Five Foreign Center-Backs for Newcastle


Sam has already said he may have to look outside of England to bring in new defenders for Newcastle.

Following our article yesterday on four foreign full backs we’ll take a look at five foreign-based center backs who are still available.

We’ll attempt to see if any could fit the bill at Newcastle.

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Sam Allardcye – frantically searching for center-backs 

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Brede Hangeland – Copenhagen (in white beating Rooney to a header)

Hangeland is 6’4” so he fits the type of defender Sam wants at the club but lacks Premiership experience and a knock against him is that he may be a bit slow. He has represented Norway 33 times and Newcastle have been linked with him for several weeks now. The initial price quoted for him was ₤2.3M but now is at ₤4M – we think somewhere between those two figures would be accurate. Hangeland would improve the squad but he would need to fight for a starting place. Brede has expressed a desire to play in the Premiership and reports from our readers in Norway say he has improved significantly over the last season or two.
It is known that Aston Villa – who have still made surprisingly few moves in the transfer market – are also after Hangeland so Sam would have to move quickly if he really wants them (how many times have we said that!).

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Fabricio Coloccini – Deportivo La Coruna

Good player that Newcastle were said to be interested in last January. Has played over 25 times for Argentina and currently is playing his football at Deportivo Le Coruna in Spain. Not sure what Sam thinks about Fabricio – but with us missing out on other targets – Coloccini could now be in the frame. We like the 6’0″ tall Coloccini and think he would be a good addition to the squad for around a £3M – £4M fee. No experience of course in the Premiership but good International experience.

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Andrea Barzagli – Palermo

Andrea Barzagli was born May 8, 1981 in Fiesole, Italy and currently plays for Serie A side Palermo. He is highly regarded in his homeland and his first club was Rondinella Firenze – whom he joined in 1998. He has since played for Pistoiese, Ascoli and Chievo, before being signed by Palermo in the summer of 2004. He has 13 caps for the full Italian side and stands 6’1″ in height. During last year’s World Cup he was a starter for the quarter-final against Ukraine – after an injury to Alessandro Nesta and the suspension of Marco Materazzi – who were the starting center-backs for Italy. Transfer fee would be high – quoted at £11M but we think he would be available for less than that. No premiership experience but a budding great player and maybe too expensive for us if we only have £10M available..

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Edmilson – Barcelona

Good experience and skill and we really hope that Sam has locked this one up for Edmilson to come in the January transfer window once fully fit from his knee injury. Edmilson is tipped to be Brazil’s captain in the next world cup – we think he will be good capture for Newcastle especially if he can get fully fit. Can also play defensive midfield and is a typical Brazilian footballer with great skills, bags of experience and 6′ 1” in height. Sam is a known admirer and Edmilson will cost very little since his contract at Barcelona ends next June.

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Fabio Cannavaro – Real Madrid

We’re not sure we can attract this world class player to Newcastle. Cannavaro is one of the best-ever Italian defenders and won the FIFA World Player of the Year last year after captaining Italy to world cup success last summer. Unlikely to want to come to Newcastle and will probably return to Italy following a mediocre year at Real Madrid. Only 5’9” tall and we include him here because he is available and probably for a fairly low fee. Maybe Sam can conjure up some magic to get him to Newcastle – but that’s what will be needed.

Well – those are five center-backs we know about – let’s know what you think.

Any we have missed out who are still available?

Comments always welcome.



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53 comments so far

  • kash

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    We’re not gonna sign any of these guys because there’s noting in the coffers. I don’t want to believe it, but it’s becoming more apparent as each day passes and we haven’t signed a soul!

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  • nightfall

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2
  • MektiG

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Hangeland would be a good signing for newcastle. He isn’t slow, but not very fast either. He reads the game well and, i think, will continue to improve his game if he comes here.

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  • Dumers

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Hangeland is not good enough, especially at 4 million!! the other 4 i dont honestly see as possible options as all are well regarded players and wouldnt think a move to the toon would be one of the right direction! I honestly believe vanfen borre and kompnay are players that must be scouted!!

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice nightfall, new news, he’s good, i would be happy if we got him.Also Bundesliga is similar to the EPL so he would adjust easier.

    And don’t worry guys, we have the money.

    Fingers crossed.

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  • paul p

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    i would sign all these 5, my top 3 would be canavarro, barzagoli and coloccini. all are good defenders and are the type of quality we need at newcastle. I would have said hangeelaand, but after reading reports he is quite slow, then he is not what we need and would not be able to cope playing against the likes of rooney, ronaldo, drogba, torres etc.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    nightfall – really hope we can get him 😀

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  • shaun

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree with Kash – we have no money, or at least Sam won’t be given anyway. Really concerned about Ashleys intentions. Trust us to get bought out by the only billionaire that won’t back with cash, typical

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  • Mick G

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I bet Joey Barton is chuffed to bits leaving a club that wasn’t showing any ambition to join a club that is showing less ambition than the vast majority of the premiership.

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  • nightfall

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    no…it’s just ridiculous…we have been linked to…EVERYONE… 🙂 mass media…i don’t want to play this game anymore 🙂

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  • paul p

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #11

    apparently ashley wants to see up already according to some reports!!!

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  • paul p

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #12

    sell up even.!

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  • Greg B

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Barzagli is a must buy IMO. I know Allardyce wants Prem experience but this lad is exceptional. Palermo have set their price – lets get in there and snap him up before someone else does! I know it will be hard persuading him to come but Sam has got to try.
    While not knowing an awful lot about Coloccini what I do know is that he is available at a relativley small fee. His wage demands may be high so Allardyce should offer him a decent wage plus performance related bonuses, I think Coloccini could be a big hit, but at the same time I would be very cautious as he has a bit of a track record for inconsistency.
    As for Hangeland, well at the right price he would be worth signing. I dont suppose he would break the bank with his wages either and in my opinion he would be better than not signing anyone. Looks a big lad, maybe lacks pace but definatley worth a look.
    Edmilson would be a good addition in January but Sam would be a bit foolish to sign and seal anything at the moment unless there a clause in it on our part – this lad may not fully recover from his injury.
    IMO there is no way Canavaro would join us, he will more than likley return to Italy if he leaves Madrid.

    Id like to see John Heitinga of Ajax (and Holland) brought in, plays either canter back or right back (and defensive midfield if need be)

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  • shaun

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Well if he’s taken the 20-30m for tv money plus the money for owens compensation then if he sales for a similair price to what he paid that’s 30-40m made! Not bad for a few months work

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  • kash

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Night fall – what does the link say? I’m blobked from that site!

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  • shaun

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    sells sorry

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  • shaun

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    The Brazilian fullback, who has one cap for his country, is currently contracted to German side Borussia Dortmund, who have slapped an asking price of £6.75million on his head.

    Magpies’ manager Sam Allardyce is keen to sign a top-quality left-back this summer and has been alerted to Dede, after a proposed move to Italian giants AS Roma collapsed at the last moment.

    “The amount they offered just wasn’t acceptable to us,” Dortmund’s sport director Michael Zorc told Ruhr Nachrichten. “We were not prepared to sell him for less than €10million (£6.75m).”

    The 29-year-old has played over 250 times for Dortmund, and if he stays with the club will be about to start his tenth season at the Westfalenstadion – unless Allardyce succeeds in his pursuit of the player.

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  • shaun

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #18

    as above kash

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  • t-g-w

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Dammit Nightfall I intended to post that link! 🙂 I think Dede would be class – £6million for a 29 year old is quite a lot though. Great player all the same and sure he would be a huge hit – Bundesliga is simlar to the PTremiership after all.

    My choice would be Barzagli in defence – he would improve our defence the most out of those 5 and we shouldn’t miss an opportunity like this to sign such a quality player. Hopefully the money is there.

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  • Greg B

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Dede – very good player. Seems alot of money though. He is very skillfull, very good technically and can tackle. Would be a very good buy.

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  • Ryan

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #21

    As I stated yesterday, Dede is available for 5-6 million and is a very good left back. He has performed consistently for Dortmund for years now and has done well enough to be wanted by Roma. He is pacey and also quite good on the ball and going forward. He would be an excellent addition to the squad and i just hope the rumor is true. As for center backs i think were in for Faye(and no not the one Souness left us with) He is versatile and would make a good back up or could replace the useless Carr at right back. Get the cash out Ashley!!!

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  • iain

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #22

    bolton ch abdoulaye meite.

    if beye was a big sam target i cant see how he wouldnt fancy signing a player he took to bolton from marseille.

    he was in the marseille team with beye that beat us in the uefa cup – we didnt score in either leg.

    hes played in teh wc for the ivory coast.

    hes got a few years of pl expereince.

    he cost bolton practically nothing might even of been a bosman so wouldnt cost too much i reckon.

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  • Chris M

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Greg B: ”As for Hangeland…….. he would be better than not signing anyone.”

    That sounds a bit too much like getting Agouchi (or what ever the big lump was called). Not really the direction we want to be goingf in i reckon.

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  • stk

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    just any of these please, preferably vanden borre, barzagli and dede. if not then abdoulaye faye and heitinga would be good. but seriously i hope sam and ashley are even considering some of these names

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  • paul p

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #25

    as a pairing ad take that faye as well and sign them both. apparently they want 1.5 for faye, say 2.5 for meite, 4 mill for them both, really though, we need better quality than that, but sam will know both players better than we do. !

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  • shaun

    Jul 31, 2007 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Paul – your right Sam would know both players really well, so why has it taken so long for him to be interested in them? unless he’s getting desperate, cheap is the operative point

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  • geordiejordan

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #27

    if wat i read on f365.com is true we are about to sign smith for 6mil. this can mean a couple of things:
    1) the coffers are not bare if we are splurging on signing ANOTHER striker
    2) bring in smith take out martins and gain 6-7 million for more defenders
    3) everyone in management is crazy and we are continuing to buy strikers at the expense of an obviously poor defense

    i have no idea. but what the hell is going on?????

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  • Bev

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #28

    well sam has ‘slammed’ reports of selling oba for funds on the nufc official website, and it also says quote… ‘Sam and chairman Chris Mort, meanwhile, are continuing to work hard behind the scenes in an attempt to add new faces to the Newcastle squad. ‘ interesting

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  • Rich

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #29

    PHILLIP LAHM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JOHN HEITINGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CICINHO!!!!!!

    ANTONY VAN DEN BORRE!!!

    VINCENT KOMPANY!!! COULD BE THE BEST CENTRE BACK WEVE EVER HAD! CAN ALSO PLAY DCM!!!!!!!

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  • Rich

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #30

    I think the idea is to sell Dyer for 5-6 million and buy smith as a replacement and use him as an attacking midfielder, we wont sell martins sam has stated that already! i personally would rather have an out and out attacking midfielder to replace dyer though appiah? get this defence sorted though or we are in serious trouble

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  • ADAM

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #31

    RONALDINHIO TO TOON FOR £50MILLION HONEST VERY RELIABLE SOURCE.

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  • CARL

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #32

    BEN RYDER FOR THE TOON WITH AND ADAM TONES TOTAL COST £40 MILLION.

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  • Phil P

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Dumers you keep banging on about vanden borre- he is a quality player but hes just signed for Fiorentina at the start of the summer… I do wonder how many names are plucked right out of football manager on here sometimes

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  • shaun

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Rich – Great players, if sam had the money surely he would, at the very least, be having bids accepted for this type of player

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  • Rich

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #35

    it looks like we are moving for Abdoule Faye, reports say between 900K – 1.5million, hes 29 but can be used in CB or CM which will be good cover, plus Sam must know him inside out.

    Reports also suggest we are trying to secure Drame supposebly comes highly rated also he has played with Rozenhal for years at PSG so would already have a partnership formed.

    sounds to me that Sam has scrapped his quest for premiership defenders because their is none, the only thing that puzzles me is WHY HAVENT WE SIGNED NICKEY SHOREY??????

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  • t-g-w

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Rich I wouldn’t say they have played for years together at PSG considering Drame has only played 24 times for them and 20 were last season – hasn’t exactly played much football in his career! Milner is 21 and played twice that last season! As for Shorey, he hasn’t exactly played loads of Premiership football either, only one season, so he could quite easily be a flop wherever he plays this season.

    I want Dede/Chiellini left back and Barzagli CD – no Prem experience between them but if we can;t get that we should at least try and get the best players possible.

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  • paul p

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #37

    or sol campbell. there is 2 defenders straight away. what about josepth yobo from everton. would he not be a good addition either.

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  • Rich

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #38

    T-G-W i guess your right, but if we are left with babs next season im 110% positive Shorey would do a much better job.

    http://www.fansfc.com/newcastlefootballclub/news.asp?newsid=170864

    ^^ not sure how credible this source is but it says we are trying to land Dede for 6.75 million, i dont know much about him but he was good in Champ Manager lol.

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  • nightfall

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #39

    what about detting drame, faye and sol…plus swap appiah – emre…and sell dyer for 5m… if we do that we’d be about 2m in plus… ashley – then we’d be only -78m 🙂

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  • nightfall

    Jul 31, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #40

    getting…sorry

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