet would be it’s for a left back.
United have been desperate for an orthodox left-back for some time now â€“ and have had various players play in the position â€“ including right back Stephen Carr at the end of last season.
So who could the player be for Â£7M?
Nicky Shorey, Gabriele Heinze and Curtis Davies
Since Sam is big friends with Alex Ferguson there’s a possibility we have bid for Gabriele Heinze â€“ but somehow we just don’t see Gabriele wanting to come to Newcastle â€“ but we hope we’re wrong there. However, it certainly wouldn’t stop Sam bidding for Heinze in the hope he would get a chance to talk to the Argentinian and convince him to join the revolution at Newcastle.
Nicky Shorey would also be in the Â£7M range although that figure seems high for him – his value has generally been around the Â£5M mark. We don’t think it’s for Leighton Baines because we don’t think Leighton is tall enough for what Sam is looking for.
There is also Andrea Barzagli, center-back from Parma who was actually valued at round Â£11M â€“ so Â£7M could be a good opening bid there. The other player who is worth that amount is Wayne Bridge of Chelsea – who is our personal choice for left back – but he’s injured right now – but probably worth the Â£7M to Newcastle.
Another player up for sale and in the Â£7M range is 22 year-old center-back Curtis Davies from West Bromwich Albion. We think WBA’s current valuation on Curtis is Â£8M and we know Newcastle have been keen on him in the past. In fact Nigel Pearson coached him when he was at WBA with Brian Robson last year.
If we had to stick our necks out â€“ we’d go for Nicky Shorey â€“ although that’s a high price – but he would be a great addition to our squad. We think Nicky just beats out Gabriele Heinze. The Â£7M valuation is probably closest to Heinze’s value in the transfer market – but hey – you never know with Sam – he could be after Gabriele – and he would be just great at Newcastle.
Hopefully the news on who it is will leak out shortly – but that never stopped us in the past from discussing these things. Â
Let’s hear from you â€“ who do you think it is?
Who do you think it should be?
All comments very welcome.