One areas of the Newcastle side that Joe Kinnear must strengthen in January is central midfield.
Christian Poulsen – combative midfielder but wouldn’t come cheaply
We are very weak in that area with Joey Barton out with a medial ligament injury in his knee through March, and our loan signing Uruguayan International Ignacio Gonzalez, who is also out injured until Match with an Achilles injury.
We are linked today with multiple players including forward Michael Kightly of Wolves, midfielder Joe Ledley of Cardiff, striker Kevin Doyle of Reading, Ben Haim of Manchester City and Matthew Upson of West Ham.
Another report this morning has us linked with Juventus’ Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen, who is said to be interesting Newcastle United.
The Denmark international only moved to Juventus in the summer from Sevilla, and the combative central midfielder could be made available by the Italian giants.
The 28 year old 6’ midfielder has represented Denmark over 60 times, and was at Schalke 04 for 4 years from 2002 where he appeared 162 times for the German side, before moving to Sevilla in 2006 for a couple of years, where he appeared 49 times for the Spanish side.
In July of this year Juventus paid €9.75M (about £9.5M) for the Dane, and he’s on a 4 year contract worth about €3M a year (about £58K/week).
So it would appear that if Newcastle are indeed interested in the player he would not come cheaply.
We have no idea if there is any truth to this report, but it seems he would be too expensive for us, at least in January.