Newcastle Want Wigan’s Emerson Boyce

Newcastle United are said to be keen to add Wigan Athletic defender, Emerson Boyce to their squad next season.


Emerson Boyce – Wigan defender a target for £3M?
This is rather a surprise, since we have heard the club were after several other center-backs.

But at £3M it could still be good money spent for a reliable and experienced Premier League defender.

Today’s reports suggest manager Kevin Keegan, is willing to pay £3M to get Boyce, knowing that he will add some strength to the Newcastle back four.

Emerson was signed by Paul Jewell at Wigan for an undisclosed fee (1.5M is estimate) from Crystal Palace in July of 2006.

He played 69 times for Crystal Palace with one goal from 2004-2006 and he has so far played 59 times for the Wigan club.

One attraction of the player is that’s he very versatile and can play anywhere along the back four, so he would make a good squad player, and he’s also a no nonsense type defender.

Boyce started his career at Luton Town in 2008 and went on to play 185 times for Luton with 8 goals.

Wigan’s Geordie manager Steve Bruce however seems keen to keep the 28 year-old player, and he told the Wigan Evening Post yesterday:

“We’re having discussions with Emmerson Boyce about him getting a new deal – he’s done very well here,”

In March 2008 he was called up to the Barbados squad, making his international debut on 27th of that month.

While this player may be a surprise to most Newcastle fans who want £10M top targets, Emerson is a reliable Premier League defender and we think he could do well at the club.

However, it’s becoming apparent that Kevin will not have a bucket full of money to spend in the summer, and we will probably need to do some shrewd deals for players.

Kevin has consistently said he wants proven Premier League players and we think this could actually turn out to be a good deal for the club.

Emerson was born in Aylesbury and stands just over 6’0″ tall.

We have to be realistic that we cannot offer European football to top players next season, and we’ll have to do the very best we can in this summer’s transfer market.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • HeronMag

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    God No!

  • Kash2

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s currently negotiating a new contract, enough said!

  • John

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Please god, this better be complete bulll….

  • Penalty-Spot

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    News on BBC. Dean Ashton’s signed a new 5 yearer at West Ham (thanks Davies)…

  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Hope not. Where is the ambition!?

  • Davies

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    We’ve paid more for worse. Let’s just hope he hasn’t been learning from Titus.

  • Davies

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Shouldn’t that be West Ham Penalty-Spot?

  • jake

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    not a bad player actually. back up for our back four – id take him

  • Ian

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    I would be happy with this player as long as we are also bringing numbers in at the back, he is a good solid player and his goalscoring is typical of that position, I would only want us to pay big money for a good defender who scores a lot of goals relative to that position.

    Taylor is making unhappy noises again and on about running down his contract, getting fed up with him now, if he is rated at £8m then let someone pay it and he can go, if they do not pay it then he needs to get his feet back on the ground and re-value himself. Owen is waiting for his contract and is a much more established player than Taylor. Taylor and Carroll have bad attititudes, are they chummy??

  • aqmin

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    100% yes!! perhaps he’s not that “supa dupa” type of player, but remember, come January, we won’t have Beye for RB!! who else can play there?? There’s no CARR for backup and honestly we don’t need a 10m RB at the momment.. be sensible.. it’s not that we have 20m for each position!!.. for me at 3m(not more) he would be a bargain!! if what Ed said is true that he can play at all back four position(i thought he can only play RB) that he’ll definitely be the only full back that we need this summer.. say tata tu torosidis unless we can obtain him less than 4m at most.. Priority is: MIDFIELDERS!! one more thing, about us signing a 21year old scout that totally depends on numerical data instead of experience, i think that’s weird.. thus i would like to say i can be a scout as well even at 17 since i plays FM a lot.. for midfielders for instance check out Pablo Piatti, Steven Defour, Narazite, lansbury, toni kroos and thousands more!! even kahlenberg would also be a bargain.. but c’mon… i certainly don’t know about them in the real world… haha.. dunno what the heck i’m saying about.. lala.. i’m crazy because we have yet to make a signing…lala…

  • dsr

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    used to have a season ticket at palace and have to say – whilst the fans loved this guy, he is pretty village. Think J’lloyd Samuel mark II basically. Okay on the right, average everywhere else. Just depressing.

    On a separate note, has anyone seen the thing in transfer rumours today on f365, saying we had been offered zigic for enrique?

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12

    @aqmin, how will we not have Beye come january?

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    ian- steven taylor has waited this whole season 4 his contract 2 be sorted and nothing has been done, and he is right to b upset by it as he is a local lad givin his all for the club week in week out and uv got players lyk nzogbia who dnt giv a f*k about the club who got a new improved contract sorted no prblem, why do milner nd nzogbia get improved contracts so easily but taylor has 2 wait a whole year???????

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    exactly how will we not have beye in january aqmin?????????

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    are you suggesting beye will be missing in jan due to his participation in the african nations cup?

    if so you will be glad to learn it is only on every 2 years. so he he is free to stay with us next january

  • Oba

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    LOL, all that has to be said.

  • aqmin

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #17

    African Cup of Nations… he’s going aren’t he??

  • azim

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #18

    aqmin in talking rubbish..who said we will not have Beye in January…ACN had already over this year

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #19

    where’s Beye goin’ in January?..
    …Also, he’s hung up his international boots man!..

  • Marat18

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #20

    Beye retired from national side, didn’t he?
    and ACN isn’t every year, once in 2 years i guess

  • aqmin

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    is it??? wow.. guess i’m really is a 17year old boy.. i’ll eat my words back.. i’m not good enough to be a scout.. not even a team’s spokeperson..haha… sorry guys… if Beye is there, i think he’s not much but last resort then..huhu..

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #22

    punk skunk! hows camden treating you? got any good bands to look out for? you been partying with winehouse?:)

  • scott9

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #23


  • aqmin

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    i mean boyce will be last resort, not beye.. BEYE IS QUALITY!!

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #25

    aqmin. no need to apologise buddy!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Hi broon ale,
    aye it’s kool bro’…Went to see the Dead Kennedys last week, that was a fat laugh!..
    …one of ma mates is gettin’ us free tickets for radioheed in vicky park, not really ma bag, but hey, owt for nowt, huh?..Me & the misses’ll take the bairn for a gig in the park i guess, hope the sun comes out!..
    …How’s the Toon man?..

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #27

    Yea mate, me & whiney whorehouse are like that(crosses fingers!) mate, we go way back!..Ha!..

  • Leo

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    who really thinks these are the type of signings, i dont tbh

  • Eric

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #29

    Shopping in Wigan? Shite!

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #30

    punk skunk…the toon is basking in sunshine and i am stuck at work! dull

    i quite like in rainbows by radiohead. vey chilled album.

    you cant deny they stand alone as a band. they are definatley a fans band but also have mass appeal..

    anyways,, im sure this conversation will prompt someone to tell me to sod off and start talking about newcastle and not music.. 🙂

  • ToonKing

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #31

    hahahhahaha muhahahhaha arghhahahahhah This is a good one Ed, you joker !!! 😀

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #32

    sod ’em mate!..
    …Aye, it’s a nice day here too, but i gotta go rehearse in a sound-proofed room soon, typical!..
    …Yea, y’right about Radiohead bro’, it should be kool!..
    …Haven’t come across anythin’ new & kool for a while, let y’know if i do tho’!..
    …Don’t work too hard marra, have a good w/end! the sun, hopefully!..

  • ToonKing

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #33

    anybody like Disturbed ?? i love that band!! one could say they are my favorite band….they and Tenacious D and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

  • seetow

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #34

    wouldn’t take him. wouldn’t add anything to our backline. i’d rather buy andre bikey than him..

  • Bill F

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #35

    Must admit he has never been on my radar, but scuttlebutt from the Wigan websites are that their fans rate him highly. He seems to be one of the unsung heroes that make a team tick, not flashy but solid and dependable. A poor mans Makalele if you like. If this is all true then he would be a good buy.
    How many is that now Ed?

  • Gooderz

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Valencia and Palacios are the only two Wigan players even worth considering (because we don’t need Kirkland).

  • Darryl

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Started his career in June 2008 and made 185 appearances? Thats impressive.. he playing in every foreign league with every single team? lol

    “Boyce started his career at Luton Town in 2008 and went on to play 185 times for Luton with 8 goals.”

  • 9 Shearer

    Jun 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #38

    How can you give up Ramage and bring that gabage

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #39

    What a sick joke.

    Amine Chermiti is available for 1.7 mil!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • oga

    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #40

    He cant play anywhere along the back 4! He’s a right back and a very average one at that. If we were getting him on a free………..No problem. But when Torodis is available for 4mil……………we need to be concentrating on him.


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