Newcastle Still After Wes Brown


Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has less than two weeks to add to his small squad at the Tyneside club, until the January transfer window runs out.

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Wes Brown
– Newcastle would still like him in January

It’s believed Kevin has sufficient funds from Mike Ashley to buy 3-4 good players in January. Kevin would presumably like to bring Jermain Defoe to the club, and the name of Wes Brown has also come up.

That’s not surprising, since the Newcastle chairman approached Manchester United about Wes Brown earlier this month, but were turned down by Alex Ferguson. Brown has stalled on a new contract at the Red Devils, but he will also be available for a free transfer in June when his current contract ends.

In an attempt to get Brown at the club in January, Newcastle may try to entice Alex Ferguson with a transfer fee, so they can pick up the player this month. The fee being reported is £3M, but that may be a bit high, given we could probably get Wes for nothing in June. We could even have Wes sign a pre-contract agreement in January, so the full contract could be completed in early July (for free).

We believe Ferguson is still hoping he can keep Brown at the Manchester club, but Brown would be an excellent signing for Newcastle United and he may even be worth paying an appropriate fee for in January.

We’re sure that Chris Mort has taken Kevin Keegan through the transfer target dossier the club had in place when Big Sam was at the club, and some of the players may still be viable targets – like Brown. But other players said to be on the list, like Kevin Nolan, would probably not interest Kevin too much.

The Evening Standard are reporting Keegan is a big fan of Brown, who can play anywhere across the back four, and is hoping to convince the defender his future lies on Tyneside. We’ll have to wait to see how things unfold, but we could certainly use Wes through the rest of this season.

Comments very welcome.


129 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #1

    i’m really hoping that Wes and Defoe were wanted first by Sam and then by KK and not by Ashley all along.

    I really want the board to stay out of Kev’s way.

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  • Astidores Sanchez Blanco

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Personally I would not expect Kevin Keegan to have an extensive list of transfer targets at this stage.

    He has been out of the loop for a while and only came back into management just over 24 hours ago and I think he’ll assess what he already has first.

    He has a good squad in my opinion which has been playing below its potential. The likes of Duff, Owen, Cacapa and Enrique all looked as though they had had a weight removed from their shoulders last night and I think these are good players going through a bad time.

    I think he’ll get through the Bolton game first then look at signing players. However, I imagine himself and Mort will be working around the clock and you never know.

    Brown would be a good signing as he’s an underrated player in my opinion, a good defender and good at bringing the ball out of defence. Defoe is a good finisher and would add much needed goals. Nolan would not fit into the Keegan ethos.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #3

    He wont sign him.

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  • adam

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #4

    MAYBE a darren bent. he has the potential to become a really good player, but needs to develop under keegan. good example would be andy cole and sir les. and we would probably only pay a fraction of the stupid 17mil they paid for him.

    just throwing it out there.

    we need someone who can head and score goals consistantly

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Personally I don’t rate him at all. Makes lots of mistakes which is why he never makes the starting 11 for England. But if we can get him cheap then it might be worth a gamble.

    Although he probably just wants more money to stay at Man Utd and is using us to get what he wants there.

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  • Gordon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Sick of unwanted, second rate Man U reserve players who couldn’t hold down a place in the first team without a rash of injuries.

    I’d look pretty good if I had Ferdinand and Vidic alongside me! And the guy hasn’t even played at centre back for a long time…

    Dunne, Metzelder, Laursen, Campbell or even Woodgate would be better…

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Adam – we buy a right winger that can actually cross the ball (unlike Milner) and Owen will score LOADS of goals under Keegan

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Gordon – completely agree with you. We took Butt and Smith off them and look how crap they are!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Metzelder is a Real Madrid cast-off and is injured every other game.

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  • adam

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #10

    james – i agree, though would still like to sign someone with heading ability. cant see owen out jumping a defender, or matins making that run to get into position of heading the ball.

    i would love it if we could get santa cruz. love it

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  • NathanB

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #11

    James, how can you say Butt is crap?? He’s been great since his loan spell.

    I’d be happy to see Brown at £3M thats a bargain!!

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #12

    NathanB – oohhh ahahahha hahahahahahha thats a good one mate…ohhh good laugh………………………………….oh wait….what….. …………it wasn’t a joke ??!!

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  • Nev

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #13

    IMO david bentley would be a fantastic signing … mite cost £10mil+ tho … duno if hes worth that much tbh

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #14

    I saw the comment and its taken me long to reply because ive only just stopped wetting myself.

    ‘Butt is crap??’ – Genius

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  • ALAN OLIVER RIP

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #15

    if butt hadn’t been playing this season we would have been in a worse pos in the league. hes been one of are best players this season

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  • hadrian

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #16

    you post these articles like they are so matter of fact ed . instead of approaching them as conjecture .
    these papers are hardly credible , look at the saga we have just went thru appointing a manager , they were totally clueless and ‘way off the mark’ .
    keegan may have spent last time at the club , but he spent well and never wasted cash , to think he would fork our sums for a guy who’s out of contract in a few month , never mind 10 million (supposedly half of the jan budget) on someone likes defoe , is more than jumping the gun.
    i hardly expect kevin to walk into this shambles of a club and go on the advice of those here before him on the kind of transfer targets he would like to make .

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  • Gordon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Gotta agree with James, not a fan of Nicky Butt – his style of play really divides people but I think, while he’s a trier, his ability has long since left the building.

    PS – £3m? We thought Smith was good value for £6m too…

    Oh and I think Brown is fine to have in an already good defence, but to build a defence around – no way!

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Alan Oliver – If Butt hadn’t been playing this season we’d all be a lot happier.

    Gave the ball away 37 times against Man Utd. Yes I counted.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #19

    We’d be happier and in a better position if Butt wasnt playing.

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  • AlexW

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #20

    i think we should go for frank ribery 😀

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Guys the thing about Wes Brown and the reason he shouldn’t be an option, is that Keegan will want to play Gung Ho attack (like Fergie plays) and to do that in this league now you need a top class central partnership at the back. Wes Brown does not fit into that. But someone better with Taylor would be great.

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  • ALAN OLIVER RIP

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #22

    butts won more silverwere than all are players put together

    quality player

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  • Obafan

    Jan 17, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Not a bad defender, but Man U will not sell him to us…

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  • CARL J

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #24

    obafan

    that’s true now keegan is here ferguson will not sell a player to a team managed by keegan. still totally buzzin bout keegan thou

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Alan – That’s true….TEN YEARS AGO! He used to be one of the best defensive players in Europe like Keane. But that was a long time ago.

    Next time he is playing count how many times he gives the ball away to the opposition. The record so far is 59.

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  • Anth

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #26

    two players i love to see would be , van der varrt he is a creative player that very consistant, an vincent kompany a belgium defender can play rb ,cb , and cdm i ve seen him play twice in person reminds me of the rock marcel desislly (you know who i mean ) but theses guys a good qualty young and potention to be world classs

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #27

    If not Wes Brown, what top class defender would we like to see alongside Taylor? Someone that we can actually attract at the moment…

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Kompany is a great player, very injury prone though, the best comparison to him is Kaboul they both love to go on attacking runs and end up on the wing 🙂

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  • valle

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #29

    I would like Desissy too 😛

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  • CARL J

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #30

    anybody think the mystery team biddin for mcfadden could be the toon. He would be a useful squad player.

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  • scott9

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #31

    brown n defoe would be great signing if we can get rid of one of or strikers i think midfileders are essentail though i wonder if keegan still has his knowledge in the transfer market i cant see us getting anymore than one player this january

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  • Anth

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #32

    he’s had 1 week out this season which show an improve ment and he is only 20 or 21 ish kompany will be world class with taylor

    what better than two good youngsters learning there trade and play together for a good five years

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #33

    It really would be great if Shearer was involved in the new set up, because he would help Keegan understand who is worth buying and who isn’t.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Anth this season is still early, last season he played about 5 games because he basically needed a new hip and a new back.

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #35

    Don’t know much about Kompany. Who’s he play for and how much you reckon he would cost?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Hamburg and because of his potential probs about 13 mil.

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  • Anth

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #37

    i mean who coudl we get than for a back up rb , i see alot of german football as i work for t-mobile , and rafinha looks like a good prospect? tom what do u think of van der vaart?

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  • James

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Speaking of Germany based defenders how about a cheeky bid for Lucio?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #39

    What does everyone who has seen vVDV think about him, great midfielder at everything except the defensive side, can score and create out of nothing. Dont think we will ever get him though.

    Rafinha, nows thats a keegan player, hes a possibility, would cost a few bob and i like Beye and i dont think Rafinha would settle for back-up.

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  • Anth

    Jan 17, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #40

    good defender lucio but no pace for the premiership have you seen alex play for chealsea its that slow

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