Eight Great Defenders Sam Can Sign for Newcastle


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.

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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.

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Leighton Baines – Wigan

Currently in talks with Sunderland at a price of around £6M – 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.

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Brede Hangeland – Copenhagen

Looks a good no nonsense player – who at 6’4″ would be good addition to the squad – 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 £2.3M

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Nicky Shorey – Reading

Would be a great choice for Newcastle but Nicky seems unsure of whether he wants to leave Reading – but surely could be persuaded to join the Newcastle revolution by Big Sam. Probably would cost around £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?

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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 – Coloccini could now be a target. Would be an excellent addition to the squad for around £4M – if that.

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Curtis Davies – West Bromwich Albion

Good center-back in the Steven Taylor mold – but young and fairly inexperienced – but a very good player in the making. Overpriced currently at £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 – 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 £6M once WBA come to the reality they’ll have to sell a dissatisfied player.

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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 – 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′ 1” in height. Sam known to be an admirer and probably will cost very little since his contract at Barcelona ends next summer.

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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 – 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 £11M but could be world class in a couple of years.

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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.



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69 comments so far

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    what about sol campbell

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  • Researchisagreatthing

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2

    One ‘great’ player mentioned, the other are great because of? Achieving nothing? Playing in teams with a worse defensive record than ours? WOW!

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  • bavz

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    i think that they should get coloccini barzagli and maybe hangeland for central defence. try to get one of them and maybe shorey or what about fanni who they mentioned earlier. hes meant to be a good full back. they should definety get the beast baptista!!

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  • jeff

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    There is something not right at newcastle at this moment in time,Im not sure exactly what but with what happened with the police raids I think this has some affect on why we have slowed down on targets…..When Ashley took over there was a rumoured 50 million to spend….never confirmed,but with other clubs being taken over they have spent money and spent big in some cases……..newcastle when you look at comings and goings havent really spent alot at all leaving me to think either big sam is going to announce soon four top big money signings or the money isnt there yet,or the club are being held up on any transfer dealings with the inquiery going on……..its just funny nowt more has been said about it.

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  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d definitely have Big Sol, and no doubt he wants to join us! John Arne Riise would be absolutely fantastic signing too!

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  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    The inquiry and raid was mainly concerned with ceasing information to do with the agents involved. The police are carrying forward the Stevens’ inquiry, in which Newcastle were NOT, and I repeat, NOT implicated in any wrong doing. Agents not the club!

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  • P.collins

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Big Sol would be a great signing we should of got him last year , him aswell as Curtis Davies . Sol could bring on Curtis & Taylor with his Experience. If no Defenders are bought soon Sam might be pulling his boots on.

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  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Did anyone read the Chronicle yesterday, where Alan Oliver conveniently put a small sentence in stating that the mystery £7m bid BSA put in for a top class defender was rejected by the player because he didn’t want to sign. Bullshitting again Alan?????????? If you’re reading this Alan, we all know you’re rubbish and you dress like a tramp!!! Get a hair cut fool!

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  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Bring back Julian Dicks!

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  • james

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    “Fabio Cannavaro – Not much chance of getting this world class player.”

    Not really one of the ” Eight Great Defenders Sam Can Sign for Newcastle” is he?

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  • jeff

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    kASH I read it,and rumour has it that it was heinze who turned newcastle down,which with the way things are going and with the way he seems to want to play for Liverpool its quite believable………..Although I do agree Oliver is a crap reporter on Newcastle united…..

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  • Neil

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    I kind of agree with you Jeff. Net spend of 2m is not what we were expecting when talks of a takeover were mentioned. Even the fat tw@t spent more than that!!!!! I admire Allardyce in what he has said so far about people not wanting to be here can leave however I am very concerned at the lack of arrivals. Take West Ham or Spurs as examples of how to make moves in the transfer market. I cannot believe we would let Baines sign for the unwashed without putting a bid in. If you look at the left backs that come to mind there’s only Cole (Who will never leave CFC), Bridge (Who recently signed a new deal at CFC regardless of any injury), then Baines and possibly Shorey. It’s fine SA talking about getting “big” defenders in but Cole and especially Bridge aren’t exactly man mountains are they??? We are getting left behind by so called lesser teams and I feel if we aren’t careful we will shortly be classed as one of those lesser teams.

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  • Obafan

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    I hope the tranfser of defenders starts as quickly as possible.

    Sol Compbell would be a fantastic signing, together with Cannavaro (little chance of coming to the toon) or Barzagli. Then we need another LB (perhaps Riise could join us if the transfer of Heinze goes on).

    But again when will it begin (bidding, negotiating). Every day is the same; watching the sites to see who we are linked with, to know that no move will be made that day. In 2 & 1/2 weeks we are travelling to Bolton, I wonder how our defence will look like at that moment?

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  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Personally I think he made it all up. Neither BSA or Chris Mort would tell him they put in a bid for anyone, especially since he (Alan Oliver) looks like the crazy man who walks round the town and shouts at the dome of monument mall!
    P.Collins – I really don’t rate Davies at all. I personally believe that we have enough young defenders and we don’t need to sign Davies when Edgar and Huntingdon would show much more promise if they were given the amount of premiership experience Davies has had. I watched Davies for England U21 and he made Bramble-esque errors!

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  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    What’s the chance of us going for Ricardo Gardner???????

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  • Joe

    Jul 24, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Starting to get annoyed with Newcastle now had plenty of time to bring in players. I think its Mike Ashley, Chris Mort like what Big Sam said that they don’t know that you have to go in quick etc.

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  • jeff

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Shorey or Baines are better than we have and we shouldve been in for either one,we still might be guess we have to wait and see,but like you’s all say we are getting left behind

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  • Mac

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    I think if we can get Campbell in for just a season that will do our up and coming defenders the world of good. I think we should bring Shorey in,Yes he’s not a huge powerful defender but he is a defender and a good 1 at that. But that still leaves us at least 2 short and 1 short in Midfield. I see bad times ahead at Newcastle

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  • jeff

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    sam keeps mentioning he wants players with premiership experience……..so who is he meaning??? Campbell?Hyypia??there isnt exactly alot out there available………..if he leaves it too late other clubs wont sell cos they’ll will not get replacements intime…….could end up going into next season with what we have already and dont forget Taylor is still injured so will be worse off than last year

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  • Andy H

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Skysports is linking Man City with Chiellini and thinks they could get him for £6.7 mil. When I have seen him play he has always looked quite ordinary to me but he is a battler and, although he doesn’t have prem experience, he seems ideal for left back in that he has the physique of a centre back. He is still young and could also play centre back.

    Not sure I really want him BUT if Big Sam thinks height is more important than anything else and isn’t interested in Baines then we cannot let another defender slip away to a rival.

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  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Andy H – Chiellini is class, he has the potential to go on and be the best right back in the world. He’s still young but forced his way into the Juve first team. He’s tall, strong, tight man-marker (like all italians) and good on the ball.

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  • Kash

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Correction – Left Back in the world

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  • Ian

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #23

    The lack of transfer activity must be a direct result of the takeover, with Sam himself admitting his frustration surrounding the slowness of Mort/Ashley a week or two ago. Reading between the lines this may suggest that money wasn’t being made available to Sam at this time because of the “review” of the club which Mort mentioned in his first few interviews.

    It may be that the situation has now changed but the recent lack of transfers is puzzling to say the least. I think I’m right in saying that the net summer spending by the toon is the lowest of any Premiership club, and such limited spending isn’t going to project Newcastle to the heights the fans deserve.

    I think Sam should be applauded for the four signings he brought to the club for very little money, but come on Mort/Ashley when are we going to see your millions.

    Show me the money!

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  • P.collins

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24

    I agree Jeff, Sam has cleaned out the whole backline and there’s nothing in the pipeline none of the rumours even sound promising we all seem to be panicing at the moment but you can understand why. I really hope Sam does have something up his sleeve, because the clock is ticking and it’s a fortnight on saturday till kick-off with no replacements looking near to signing.

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  • Neil A H

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Starting to get quite a bit worried now. I think we’ve fallen behind West Ham with there recent Ljungberg signing. That would put us at seventh behind the big four and Tottenham. We need signings. Baines going to Sunderland is a disgrace. We should be signing him. Who cares how tall he is. Hangeland should also come.

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  • Mac

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #26

    If Mort and Ashley don’t do something very soon it could turn out to be the biggest waste of money in history. With our current defensive crop i see a long and dangerous religation battle ahead of us and early exits from the cup

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  • Ivan

    Jul 24, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27

    nicky shorey and davies for sure

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  • Len Smith

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #28

    First choice Barzagli but that aint going to happen. Realistically, and based on the view I would like defenders who can play some football, Coloccini who looks the part and Edmilson in January. We already have several Taylor / Huntingdon / Edgar so no need to part with big wedge for Davies.
    While we need full backs it seems to me Baines and Shorey and massively overpriced. This is where we need a good scouting network to find players from eastern europe / asia who are good enough for top 6 at maybe 1 to 2 million a pop rather than 6 to7. How about Crunjing Taklavitch who plays LB for Elbonia for a start?

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  • dazzle

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    we need to buy defenders and soon, because they are going to need time to gel, i would like to see hangeland, colocinni, drength, campbell also think that baptista would be a excellant attacking midfielder to replace dyer

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  • Stephen Yeardley

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Len, I think you’ll find that Taklavitch has only really performed when playing with his inside partner Hakka Legkov to back him up. We’d need a translator as well, so it’ll be another member of Sam’s backroom team too.

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  • t-g-w

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I think we should sign Barzagli – it is such a good opportunity to waste to sign a player of this quality. No, he doesn’t have Premiership experience, but if we bring in 2 Left Backs and a Right Back that do then it won’t make much difference. SHorey at Left Back is a must, although I think Bridge is a better player (has progressed greatly at Chelsea), he is always injured. Right Back is also worrying – Luke Young is going to Middlesborough and I can’t really think of a realistic Roght Back with Premiership experience. Also in terms of midfield, I think Baptista should be signed to replace Dyer.

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  • Alan

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m convinced that come the start of the new season we will have the players in place that Big Sam wants. The longer they leave it the more money it will cost though. But having bought the club for £131m i doubt Ashley would want a re run of last season in his first and have the natives on his back from day one. When Dyer leaves expect another att mid maybe the boy from Brazil and another 4 defenders.

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  • Brian Strand

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #33

    I know Hangeland and Michael Gravgaard from FC. Copenhagen who both have been connected to Newcastle, and i dont think any of them are good enough, but for me Gravgaard is the best of them, Hangeland is to slow for the premierschip. Gravgaard play together with Daniel Agger in the danish national team.

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  • Mr Flibble

    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Personally, I wouldn’t bother going for Leighton Baines or Curtis Davies. The problem with young players, is that you don’t know if they’ve peaked early or not. Despite our new found wealth, I think the cost of Davies would make a big gamble, which isn’t Big Sam’s way of thinking. As for Baines, I just prefer Nicky Shorey to him. Hopefully we’ll see Shorey come into the squad, and Edmilson in the january transfer window presuming he has no complications from his injury.

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  • Andy H

    Jul 24, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Sol Campbell should be our top target. I didn’t see many Portsmouth games last season but my doubts about his speed/fitness are clearly unfounded. Just watched the match against Fulham on sky and he was different class. So strong, still quick and reads the game so well. His experience is what we need to develop all the young centre halves at the club.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 24, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #36

    Andy – Sol isn’t available – Harry Redknapp just will not let him go – and he has another year left on his two year contract. I agree he would be great at Newcastle helping Taylor and the rest along. His girlfriend is also from the area – if they are still together (?).

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  • paul p

    Jul 24, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #37

    we are behind the top 4, then pompey, everton, spurs, west ham, blackburn, bolton and villa. i am very very worried now, I have paid all this money out and i am not going to watch shite this season again. not at any cost.

    we need to jump in and get young or nelson or fanni for right back, shorey or baines or drenthe or riise or abfor left back, 2 of king, davies, gallas, coloccini, Brede Hangeland, campbell, kompany, mexes for centre halfs, atleast and not players like zak knight or wes brown or silverstre.

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  • Andy H

    Jul 24, 2007 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #38

    If Caampbell isn’t available I wouldn’t mind Primus. He’s severely underrated and, although he isn’t the big name we want he is a really steady premiership player who is probably going to be squeezed out at Portsmouth.

    Hopefully, this sort of player, will be last resort but would definitely make the squad better if we fail to get bigger targets to the club in the next couple of weeks. I trust Big Sam to be working hard to get a signing but if all else fails this would be great. Many people may think he is below us but he could be this seasons Sibierski.

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  • Ross

    Jul 24, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #39

    kash, completly off the subject, but your first comment regarding alan oliver was sheer class mate.
    had a proper good laugh to myself. haha

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  • Ross

    Jul 24, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #40

    however, along with everybody else i am starting to get more frustrated, than worried.
    its obvious that there is plenty of money to spend (should they be keeping their word and actually giving BS this 50mil or whatever it was), and that BS has the reputation to attract good players to the club, so why the sudden stall in the transfer progressions?
    i am everyday telling myself not to worry, and not to get frustrated, and that BS has something up his sleeve and everything will be fine. however every day i tell myself this, is another day that goes by with an endless amount of rumours and links, and no solid action. This goes on for any longer, and thats when i will get worried.
    Get shorey and baines in. Baines at the scum, is a sheer waste.

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