Newcastle Said To Be After Motherwell Center-Back

The local press were saying that Newcastle were watching Everton goalkeeper John Ruddy, on loan at St. Mirren, on Tuesday evening, when Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was seen at the St. Mirren vs Motherwell game.

Mark Reynolds – Motherwell’s 22 year-old Scottish U21 International

But today the Newcastle Journal says that’s not true and Chris was really watching Scottish Under-21 international center-back Mark Reynolds.

The 22 year-old 5’11” player was born in Motherwell and has played 164 times for his home town club with 4 goals.

He has 8 appearances for the Scotland U21 side, and has played once for the Scotland B team.

Motherwell manager Craig Brown has admitted there has been interest in his player and the lad has already been linked with Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and PSV Eindhoven.

Glasgow Rangers made a bid for the player 19 months ago, and the bid was said to be around £750K.

Motherwell rejected the offer but manager Brown expects the local lad to leave soon:

“I don’t know about the Dutch but I know of interest from England because I’ve spoken to one or two managers who have asked me about him,”

“I can only give him the highest possible praise – he is outstanding. He deserves a successful career at the top level.

“To go to England, the finance is totally different and it would be a good move for him.

“Not a good move for us but it would be a good move for Mark Reynolds and it would be churlish of us not to give him that opportunity if it comes.”

The question we had when we were supposed to be going after John Ruddy was why – because we have Harper, Krul and Forster at the Tyneside club.

So we assumed that would only be true if Chris was going to let one of the goalkeepers go in the summer.

We have a similar question here because we have center-backs Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and young Tamas Kadar already fighting it out for the central defensive positions at Newcastle.

There are continual rumors that Mike Ashley will try to offload the high earning Fabricio Coloccini in the summer.

And if indeed Newcastle are looking to bring in another center-back, that rumor will become intensified.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • singamagpie

    Mar 11, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Thank God Chris wasn’t looking at a GK; we have 3 good ones and it’ll be a shame if one of them go. As for Mark Reynolds- I dunno much about him, but looking at his records, 40+ games per season since 06/07 and still only 22. Shows how much they rate him at Motherwell. Young, experienced, unknown, hungry and doesn’t cost a fortune- Sounds like a decent buy!

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 11, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Collo has been good this season but I can completely understand if he is gotten rid of as he is not worth the money he is being paid. If we can get anywhere near what we paid for him I would let him go but I think it will take a season of good premiership football for someone to pay anywhere near 10 mill for him.

  • Ericles

    Mar 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #3

    May be worthwhile. Again – time we checked the talent across the border. We know Ashley will try all sorts of dodges to trim the wage bill so we will need replacements to fill the gaps he will try and create. Will it be NUFC back in the Premier so that the fat man can sell our “Premier” players?

  • xfer

    Mar 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Colo could still be a good deal come next season. Dont forget he came over to a totally different type of league, one thats extremely physical compared to the Spanish league.

  • toonloon

    Mar 11, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, Ruddy is on loan at MOTHERWELL not St. Mirren. Not that it’s likely to arise much more often, but remember it’s a journalistic truism that credibility erodes with every little mistake, especially those which are repeated.

    By the way Reynolds is a fine young player who can play anywhere across the back four so they may not necessarily be thinking of him purely as a centre back.

  • G

    Mar 11, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #6

    I appreciate all of the speculation and what-not, but lets be honest, surely CH is doing what a good manager should, and looking at options. If it was the GK he was looking at, fair play, there may be things we haven’t seen that CH sees as weakness, as for the CB (Colo) position, lets hope that he has indeed seen a rough diamond, as the defence in the SPL usually looks inadequate to cope with the pace of ‘Pound-land 3rd Division, Wednesday afternoon drug abusers league!’. Frankly, I feel that if he is looking at options / contingencies, this can only be a good thing, and preparation for worst case scenario at the very worst?

  • Sav

    Mar 12, 2010 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #7

    If we get back up and if and when senior players like Colo, Nolan, Smith etc. are due for contract renewal talks, I doubt Ashley is going to renew them at their current rate, given that there’s a 10k/week cap applying to latest signings.
    Even if he raises that ceiling in the PL, he’s still not going to renew Colo on 8ok or whatever he’s on – I don’t care how good he is. We’ve been warned by Llambiarse we aren’t competing with the top clubs for the foreseeable future.
    So in that event, CH has to be aware of cheaper possible replacements and build a dossier on who’s who.


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