We’ve been doing a little bit of Sherlock Holmes today, and we think maybe the player who will join Newcastle on a permanent basis in January is Leon Cort of Stoke City.
Leon Cort – on his way to Tynesiode in January
The 30 year old 6’2" center-back is probably available for around £1M, and Derek LLmabias said today:
“If Chris sees a player he wants to buy for a million pounds or so we will go out and get him for the team.”
Newcastle have only senior center-backs at the club full time, with Zurab Khizanishvili here on loan until December and of course the very promising 19 year-old Tamas Kadar – who is definitely one for the future, and did his reputation no harm at all, with a stellar performance on Monday night at Sheffield United.
It could well be that Chris wants to bring in another permanent center-back in January (why not Khizanishvili?) and it could be Cort that’s he’s after.
Apparently Hughton wanted Cort on a loan basis earlier this season, but instead plumped for Georgian international Khizanishvili from Blackburn Rovers.
We expect Cort ot be drafted by Newcastle at some point,m although that probably means no bid for Sheffield United center-back, unless we can get him in on loan.
It’s starting to get very interested, but with loan players we could fill out the squad with 4-5 good players – and that would probably even suffice with Joey Barton (January) and Shola ( December) both coming back.
We may have this wrong – but what do you think?