Newcastle In For Dutch Defender


Reports today, not for the first time, that Newcastle United are interested in 28 year-old Dutch defender, Joris Mathijsen.

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Joris Mathijsen in tussle with Russian Andrei Arshavin

The Dutch defender is said to be attracting a number of Premier clubs, with Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland also reportedly interested in the 5’11” center back.

Mathijsen, a Dutch international, has 33 caps for his country, and plays for Bundesliga side Hamburg.

He has played for the German club 58 times, since joining them in the summer of 2006, from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

The Dutchman is thought to be valued at around £10M, which seem rather high to us.

But the defender had some good games in the recently completed Euro 2008, playing in both the group games against Italy and France, and in Holland’s quarter final defeat to Russia.

Newcastle have recently signed local defender, Steven Taylor, to a new and vastly improved 3 year contract. It appears that Newcastle more than tripled Steven’s wages at the club, but he earned that contract, with some solid performances at the back under Kevin Keegan.

Taylor formed a good budding partnership with Abdoulaye Faye towards the end of last season, in central defense.

But Kevin Keegan will want to bring in at least one additional center back, since center-backs Peter Ramage and Lamine Diatta, both left the club in the summer.

Competition for places is vital to getting the very best out of the players at any club, and of course Faye is more than useful as a defensive midfielder too. 20 year-old David Edgar will also be fighting for one of the defensive positions next season.

We don’t know too much about Mathijsen, but a £10M fee for the player seems far too high, especially when we were quoted less for Glasgow Ranger’s Spanish center back, Carlos Cuellar, who we think would be a better buy for the club – if he’s available.



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155 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #1

    God no, he is shocking.

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  • Pete

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #2

    £10,000,000? way too much. The fella is good in the air but that is about it.

    Even in Euros it is still vastly inflated.

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  • mozza

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #3

    said it before but why go for him when cuellars younger, cheaper and a dam sight better and if your paying 10 mill buy collocini instead

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #4

    please god know, collicini, cuellar and defo evans

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    I know youv`e lived in the states for a while Ed but surely it`s defence,we are talking about lol.
    Seriously though,he would be an excellent aquisition.

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  • scottish mag

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    forget about cuellar, he has said about 100 times he doesnt want to leave and that he isnt interested in money. but i agree if we are spending 10m on a cb then coloccini would be my pick

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  • mozza

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #7

    good news aboot dunne yesterday, signing that new deal dont know why we had any interest in a defender who was instrumental in man city conceding 8 against the beasts

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  • Soren

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    £10m for Mathijsen is a joke! Hes nowhere near worth that price and isnt better than Feye or Taylor. No go!

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  • cooldj

    Jul 6, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #9

    no thanks tbh. i’ve been banging on for absolutely ages about luiz the cb playing in portugal. i was the first guy to mention him on this site ages ago and he looks like he could be a top, no nonsense player

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t worry MA wont spend £10million on one player!! he could get two for that Price!!
    Sorry!!

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  • The Entertainers

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #11

    I think we could do better and some of the previous names sound better deals.

    10 million is far too much and at 28 this does no seem like a ‘New Newcastle’ transfer.

    LOOK ELSE WHERE KEV.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope im wrong but with all that MA has been linked to and with is he out to spend £10million on a defender? just feel he only wants to spend the least amount to keep us mid-table!!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Ashley only wants youth because he doesn’t want to spend money!!

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #14

    He’s out for number one!!

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  • Ross G

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #15

    The reason Mathijsen is so good, is that he is a superb organiser, he is left footed, great in the air his reading is second to none. We need to invest in this type of Defender to play alongside steven to make him into a top CB. Faye is good, but a better back up. Cuellar is a good CB but is exactly like Taylor raw and still learning he would not improve our defence as much as Mathijsen. Collocini again good but no organiser. I would like to see someone like Mathijsen if not him come to us all the top clubs have the older organiser and the more brutish partner. E.g Rio – organiser, Vidic Brute. Arsenal – Gallas organiser, Sendaros Brute. Chelsea – Terry organsier/brute, Carvalho – brute, etc etc. Be nice to get Cuellar in aswell, my first choice would be Metzelder at Real. He hasnt really played at Real they have Pepe, Cannavaro, Heinze, and Garay at CB, while Ramos can also play there and apparently he is available. He would be perfect for Taylor. Would cost around £10m too, can play RB also to help versatility. His only weakness is his injury record which isnt great, but he is another Woody – which again proves Keegan is on the same wave length as me, im just amazing at life in general.

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  • Matthew

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Great analogy there, Mozza.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Ross G – Carvalho is the organiser, and Senderos a brute? ahah, nah hes just crap. Along with Mathijsen, organiser, ahaha, the dtch defence is crap and basically every dutch fan i know hates Mathijsen and he shouldnt be in their team.

    Metzelder is very slow and injured over half te season!

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  • Mac

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Rss how can you call Carvallio a Brute he is class a far better defender than Terry infact i’d say the best in the World. Metzelder of Germany is shocking. He was exposed during the Euros

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  • Leo

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #19

    madness simple

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  • Hadji

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Maybe 6 mill max,we need stability and experience.He matches the criteriums cause he’s not too young and not too old.I’dd take him for the quoted price of 6 mill.

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  • cooldj

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #21

    luiz-been saying him for years now

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  • mozza

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #22

    that theory’s gathering pace all the time hps, cant believe we’ve been linked with bin laden’s family today lol whatever next eh a takeover attempt by a consortium of mugabe, Kim Jong-il and led by spector of james bond, broadsheets are becoming a totall joke now they even use stories now quoting the sun as a source

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #23

    cooldj, ive been saying luiz for months but not years because i didnt know of him until he came to benfica, he is awesome but can be too agressive.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #24

    mozza – Batron is going to be there gun runner!!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #25

    i hope we do get taken over again, if ashley wants out then so be it

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  • mozza

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    @hps lol

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  • Spyro

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #27

    agree with mac on carvalho and metzelder, mertesacker was also horrendous

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  • cooldj

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #28

    nah i’m exaggerating cos he’s still young. anyway how are those two tunisian geezers getting on. chermiti and chaiowhatdayamcallit.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Chermiti has gone to Hertha Berlin and Chikhaoui is either going to Hamburg, Marseille or Benfica.

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #30

    herd they have 9.8 billion in assetts and in there bank account !! and there not afraid to spend!!

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  • simon winham

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #31

    we could by evans and coloccini for that

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  • HATE PRAWN SANDWICHES

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #32

    simon winham – thats more realistic and it would really P*ss Off the mackems!!!

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  • cooldj

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #33

    so tom, who’s should we be looking 0ut for now (no pressure)!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #34

    What, completely unknowns?

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  • steve

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #35

    how many players have u linked us to, and how many of your supposed rumours have we signed? i swear i havn’t heard so much b**locks from a website in my life. everyday, another couple of signings. do you just sit and make this stuff up?

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  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Who would buy him for 10 Million! I would rather get Coloccini, Khalid Boulahrouz, Evans etc!

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  • cooldj

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #37

    just good players not playing at the big clubs.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Leonid Kovel playing for a midtable Ukranian club, Karpaty Lyiv, Ivelin Popov playing for Litex.

    Edit: Just seen Kovel just moved, oh well 🙂

    Popov then.

    Maybe Eremenko Jnr. But i;ve only seen him play for Finland, not a club side.

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  • cooldj

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #39

    never heard of them but will look out for them 🙂

    anyone else watching the ‘tennis’

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  • daiv

    Jul 6, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #40

    This club will sign nobody of consequence until Ashley …. off. He will not put his money into this club because he wants to make a profit out of the club. Yes we have been linked to expensive players, but signed none of them Its a game for him to keep the fans onside. Spurs played the same game for years. As a Spurs supporter he is playing the same game. He will sell and that is the issue for us. Nothing will be achieved until he is gone because the club is destabilised. No player worth his salt will come to NUFC. The Americans have stated that NUFC came to them to sell. The Sun and others are reporting the Americans. Or are some on this blog daft enough to suggest that the Sun has paid the American company to invent the story.

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