Newcastle Bid £7M for Defender – But Who Is It?


Newcastle United have put in a bid of £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 – 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 – and have had various players play in the position – including right back Stephen Carr at the end of last season.

So who could the player be for £7M?

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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 – but somehow we just don’t see Gabriele wanting to come to Newcastle – 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 £7M range although that figure seems high for him – his value has generally been around the £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 £11M – so £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 £7M to Newcastle.

Another player up for sale and in the £7M range is 22 year-old center-back Curtis Davies from West Bromwich Albion. We think WBA’s current valuation on Curtis is £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 – we’d go for Nicky Shorey – 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 £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.   😀
Let’s hear from you – who do you think it is?
Who do you think it should be?

All comments very welcome.



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103 comments so far

  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1

    £7m has been touted as the fee for Drenthe!!!!!

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  • gordon

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    I think this is ‘Clearly wide of the mark’

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  • STEPHEN

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    hope it’s heinze, quality player. £7m sounds a bit expensive for shorey but if chopra cost £5m then £7 million for an england international isn’t that bad!!!

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  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d have Bridge, but he’s injured (again)! As for a CB, let’s go for Big Sol. Big Sol could also be captain and BSA would definitely get another 2 seasons out of him.

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  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Alan Oliver is an eternal Bull Shitter, he’s always raising my hopes which in turn are dashed by no action by club, making me resentful of the club. I blame Alan Oliver for all of Newcastle’s woes. He’s not reporting properly, they should report like the nazi propoganda team did for Hitler!!!!

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  • Stephen

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Gabriele Heinze is probably the person and i expect him to come to us.There is alot of talk about him wanting to be in europe and that would rule us out but Big Sam is capable of anything example he brought Anelka to Bolton do i need to say anymore?

    Dont think it be the right choice i prefer to buy a player younger he is 29 like even though he would be an excellent signing for 7 million would prefer a younger player like Nicky Shorey he is a very solid player dont make many mistakes and is a great passer not high profile butwould make us solid and thats what we need to be solid at the back.

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  • Bigted28

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Exactly ‘where’ has this infoleaked out from? Seems a bit ‘pie in the sky’ to me.

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  • Total Flanker

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    At 221, I’d say Davies is a little too old for us…:)

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  • bob

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    where did you get this story from ?? as i havnt heard anything about a 7 mill bit until this story. hope it is Shorey tho as i very much doubt heinze will want to join us, if it is shorey i dunno if reading will want to sell him but if it is a 7 mill bid 4 him is a very good offer to tempt them and if they accept im sure Shorey would want to join us.

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  • t-g-w

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d like to think it was Barzagli, although left back and right back are greater priorities at the moment. Good to see something happening on the transfer front thought at last!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #11

    The story is in this afternoon’s Evening Chronicle.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Not sure it’s unreasonable that we would bid 7M for a defender – that’s where we need the quality – and presumably we have the cash.

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  • bob

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #13

    evening chronicle says it all doesn’t well my hopes have jus been dashed

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Kash – that’s a lot of money for Drenthe – and he is unproven in the Premiership – not what Sam says he’s looking for.

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    i think it could be barzagli but its probably baines/shorey or davies

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  • Shearer 4 pm

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #16

    any body thought about lee naylor wb

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  • t-g-w

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #17

    A bit off the topic, but if Dyer or Emre were to leave (more likely to be Emre and another report from the Chronicle so who knows how valid this is), who would people like to see come in to replace them? We would probably only need 1 midfielder if Dyer is staying – I would suggest Diego.

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  • Shearer 4 pm

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #18

    also has everyone fogotton about anton ferdinand

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  • Bigted28

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #19

    I have just read that Heinze has a £7 million release clause in his contract. Wasting our time with that one though……

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  • Bev

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree that Alan Oliver mostly talks alot of sh*t, but at least we have finally got some speculation about a signing after a really dull couple of weeks! but I must admit I dont want to get my hopes up either until I see it on BBC website or somethinig, heres hoping that yellow bar appears on Sky Sports News tonight saying we have had our bid accepted… but i wont hold my breath

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  • kel

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #21

    we do need a little more flair nonetheless who comes in or not. we havent had dribblers for quite awhile now after ginola and probably gazza. some might argue about robert but he is a winger and probably dyer but he just runs with the ball with not much dribbling. a little touch of creativity and flair wouldnt harm us i think.

    u guys reckon?

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  • steve

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #22

    i’d have to echo Kash’s opinion on anything that comes from alan oliver. plus, with freddie’s role within the club diminishing it’s hard to tell how much information that not-so-nice-journalist is privy to.

    at the moment we have no idea how much cash the club is willing to spend. but i do hope we are planning to make an investment such as this in the defence. we desperately need it.

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  • kel

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #23

    but of course defenders i think since big sam says he needs four more defenders. splash ashley’s cash and buy heinze davies and shorey provided they all wanna come. haha

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  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #24

    It could be Riise or maybe Chiellini. It could be bloody anyone!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Owens injured again!

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #26

    if emre leaves we should do a swap deal

    emre to bayern – lahm exchange
    emre to fenerbahce – appiah exchange

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  • Bev

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #27

    damn you Owen, I’m going to the match tomorrow!!!

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #28

    lol i think he is only going to miss that match tho, dont panic people!

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #29

    source on this owen injury???????

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #30

    oh ive found it, ruled out of carlisle and celtic. but back for juve.

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #31

    plus if we are all guessin who this defender could be then i would say either heinze or chillini they both round the 7 mill mark

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #32

    wen is viduka bac? will he be back for celtic? if so that will be great to see how Oba and Viduka link up

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #33

    i think we are re-signing bramble or boumsong for 7m

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #34

    lol or hopefully phillip albert, The Newcastle 5-0 Man utd match was on ESPN classic the ova day and i sky+ it and just keep watching it over and over again makes me feel soooo good and Alberts goal is probably the best goal in the premiership ever!!

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  • nightfall

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #35

    what about bayern’s lucio… it would be a great buy… defenders and midfielders from bundesleague have discipline…
    emre + 5 mio for him…

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  • nightfall

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #36

    i think that 7 mio is for heinze…

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Especially love the bit when Cantona is getting a bit lairy and Rob Lee just dumps him on the floor!

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  • valle

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #38

    I would guess Heinze, and why not?… Real and Barca are surely just speculation or he would have gone by now and Liverpool wont get near him. If it is Heinze then i would guess that Sam has some reason to be optimistic after his “testing the water” the other day.

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  • Keep Oba

    Jul 20, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #39

    I wish it was Barzagli…but thats not enough for him. Heinze I thought did not want to come here.

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  • TOON1

    Jul 20, 2007 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Sorry about this ed,who does chillini play for.Has anyone thought it could be wes brown .What is everyones view on brown?Ive heard from friend that vincent company and chivu from roma are excellent defenders.WE NEED DEFENDERS !!!!

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