Newcastle Linked With Cort – But Is Williamson Deal Still On?

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.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 25, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #1

    I would deffo take Cort on loan, he isn’t up to the prem, but in this division, he’s as reliable as they come, a good old fashioned, no frills centre back. Exactly what we need in this division.

  • DJG

    Jan 25, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Titus Bramble, Aaron Hughes, Boumsong and Steven Carr.

    Im joking, but the sickening thing is they are playing at a higher level and wouldnt want to come anyway.

  • DJG

    Jan 25, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #3

    On a serious note isnt Peter Ramage struggling to get a game at QPR. Not bad for cover.

  • Thump

    Jan 25, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Why would we want a player struggling to get a game in thus league? We need to be looking at prem throwaways at worst – not CCC throwaways at best.

  • giimps

    Jan 25, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #5

    We cant afford Prem class players, we`l be lucky to get someone on loan………..MIKE ASHLEY WILL NOT SPEND ANY MONEY ON NEWCASTLE UNITED, we will have to make do, and if the £30,000 wage cap is in place (if we go up ) we will go straight back down again, even burnley and birmingham city, wigan and blackburn have a higher wage ceiling than this.
    WAKE UP YOU FAT COCKNEY $£”%$£%£%, you will be lucky to get league 1 players next season if those are the wages you are paying !!!!!

  • Thump

    Jan 25, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I think it’s widely agreed that the wage cap is for this season. The problem isn’t the wage cap, it’s that he’s halving it for personal terms. I mean look at Simpson only being offered 10k wages

  • Whumpie

    Jan 25, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7


    Gnnnneaaauuuurrrrrrr…. don’t even know where to start with that post, it’s so wide of the mark.

    I know it’s a new concept, but what’s happened here is that the management have put a strategy in place before the window, and they’re working through the window to get the best, most appropriate players on the right deals without wasting money.

    Mad idea, but it could just catch on.

    Of course, they could totally screw the pooch again, but I don’t see how we can assume that so comprehensively – even given their awful record.

  • Wallsend Will

    Jan 25, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Mike Williamson at 26 years old needs to be more than a big lad with potential. He’s a bit unknown in either the premiership or championship.

    It appears that only Tony Adams when manager at Wycombe Wanderers played him enough to form an opinion. In total, he made 144 league appearances for Wycombe, scoring 11 league goals during his time at the club. Other than Wycombe he has’nt played enough games to make a judgement. Anybody actually seen him play? (or seen a video on “youtube” Ha Ha)

  • Daftus Doofus

    Jan 25, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #9

    “we think Williamson could turn out to be more than a decent acquisition.”

    Actually, we think that Newcastle will fail to go up if we sign 2nd rate dross like Williamson or Leon Cort (who???).
    Double actually, we think that it is a waste of time Newcastle getting promoted anyway until Fatso has sold up and taken the Dodgy Streaker with him.
    Treble actually, by the middle of next month we think that we will be down into 4th place in the league and we think that we will be totally unable to do anything about it due to the FCB keeping his hands in his pockets. So much for the 5 million or so the FCB PROMISED to invest after he got off lightly with the Keegan tribunal.

    Mediocrity is almost upon us, 3 more weeks and we think that we will be unfortunately proven to be correct in our assumptions.

  • bri_2k4

    Jan 25, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10

    i think we could tempt a few players to the club with a wage cap mainly because why would we want to be in a possion this time next year with lazy layabouts who are earning 70 to 80k a week when we can have the likes of simpson for 30k who is more then good enough for the prem we should be saying earn your wage and then youll get your wage not just giving people 70 grand because they played well for there old clubs look at owen on 110k a week was ok for real came to us and was shite :S were as mike williamson woudl be a good shot for 20k a week even if it is to see if he is any good fair enough offering 60k a week when we can afford it but when we are jsut going up we wont even be able to afford anything dotn get me wrong i hate ashley with i vengance but i strongly belive his head is in it but his heart isnt and thats why we need a local suporter/bussnisman to be chairman not some cockney car salesman lambiarse !!!! come on the MAGS

  • Tramp

    Jan 25, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Just heard Hughton speaking on SSN.

    We have signed Williamson on a 3 year deal.

  • bri_2k4

    Jan 25, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #12

    oh yeah sorry the reson we can tempt them is the fact we are newcastle united how many players would turn the opertunity down to play in front of our fans unless your a sad makem basterd(killgallon)

  • ziad

    Jan 25, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Hope we get someone soon . We need cover and CH knows it. But not sure how much ashley is giving him for transfers.

  • Thump

    Jan 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye ssn is reporting we’ve signed williamson

  • Edd Case

    Jan 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #15

    I think we will sign Williamson and I think he’ll be something of a Matt Elliott (Leicester City) player for us.
    Elliott was in a very similar position when bought, i.e. no one really knew of him but after a few seasons with Leicester City, he was being sought after by Liverpool, Celtic, Villa and even Newcastle i recall.

  • jimiley

    Jan 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #16

    We think the fat one is sucking NUFC dry.
    We think we will sign nobody of consequence because the fat one will always offer derisory bids or offensive wages.
    We think we might sign a couple of Championship cast offs on loan and we think we should be satisfied because we think we are a big club.
    We think the quality of players the fat one is considering this window will make NUFC a much better team.
    We think NUFC plays like Arsenal and does not play headball like Wimbledon or Stoke.
    We think we will not get promoted because the fat one refuses to spend a few million on players.
    We think we will be blessed with the fat one for more seasons when we do not get promoted because he cannot sell the club.
    We think this club is slowly dying on its feet and we are all sleepwalking to oblivion.
    We think you should smell the coffee Ed instead of seeing this disaster called Mike Ashley with rose tinted specs. Painting a rosy picture of everything does the club and its supporters a disservice.

  • G

    Jan 25, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Bleedin ‘ell, the doom and gloom merchants are out in numbers again I see? Guys, we are top of our division, with a game in hand on 2nd spot, so come on, get behind the team and stop crucifying them for something that may or may not happen. I guarantee you that each and every player we have wants to play in the Prem. Help them do it with us, not condemn them so they lose interest.

  • Daftus Doofus

    Jan 26, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #18

    We are not crucifying the team in any way or form. We are crucifying the FCB and his lack of ambition.
    We are speaking from the heart and not the head.


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