Newcastle Continue Interest In Celtic’s McManus


We had reported yesterday that Newcastle were interested in signing Celtic captain Stephen McManus, and there is some more news about that potential deal today being reported in the Newcastle Journal.

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Stephen McManus£3M offer could clinch it

The 26-year-old is keen to leave Scottish football following a deterioration in his relationship with the Celtic fans, who have blamed him for the Glasgow club’s recent slump in form.

It turns out that Newcastle were approached by the Glasgow giants earlier this month, when they enquired about the possibility of a swap deal involving Newcastle’s Spanish full back José Enríque, but they lost interest extremely quickly when they were told the former Spanish Under-21 international was on more than £40K a week on Tyneside.

But it seems that Newcastle are still interested in pursuing the Celtic captain, with sources in Scotland last night saying that a bid of just £3M would probably be enough to bring the 6’2″ center-back to Tyneside.

What we have heard is that McManus is a dominant, no frills type center-back, who could do well at Newcastle, and would certainly add, at the very least, competition for places across the back four, which is the area we must get playing very well, if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.

We think McManus would be an excellent buy for £3M, because he also has good leadership abilities, and seems like he would be a welcome addition to the Newcastle defensive squad.

Comments welcome.



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56 comments so far

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Bring him in. Centre back is not exactly teh position that we need to strengthen but our squad is so small anyone is a bonus!

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #2

    can he play on the left?

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  • azim

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    why we need to sign a player who has lost him form??

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    So let me get this straight, he is being blamed by Celtic fans for their drop of form, and we want him to come in to our team, into a tougher, quicker more brutal competition?

    Brilliant, must be great, but at this point I will take another Bramble just to have numbers in….

    What a shambles we have become….

    By the way Happy Australia Day to my fellow aussies on this site, and well done to my Melbourne Victory on finishing on top in the A-League! C’mon Victory! 🙂

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  • Tom

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    The guy is seen as a defensive liability by a number of Celtic fans, why in gods name do we want to sign him!? We don’t need or want another centre back (unless we somehow get Richards as part of the Given deal!) we need full back and centre mid cover!

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Enrique is on more than 40000 a week-WHY?

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 26, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    I hate to say it but I agree with the negative vibes. Why is it recently we seem to be going for players out-of-form or who have fallen out with the boss or are injured. How many emotional and physical problems does one club need? Can we not just get out there and sign someone who is fit, keen, half-decent and emotionally stable? Of course I know the answer, it’s just very frustrating…..

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  • Charlietoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8

    We need options and maybe he could be a decent one. We assume under this new regime that these players are not going to be on high wages or long contracts so lets see what happens.

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  • Ericles

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Not sure about this. Looks as though he is the type of defender we would need in the Coca Cola. And we are not going there. Where is the LB back-up? Perhaps we are taking on Raitala?

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  • Wigaz

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    This lad is a quality CB! old school no messing about take man & ball type of player. As much as i like col how many times do you see him trying stupid little flicks & that in the box? not so much now but he is always on the wrong side when he’s one on one. I think Colo would would maybe play better at dm or sweeper. McManus would def tighten up our defence & as for him losing form he scored at the weekend so how is that? Seen him play numerous times against teams like Barca Milan & Italy holland france & he’s not looked out of place marking some of the best attacking players in the world. Lets give the lad a chance if he signs i’m sure he’d become a fan favourite much like killer was.

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    AussieToon- Happy Aus day mate, congrats on melbourne , sydney are dog sh*t arghh

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12

    bowburnmag- cos out of form players who are disliked by the fans will come cheaper and will be the only players stupid enough to come here with our current plight

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  • WesToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    @ AussieToon & Toon_Sydney

    Morning Lads,happy aussie day

    P.S sorry about the cricket though boys
    Beat you in the tests & now the one dayers

    Love it!!!!
    hahahahahahah

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  • shearermania

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    i thought adelaide clinched it………..you sure?

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  • liambirchy

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    ebondo 3.5m
    mcmanus 3m
    mbia 10m
    raitala 500k
    di maira 7m
    sturridge p/ex

    out

    given – 10m + sturridge
    zoggy – 7m to villa

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  • Will

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    What’s N’zogbia’s problem? he’s bleating again wanting to go to Villa now according to $ky $port$.

    Someone needs to give him a good telling. He’s being allowed to damage our image and during a TRANSFER WINDOW, that will never be a good thing.

    If i were in charge, he wouldn’t get paid. simple as.

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  • Ericles

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Sounds like Wigaz is worth listening to, compared to blokes like me who have hardly seen MacManus play. We do need some no-nonsense in the back four admittedly. Bugger cricket!

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Anyone hear Charlie Nicholas on Sky the other day saying the Micah Richards could be available for £5m quid!?

    I hope Kinnear was watching.

    He’s immense when played at RB.

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  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    westoon- In regards to test where still number 1 and regards to one day [LAST THREE WORLD CUPS BABY]

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  • liambirchy

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #20

    would villa do a carew – zoggy swap???

    they have heskey now so maybe

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  • Will

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    40k?

    Is that real Ed?

    And Allardyce and the self-made millionaire Ashley are meant to be shrewd businessmen?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #22

    McManus is dump!

    Rather have Gokhan Zan on loan.

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    As you’d expect in January with a club in our situation, we can only really deal for people who are either in trouble where they are, or abroad and willing to go anywhere to get into the premier league. This chap fits into the former.

    BUT – I read that Micah Richards may be available. If we’re going to sign someone who’s lost form, I’d rather it was a left-back.

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  • Brettoon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Don’t know much about him tbh

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #25

    Micha richards was never a realy good defender, he just had pace and atm he is overweight and has lost most it, rubbish.

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  • AussieToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #26

    shearermania #14

    Yep, the Melbourne Victory clinched it with the victory over Wellington, went to the game, played pretty decent football, and adelaide drew with central coast so we finished on top!

    Will be an interesting finals series, very close between adelaide and melbourne!

    Toon_Sydney – yeah not a good season from your lot, Kosmina is to blame, but you’ll bounce back.

    Anyway lads, happy australia day and Howay the lads!

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  • WesToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Toon_Sydney

    AHAHAHAHA well put mate,touche(spelling)

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #28

    agreed, Ericles.

    havent seen much of him but he’s relatively young and if he can teach even younger enrique when to make those runs and when just to get rid of the damn ball, we’d be set.

    goodnight from america boys! too much whiskey tonight!

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #29

    micah richards has lost it? haha hes 20 yrs old FFS and has 11 england caps to his name, hes not even anywhere near finshed growing and learning as a player so how can he possibly have lost it, hes out of form but thats cos hes crap at CB but class at RB and thats where he needs to go back to playing

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    That bad, eh? Normally I’d like to see us get him back up to his best, but I don’t think we have time..

    I JUST WANT A NEW LEFT BACK…

    WAAAA!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #31

    Who said he’s lost it an d yes, I agree he is far and away better at RB. Still been absolutely useless this season and looks slow, he was never a great natural defender.

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Nick 69 – totally agree

    Tom_Toon – you have to give the lad a chance, he’s still only young and was fantastic in his first few games for England.

    I agree he’s a bit heavy at the minute but all he needs is good coaching

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #33

    WesToon where you from?

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #34

    Has anyone seen any glimmer of light that may indicate we’ve got a decent new LB on the way? Please? Anyone…?

    (Except AO, of course)

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  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #35

    Sorry Whumpie, I’ve heard nothing linking us to any left backs yet

    Apparently that Raitala can play there, but he could be rubbish fot all I know of him.

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  • WesToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Im from Joburg Shot Bru,i can tell by ur name that you are South african to,where you from??

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  • Shot Bru

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #37

    From Newcastle originally but lived in Durban most of my days. Live in Scotland now, are you still in Joburg?

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  • super.trooper

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #38

    Michelle Mcmanus would be a cheaper alternative more in line with the clubs transfer spending and wage structure. She would also be more realistic.

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  • WesToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #39

    WOW Shot Bru,wish i was you mate!! Been to Newcastle a couple of times to watch the Toon.

    But yea still in Joburg,just came back from The durban area(South Coast,Margate) still as beautiful & hot as ever!!

    HINT HINT,any1 got a job for me in Newcastle?? HAHAHA

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  • WesToon

    Jan 26, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #40

    @ super.trooper

    Defoe = sold 7-10 Million
    Defoe = Bought back 15 Million
    HAHAHAHAHAH

    Chimbonda = Sold 6 Million
    Chimbonda = Bought back 10 Million
    HAHAHAHAHAH

    Paul Robinson = Sold 5 Million
    Paul Robinson = Bought back 12 Million????
    HAHAHAHAHAH

    So Funny AO its pathetic

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