Newcastle will soon need to make a decision on which center-back they will bring into the club for the rest of the season.
Chris Hughton – linked with Leon Cort again
With Steven Taylor being injured, and out for an unknown period of time, as we know it today, it’s important to get an experienced central defender in very quickly, so he can start to play alongside Fabricio Coloccini.
Tamas Kadar is a good up-and-coming player, but at 19 years-old, he ‘s still learning his trade, and mistakes will inevitably be made, because of his lack of experience.
It seems that we are linked again to Stoke City’s 30 year-old 6’3″ Leon Cort, a player Hughton is said to admire, and we reported yesterday that Newcastle may (not sure if this is true) be interested in Birmingham defender Martin Taylor.
Chris Hughton addressed the situation today:
“There will be lots of names mentioned. It’s just a question of making decisions on who we want to bring in at the right price.”
“We’ve had targets in mind all along, and it’s about getting the ones we need in the areas we need, and centre-half is the biggest priority.”
There may still be a chance of singing Portsmouth 26 year-old Mike Williamson.
The Vital Football site for Newcastle reported last night that Sky Sports were reporting that deal would be reached within the next day or so, and that Newcastle had agreed to lift their fee from £925K to £1.2M.
Presumably that was to to allow Watford to get something out of this deal, since they are still owed money from Pompey for the original deal last September.
But we couldn’t find the referenced report on Sky Sports, so we didn’t report this last night – but hey – we hope the report is true, because we think Williamson could turn out to be more than a decent acquisition.
Let us know what you think, regarding the vital center-back position, and who we should be pursuing.