Newcastle After Aston Villa’s Curtis Davies

News this afternoon in the Evening Chronicle, that Chris Hughton is trying to bring in Aston Villa’s Curtis Davies on loan.

Curtis Davies – 24 year old is target of Newcastle United

The 24-year-old center-back has had a bad season in terms of injuries with a persistent shoulder injury, and has not played for Villa since last August.

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has lots of choice with defenders, and he may elect to send Curtis out on loan, so that he can get games and fully recover from the injury.

Davies was a Newcastle target a few seasons back when he was at West Bromwich Albion.

A Birmingham source told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Curtis is keen to play first-team football again for obvious reasons after injury.”

“There are a clutch of sides after him and one is Newcastle United.”

“It all depends on if Martin O’Neill can give him a chance of regular football at Villa.”

There’s no doubt the 6ft 2in defender would be an excellent acquisition to the Newcastle squad through the end of the season, and it  could be that if he does well, he could be a Newcastle target in the summer.

Aston Villa paid around £8M for the West Brom player, when he was transferred to Villa in 2008.

Last season Davies was actually in the Villa side that ensured Newcastle were relegated in the last game of last season, when they beat the Magpies 1-0 at Villa Park, to break Geordie hearts around the world.

Curtis, who was born in Leytonstone, started his career with Luton Town in 2003, before he moved to WBA in 2005 for £3M. He played 56 times (2 goals) for Luton and until 2008 played 65 times for WBA with 2 goals.

He has played around 50 times for Aston Villa with three goals, and is an accomplished footballer.

Curtis played just 3 times for the England U21 team, at the same time our own Steven Taylor was in the side.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • pdiddy

    Jan 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    We can’t or won’t guarantee him regular or first team football ( it will upset the tight group of players we have). So I cannot see MON allowing Cutis to come here.
    WBA maybe?

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    If Davies was good enough for Martin O’Neill then subject to assurances about his fitness, then he must be a good acquistion for us.

    Off topic, but a bit of Newcastle United history for Mike Ashley to consider… if he’s at all interested of course!

  • lesh

    Jan 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    pdiddy, that sounds about right.

  • bri_2k4

    Jan 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    would be a good signing if it wasnt half way through a season maybee if he can prove his fitness then hopfully well try get him perm on the cheap for a prem push next year if tayler and colo wernt so strong at the mo i would snap mon hands off

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 21, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #5

    This is more like it. Davies is an accomplished centre back, who’s comfortable on the ball, strong in the tackle and is still developing. We need to be looking at good players on the margin of their own clubs starting line-ups – the type of players managers let go – like Danny Simpson. You’ve got players like Wilshere, Gibbs and Djourou at Arsenal, Davies at Villa, Macheda, Diouf and Tosic at Man Utd, Naughton at Spurs, Weiss at Man City, Kakuta at Chelsea, Jutkiewicz and Rodwell at Everton… The list is endless.

    We could bring some cracking players in if Hughton is clever enough.

  • Ericles

    Jan 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Pons Aelius is talking a lot of sense here. Hughton has got to look for potentiality in players, in other words the sort of diamonds that Wor Bobby found (and others lost). Surely, if we are going up, we are the sort of club these players should want to come to – just like Simpson.

  • bri_2k4

    Jan 21, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    yeah the only bad thing bobby did was tell amiobi he is one for the future its now the future and he is a pile lol would love players that you jsut mentioned but can we realy last in the prem with loaned stars because they will never be able to leave there clubs they are all great players for the future ??

  • chuck

    Jan 21, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Absolutely right, there are presently a whole bunch of young players at the big money clubs and you mentioned quite a few.
    These are youngsters who want to get their careers started by playing first team football with a PL side.
    Some may be available on loan some may consider a permanent move, but there`s plenty of young talent on most benches or reserve sides who could be tempted to come to the club.
    and many would be PL quality.
    Problem is there`s no real long term interest on our owners part, it`s simply get promoted then sell, with the minimum outlay to achieve promotion.
    Too bad really !


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