The Bleacher report had a very good piece out yesterday which is doing the rounds of Newcastle fans and the web-site has identified 11 players, mostly young and British, who would be good buys for Newcastle. They estimate the cost of those 11 players at £31M for Newcastle.
Alan Shearer – plenty of young talent to choose from
So that means we could get 5 or 6 of these lads for Seb Bassong – put that way it looks a good deal for Newcastle.
Here we profile 5 of them with some additional background information – and we will continue these reports with 5 each time over the next week or so with others not ifdentified in the bleacher report – so we at least know who is available – you’ll be surprised how good some of these lads seem to be.
Daniel Fox – Coventry City – 22
Daniel is a left back who we were said to be interested in last January, and is said to be keen top join the Magpies. He was at Walsall before joining Coventry last year and played for Richard Money there.
Daniel Fox was said to be close to moving to St James Park on the last day of January in what was said to be a £1.6M deal, Janyary – but that seemed very much on the cheap side, since this player is highly rated.
After the window closed Coventry officials said they had recived an offer from Newcatsle but the fee was ludicrously low. This lad has a growing reputation and if signed we could could allow Enrique to leave the club, with Tamas Kadar a more than able left back too.
The England U-21 international – he started the game earlier this year against Poland on March 25th for his only cap – has been more than impressive for Coventry this season, making 42 appearances and scoring for them 4 times.
Daniel played 99 times at Walsall with 6 goals, from 2005 until earlier this year, and he seems the type of player Newcastle are trying to sign under owner Mike Ashley – top youngsters who are still improving, and will be further developed at the Newcastle club.
The 6′ 1″ Fox began his career at the Everton Youth Academy in 2004, and was on on loan at Stranrear in Scotland, playing 11 games and scoring for them once in 2004, while still only 18. He then moved to Walsall in 2005, where he played under Richard Money, who was then Walsall manager, and is now Newcastle’s Youth Academy Director, so Richard could be the link in this transfer.
Earlier this year, before Fox moved to Coventry City, Richard described him as the complete player. Daniel Fox was born in May, 1986 in Winsford, Cheshire, and is said to be very keen to join the Magpies.
Kyle Naughton – Sheffield United – 20
The 20 year old right full back has played for Sheffield United about 20 times, so he lacks the experience to make the move up to the Premier League, bt may a top target for Newcastle in the summer.
Naughton is a product of the Sheffield United Centre of Excellence and Academy, and joined his home town club at age 7 years old and captained the academy side to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup in the 2006–07 season.
Naughton is not yetn a proven player but has put in some top class performances and he does look like a very good emerging youngster. Kyle was born in Sheffield, and he is a quick, attacking wing-back who can apparently also operate on either flank.
During the 2007/08 season he went away on loan and was impressive during his 18 games at Gretna, despite their relegation from the Scottish Premier League that season. Newcastle were said to be eying a bid of £1.5M for the player in January, but they may have to go higher than that to get Kyle.
Naughton made his first start for Sheffield United in their 2-1 victory over Watford last September and from that point on he made the right back position his own. And then after just eleven league appearances, Naughton was called up for the England Under-21 side, and in the 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane, he came on in the 60 minute.
He has played 40 times for Sheffield United with one goal, and has two England Under-21 caps.
Fabien Delph – Leeds -19
The latest young whiz kid we were after last January was the Leeds United midfield youngster Fabian Delph but Premier League clubs like Fulham, Sunderland and Arsenal are also interested.
The lad turned 19 years last November, and he has already been capped at the England Under-21 level and has been at Leeds United since he was 11 years old, having previously been at his home town club, Bradford.
The news is that Newcastle have reportedly had a recent bid in January rejected for the 5’9″ midfileder, but Sunderland and Arsenal are also very keen to sign him.
Leeds value Delph at an amazing £5M but Leeds United seem confident the teenager will be staying at Elland Road.
He has played 44 times for Leeds with 6 goals.
Sean Scannell – Crystal Palace – 18
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has reportedly slapped a £3M price tag on Croydon-born Scannell, who has represented Ireland at Under-18 level.
Sean has played 49 times for Palace and scored 4 goals, but Arsenal may be interested.
Sean Scannell (born 17 September 1990, in Croydon, London) currently plays for Crystal Palace, and is primarily a striker but can also play on the right wing if necessary.
Scannell made his debut for Crystal Palace on 4th December 2007, coming on as a substitute for Franck Songo’o. In his home debut against Sheffield Wednesday on 15 December, he again came on to replace Songo’o in the second half and scored a 90th minute winner, his first senior goal in a 2-1 victory for Crystal Palace. Following this,
Scannell was offered a two and a half year professional contract with Palace, and in order to beat off interest from, among others, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton and Blackburn Rovers,, and he signed the contract at the beginning of the year, and celebrated by scoring Palace’s second goal in a 3-0 victory at Molineux against Wolverhampton Wanderers the following weekend.
He is described as an exciting player with searing pace (that’s what we need for the Championship) and is one of many talents to emerge from Palace’s academy in the last few years. He has also won the Crystal Palace Young Player of the Year Award 2008.
Mark Beevers – Sheffield Wednesday – 18
We have already reported on Newcastle’s interest in Sheffield Wednesday’s 18-year-old center half Mark Beevers going bck to last December.
18 year-old Mark is a 6′ 4″ defender who was born in Barnsley, England, and was recently placed on standby for the England under-19s game against Croatia on 5 February 2008. He has just one cap for the England U19 side.
Mark made his senior debut at Southampton in January 2007 at age 17, giving an accomplished display at the heart of the defense. He had joined the club at age 12. He is strong in the air and good in the tackle and has continued to progress during his first full-time campaign at Hillsborough.
Mark has played 57 times so far for the Owls and has scored one goal.
Here’s a link to the Bleacher report we talked about – and they also suggest the fees, but we think the fees may be difficult to predict for some of these players.
Comments always welcome.