Newcastle May Get Wes Brown in January

Both Newcastle United and Tottenham are tracking Wes Brown’s contract situation at Manchester United, and have to think they can capture Brown next month, when we think Alex Ferguson will attempt to get a decent fee for the versatile defender.


Wes Brown – Ferguson may allow Wes to move on in January for a fee

Wes Brown has so far refused to agree a new four-year deal and manager Alex Ferguson may be open to the possibility of replacing him in the January transfer window, although his recent form for the club has been good.

Newcastle United will probably appeal most to Brown, since former Manchester team-mates Butt and Smith are enjoying their time on Tyneside. Butt has just signed a contract extension and Alan Smith has just been named permanent captain of the side. Newcastle also have big ambitions under new English Billionaire owner, Mike Ashley.

But Tottenham are also now interested and manager Juande Ramos does not see Pascal Chimbonda as the long-term answer at right-back, and the Frenchman is now being linked with a move away from White Hart Lane. Of course Wes Brown is very versatile, and can play anywhere across the back four, which only adds to the player’s appeal.

Brown, 28, joined Manchester United while still at school but now has just 6 months left on his current contract at the club, and Ferguson may yet decide to cash in on Brown next month.

He would be a good signing for Newcastle, because of his vast experience of both the Premiership and European competition.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Doctapaul

    Dec 30, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Wes Brown has experience. I doubt whether he will make a difference to the players we already have.

    I believe our issues are about tactics and style. Until they change we will not.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Totally agree with you Paul, to an extent of course.

    If we had a billionaire owner who really wanted to spend money, we ‘could’ get in far better players than Brown, who ‘could’ then play to this odd system that Sam wants Newcastle to play – then, it wouldn’t necessarily be the tactics.

    However, to be more serious, Wes Brown is a good defender, but he’s not fantastic and ain’t any better, imo, than Taylor, Cacapa (on his day), Faye or Beye (who’s been exceptional).

    Don’t see the point in signing him tbh.

  • SuperShearer

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Is Ashley actually a billionaire? If he was American I think he is but being English we have a different definition of how much a billion is. He’s no Roman Abram now is he. Shame as if he has the money then lets a build a really good squad, at least that way any manager would have no excuse.

  • steve

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Brown was rubbish against West Ham yesterday, not sure he’d bring much to the toon, we need someone who can take control of our back line, they always seem in disarray whenever the opposing team attack – we should have gotten Woodgate when we had the chance, even Bramble has shot up the Actim index since joining Wigan!!!

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #5

    SuperShearer – Ashley is worth over 2 billion pounds – so yes, he’s a billionaire, I was being sarcastic.

  • Bill f

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6

    To be fair most of ManU were poor against WH. Fergy is puttin it down as a one off. I would say we should do the same but we have had too many one-offs.
    All I am looking for now is the odd win and avoiding relegation my early season optimism is long gone. cup run would be nice (a cup win even better) and Brown imo would be an ideal aquisition for this. Its about all we can realistically hope for now.

    Incidentally and ironically Nobby looked great for WH till he went off injured. It looks like most of our ex-players Bramble, Parker, Sibierski etc are playing better now they have moved on. Makes you wonder dont it.

  • Leo

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #7

    if he plays left back and lets zoggy play forward then who cares if he isnt the best in the world… come on get matty taylor in sam

    dont think we are going to get arshavin now though!

  • valle

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    We clearly need some more good defenders… A speedy centre back along with a left back would be great. Brown could fill in for Beye in Jan and when Beye gets back he could move center alongside Cacapa.

  • Bill f

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Problem is Leo that Taylor isn’t even a first choice at Pompey at present and they are looking as bad as we are. He does score the odd stunning goal buts thats about it, I’m not so sure thats he is any better than what we have at the moment.

  • john

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    allardyce keeps goin on about steven carr. any newcastle that goes to the matches knows carr is overweight and probably hasnt had 5 decent games since he joined

  • Craig

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Would be a good signing but would surely favour Spurs. Who would want to join us at them moment?

  • the only patient toon army

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #12

    ashley is a fat stingy bastard….i hate him… please keep big sam..he needs time man.. u ppl better have some patience..

  • Ross

    Dec 30, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13

    he’d be a decent signing but if ferguson is looking to get decent money for him i dont want big sam paying a ridiculous fee jus to bring him in thinking he’s strengthening the defence, when we need some attacking flair!
    leo, why do you think the move for arshavin is off?

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #14

    I would like Brown, but not now. Bringing in a new defender just as our defence begins to settle could be suicide.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #15

    LOL @ John

    I agree, Carr is not even worthy for back up

  • scott 9

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    i think he would be a good signing i think we should bring in one defender a creative winger and a creative attacking midfileder

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #17

    If Sam last until summer he i think he should.

    Exclude the following from the first 11:

    Milner, Geremi, Taylor, Martins, N’zogbia


    Butt, Smith, Viduka, Duff, Owen, Carr

    He should buy QUALITY to fill in for all the players dropped to the bench, sold, or released.

    Chairman needs to back him properly. At least then we can judge him for his signings.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Scott 9, i thought that initially, but after looking properly at our squad i would say we need a lot more than a creative winger and attacking midfielder. I think we need to bolster the squad with at least 4 or 5 creative midfielders and creative strikers.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #19

    to put it short i think we need to replace the whole midfield

    zog and milner should be on the bench

  • Andy H

    Dec 30, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #20

    No point. Brown would’nt get in our team at right back because Beye is far better and is no better than the four centre backs we already have. He wouldn’t leave United to be on the bench and I would’nt want to waste money and wages on him. We should be spending any available money on decent creative midfielders – a right winger to keep Milner on the bench, and left back should really be a neccessity because even if Enrique comes back I want to see N’zogbia in midfield. And we need 2 players in every position.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 30, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Brown is a mug, hes a liability defensively, the defenders around him make him look good, he gets regularly caught out of position the one positive thing about him is that he is a hell of a passer.

  • nightfall

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #22

    the only patient toon army…Who are you? Sam? 🙂

  • Doctapaul

    Dec 31, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #23

    TOPTA, what is the basis of your malignment of Ashley?

    What’s he done wrong?

    How does he compare with Fat Fred?

    If you just want to rant, go ahead. We learn nothing other than an inclination to get emotional.

    The phrase clouded in emotion means we can’t see in and you can’t see out.

    I wish us all a happy 2008.

  • mark

    Dec 31, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #24

    Dragoner, I wouldnt release or sell Butt, Viduka, Owen or Duff.

    Duff is a quality quality player, butt works hard and has been our best player for the past 2 years, Duke has scored 5 goals this season and is a good squad player, and Michael Owen, one of the best finishers in the world.

  • Rob

    Dec 31, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Sell Viduka? if he plays scores goals and holds up play, brings people into the game.

    play him with either owen or oba unfront and 2 wingers, plus a defensive midfielder and a creative one.

    It’s not that difficult

    we wont win all our games with the current team playing like that but would win more than 2 in the last 11

  • Dragoner

    Dec 31, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Sell Viduka and Butt because of his age and fitness. You can easily buy another striker who can hold up the ball, and another defensive Mid that bravely goes in to tackles. Keeping players like Viduka and Butt simply shows that we are not thinking long term. We will get one or two good seasons out of them at most.

    This “Michael is one of the best finishers in the world” is just a hollow and empty statement that many say simply because of what he has achieved in the past. Do not believe the papers. he is overrated and far from clinical. There are so many better strikers out there who can finish and also MAKE THEIR OWN chances. Eduardo of Arsenal is more clinical than Michael Owen. So is Berbatov, Keane, Van Persie, Drogba, Torres etc. People need to realise Michael peaked at a too young age and he is no longer a worth while investment.

    Duff is a quality quality player? If he is quality then what is Hleb, Aaron Lennon, SWP, Joe Cole, Nani, Pennant, Rosicky, Bentley, Babel? Duff to me is a decent player, but far from quality.

    Chelsea are not dumb, they sold Duff as they knew he was a decent player but not up to standard. My problem with Duff is he keeps his head down and often dithers on the ball and before you know it a good attack is diffused.

    I want these players gone because, as you have demonstrated, They are all highly rated by Newcastle fans despite only being decent players at best


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