Kevin Keegan seems determined to bring in an experienced center-back in January, if he can manage to sign the right player, in the next 9 days.
Daniel van Buyten – seems to want Newcastle move
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œIâ€™m not thinking of bringing Kevin Kilcline back, much as I like him,â€ â€œBut if Iâ€™m honest, they just need somebody to talk to them more middle to back. Steven Taylor will be a real leader and already heâ€™s got leadership qualities.â€
â€œ But if you look to the side of him youâ€™ve got players new to the Premier League.â€ â€œI think we are a club who can go and get big players if they are the right players,â€
â€œThatâ€™s absolutely 100%. We have to look at the situation in reality. A lot of players donâ€™t move at this time of year. If they do it usually hasnâ€™t been that successful.â€
â€œWe will be trying to fetch two or three players in but we will not fetch them in just to make the numbers up. Theyâ€™ve got to be players who can play with what weâ€™ve got and improve what weâ€™ve got.”
Stephen Carr, Abdoulaye Faye and Steven Taylor are the only players in defense with previous Premiership experience, and that has been a big concern at the club this season, and the reason for some of our unsteady performances in defense.
Two players that have been mentioned at center-back are Sol Campbell of Portsmouth, and Daniel van Buyten of Bayern Munich. 6â€™5â€ Belgian van Buyten played for Kevin at Manchester City in 2004, and looked a steady player at the back, and good on set plays in attack. He could be available from Bayern for a low Â£1.5M, and we think that is the more likely deal to be made in January.
We cannot really see Harry Redknapp letting Sol go in January, even though he seems to have become a Newcastle fan of late.Â Â 😀
Here’s 29 year-old Daniel van Buyten’s playing record:
Years Club App Goals 1998-1999 Charleroi 19 1 1999-2002 Standard LiÃ¨ge 57 7 2002-2004 Marseilles 76 12 2004 Man City (loan) 5 0 2004-2006 Hamburg 61 7 2006- Bayern Munich 37 3 2001- Belgium 38 4
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