With both Sam Allardyce and the Newcastle fans desperate for new defenders to join the club we thought we’d list eight of them we have been linked with over the last few weeks.
We’ll look at their current situation and the possibility of them coming to Newcastle within the next three weeks.
Players seem to be out there available and not too sure what the specific hold up is – but it may be different things with the different players.
Newcastle Boss Sam Allardyce
Under Pressure to Bring 3 Defenders in within 3 weeks
Here are the eight players in no particular order of priority.
Leighton Baines – Wigan
Currently in talks with Sunderland at a price of around Â£6M â€“ could do a job at Newcastle. But Sam has said he wants big and powerful defenders and Leighton doesn’t fit this mold. But if he was brought into Newcastle he would certainly strengthen the squad and has played many times with Steven Taylor for the England Under-21s and has performed excellently for Wigan in the Premiership. Obviously a player we could get – so have to assume Sam is not interested. Sunderland’s gain will be our loss.
Brede Hangeland – Copenhagen
Looks a good no nonsense player â€“ who at 6’4″ would be good addition to the squad â€“ big and powerful like Sam wants. Wants to play in the Premiership and good reports from our readers in Norway that he has improved a lot over the last season ot two. Could be big hit at Newcastle and good value for money at around Â£2.3M
Nicky Shorey – Reading
Would be a great choice for Newcastle but Nicky seems unsure of whether he wants to leave Reading â€“ but surely could be persuaded to join the Newcastle revolution by Big Sam. Probably would cost around Â£7M because he’s English – but looked an excellent player on his debut for England and would be a great addition to our squad – why are we waiting?
Fabricio Coloccini – Deportivo La Coruna
Good player that Glenn Roeder was said to be after in January. Has played over 25 times for Argentina and currently at Deportivo Le Coruna in Spain. Not sure what Sam thinks about Fabricio – but with other targets not coming for whatever reason â€“ Coloccini could now be a target. Would be an excellent addition to the squad for around Â£4M – if that.
Curtis Davies – West Bromwich Albion
Good center-back in the Steven Taylor mold â€“ but young and fairly inexperienced – but a very good player in the making. Overpriced currently at Â£8M by WBA who don’t want to lose him but WBA will soon have little choice but to let him go. Tottenham said to be interested â€“ he would probably jump at the chance to join Newcastle but would have to fight for a starting position. Probably could be bought for around Â£6M once WBA come to the reality they’ll have to sell a dissatisfied player.
Edmilson – Barcelona
Great experience and skill and it would seem that Sam has almost locked this one up for Edmilson to come in January transfer window once he is fully fit – we hope so. Edmilson will probably captain Brazil in next world cup â€“ we think he will be great capture for Newcastle and create great competition for places in defense. Can also play defensive midfield. Typical Brazilian footballer with great skills and 6′ 1â€ in height. Sam known to be an admirer and probably will cost very little since his contract at Barcelona ends next summer.
Andrea Barzagli – Parma
Italian defender of the future who currently plays in Sicily for Palermo and played against us last year in the EUFA cup. Young and strong but Italians very rarely leave their homeland – so not sure of Sam’s chances of getting him. Would be an excellent acquisition â€“ but may be hard for Sam to persuade him to come to Newcastle from Sicily. The 26 year-old 6’1″ center-back is thought to be worth around Â£11M but could be world class in a couple of years.
Fabio Cannavaro – Real Madrid
Not much chance of getting this world class player. Fabio is one of the best ever Italian defenders and won the FIFA World Player of the Year last year. Unlikely to want to come to Newcastle and will probably return to Italy following a mediocre year at Real Madrid. Led italy to a world cup victory last year with a string of world class performances – when it really mattered.
These are some of the popular choices that fans have talked about but it doesn’t include other possibilities like Anton Ferdiannd and Wayne Bridge as examples – and maybe some others we have missed out. We would have included Bridge but he has just undergone a hip injury and is out for months – so we will not be able to get him this summer.
Who do you think Sam should go after?
Comments welcome and let’s hope Sam can get a couple in before the end of this week – we need a breakthrough.