Newcastle Have Manchester Defender in Their Sights

The news doesn’t seem to go away and we believe it’s true that both Newcastle United and Sunderland will battle it out in January for the signature of Manchester United defender Wes Brown.


Wes Brown – Manchester United Defender looking for pastures anew?

The Daily Mirror is again reporting that the England defender, who has already refused to sign a new four-year contract at Old Trafford, is  seriously considering moving on from Manchester United.

Having Nicky Butt at Newcastle may help sway Wes that joining the Magpies would be a good move for him, and the friendship between Manchester manager Alex Ferguson and Big Sam should also help.

But of course Alex is also close to Sunderland manager Roy Keane and Sunderland must also be in with a good chance of capturing the defender.

Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort over the weekend said he didn’t think bringing in a couple of defenders in the January transfer window would help much, but if they have Premiership experience they have got to be useful to Newcastle. We think Wes Brown and Tal Ben Haim from Chelsea would be two signings that would help stabilize Newcastle’s defense and would be excellent acquisitions in January.

Both players can play anywhere along the back line and would be  starters in the side.

What do you think?  Would these players improve our defense?   Let us know – comments very welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Geof Forster

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Signing Brown sounds good.
    Improving the quality of our defence must still be a top priority.

    Tal Ben Haim missed his chance in summer … I’d be reluctant to pay his reported £80,000 per week wages.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Stuff Tak but Brown would be good though I am not sure where his best position would be. I think Beye has done enough to cement his right back position and I’d like to see Enrique more at left back releasing Zog up the wing.

  • Bill F

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Still think Beye is the man for the RB spot, if Brown is signed he would be cover for RB and CB and should be got as cheaply as possible. (which is what I would expect Sam to do anyway)

    I wouldn’t see him as a priority signing. Same applies to Ben Haim

  • ToonKing

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    i’m with Ausgeordie, i would like him to join us but don’t know where he could play. He’s done very good at RB yesterday for Manure but Beye has got that place covered and i don’t think he’s that good for a CB.

  • Len

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Wes Browns a good player and would be an asset. Ben Haim I am not so sure but Sam must know better than anyone so I guess we go with his opinion. Made me laugh when I heard he had scouts looking at Ben Haim? Either way we dont need 6 CBs so need to keep some balance in the squad.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Left-back has to be priority. We have to allow time for our new CB’s to get up to speed, but even once Enrique is there, we still need competition for that LB spot. Ideally an English LB with prem experience… and that’s a very short list.

  • Bill F

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #7

    I wnted to add to my previous comments but that curse of the blooging culture, Work, intervened.
    I was going to say that don’t forget that Duff is a decent left sided defender and could double up there if needed. In fact might be a good idea till he is up to speed again. ( I’m not saying we don’t want speedy defenders, but they can get away with being not as fast)

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Hmm, Man Utd never sell anyone who can still do a job for them. They sold us Butt when he was past his prime, they sold on Beckham when they realised he could no longer run and when Van Nistlroy’s goals dried up, what happened? He was sold. Sir Alex is no mug, Wes Brown has peaked as far as his talent goes and would make a good squad player, but not exactly a first team choice.

  • Otter

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Brown’s not good enough, and if his contract demands are unrealistic when he’s a reserve at ManU, what are they going to be for us? Smells like another Babayaro.

  • Leo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #10

    i wouldnt pay 80grand a week for ben haim

    brown is good enough for newcastle. nothing like babayaro. he can play anywhere on in the defence, and he has learned from the best coach in the world…

  • dave

    Dec 10, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Browns past his sell by date now never having quite made it as a regular for the manure but spreading himself around many differant positions. I don’t feel we should be buying players who can’t get a place in their clubs 1st team regularly unfortunately he’s probably better than wot we’ve got

  • scott 9

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #12

    brown is averag he would probobly do a job for us but thats it hes not as good as faye and cacapa hes better than rozenhal and so he would just be a squad player in my opinion anyway anyone see mort says were only buying young players in jan and no first team players

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 10, 2007 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    we are buying first team players, they are just going to be young.

  • azza jones

    Dec 11, 2007 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #14

    I disagree Sir Alex sells players to show he is in charge. Beckham did a big job helping Madrid win the title, Butt has helped us in many a game, Van Nistelroy was top scorer in Primera liga….

    I think brown would be a good addition to the squad to cover injuries, plus faye/beye are off to african nations so hell yeah!! I would pay about $4-$5mil tops though………

    I THINK WE NEED TO START A PETITION TO GETTING MATTHEW TAYLOR from PORTSMOUTH…..He is awesome and wants out. He would be a excellent addition to the squad!!!

  • Ryan

    Dec 11, 2007 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #15

    I think we can add deepth if wes brown and tal ben haim. But, we got lots of cover for CB and RB with Faye and Beye can play as right back. Furthermore, i woulds say that Duff more into left winger place. I think we need cover for attacking midfielder and left back.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 11, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Azza – good point about Matthew Taylor; hadn’t thought about him. I can only assume that as he’s signed a long-term contract last year and just bought a home down in Portsmouth, he’s probably just not up for moving. But another Englishman (and an Oxon lad like myself, so must be ok) on the field would be good. Someone has to get England’s next squad up to scratch, and it isn’t going to be the Arse..

  • Leo

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #17

    i think azza, you should start up the petition, i like yourself think matty taylor would be great, he plays both left back and left wing, and unlike many of our players, can hit the ball from afar and score amazing goals. just got dajavu i am sure i said this haha

    i heard that he wants to leave pompey, so what if he bought a house there, he earns enought to keep it for his retirement, and it would be a good move because portsmouth is an up and coming city (ireland) i nearly went to university there, its a great place, glad i stayed in newcastle though.

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #18

    mort said there not going to be first team straight away they are going to develop over a period of time but i think we need some players that can go straight in first team now like a creative midfiled player

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #19

    why not renato or rosina they are both good young creative midfielders

  • Whumpie

    Dec 11, 2007 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #20

    I think we need an out-and-out right winger with a Beckhamesque crosssing ability to replace Nobby. Even once we have Duff back and Zoggas released, that still only leaves us the Magnificent Milner with a good right foot, and even he doesn’t really have the crossing accuracy Viduka could do with. Any suggestions?

  • scott 9

    Dec 11, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #21

    viduka would score loads if he had decent crosses put into him imagine if we still had solano he viduka would score loads

  • oli

    Dec 12, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #22

    i think we should buy a whole new back 4 as i think we will get terrored against the bigger teams without one.witht the exception o f arsena and taylor

  • oli

    Dec 12, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #23

    i think we should buy a whole new back 4 as i think we will get terrored against the bigger teams without one.witht the exception o f arsena and taylor.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 12, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #24

    We have five good centre-backs! Ramage is injured but showed his talent last year and will be excellent in a couple of years. Faye, Roz and Cacapa have all shown how good they are and just need time to become consistent and know the tricks of the Prem. Taylor is brilliant, (if a little ‘Chelsea-esque’ in his acting) and should start every game.

    I think we really need three things:
    1. A bit of patience and realism on what it takes to build a team.
    2. Another left-back
    3. Another right-winger who can cross accurately.

    I suspect we’ll get none of them, but we’ll get better anyway. I still think we could finish top 8, which is a big improvement in one season. And the best news is that Ashley and Mort seem capable of standing up to the boo-boys and fickle idiot minority in the Toon Army, so we will get that consistency and long-term vision that’s been missing for decades. Looking good.


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