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 attemptÂ to seeÂ ifÂ anyÂ could fit the bill at Newcastle.
Sam Allardcye – frantically searching for center-backsÂ
Brede Hangeland â€“ Copenhagen (in white beating Rooney to a header)
Hangeland is 6’4â€ 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 â‚¤2.3M but now isÂ at â‚¤4M â€“ we think somewhereÂ between those two figures would beÂ accurate.Â 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 significantlyÂ over the last season or two.
It is known that Aston Villa â€“ who have still made surprisingly few moves in the transfer market – are also after Hangeland so Sam would haveÂ to move quickly if he really wants them (how many times have we said that!).
Fabricio Coloccini â€“ Deportivo La Coruna
Good player that Newcastle were said to be interested inÂ 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 â€“ 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 Â£3M – Â£4M fee. No experience of course in the Premiership but good International experience.
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 â€“ who were the starting center-backs for Italy. Transfer fee would be high â€“ quoted at Â£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 Â£10M available..
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 â€“ 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′ 1â€ in height. Sam is a known admirer and Edmilson will cost very little since his contract at Barcelona ends next June.
Fabio Cannavaro – Real Madrid
We’re not sure we can attractÂ this world class player to Newcastle. CannavaroÂ 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 5’9â€ 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 beÂ needed.
Well – those are five center-backs we know about – let’s know what you think.
Any we have missed outÂ who are still available?
Comments always welcome.