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Newcastle Said To Be After Two Spanish Center Backs

Expect Newcastle manager Chris Hughton to be be bombarded with calls from football agents trying to get their players to Newcastle in the summer.

José Manuel Flores Moreno – are Newcastle interested?

And of course it has already started with news today in the Sunday Sun that Newcastle are being offered two Spanish central defenders, as the plans are starting to pick up Tyneside for the return to the Premier League.

Spanish international Pablo Ibanez, who was born in Madrigueras, is available from Atletico Madrid, and is said to be offered to Newcastle.

But the 6’3″ player is already 28 years old and turns 29 in August, so if the rules that we’ll bring in only players 26 or younger, then forget about Pablo.

He has 23 caps for Spain, but we think he is too old.

The other player mentioned in the report is 23 year-old Spanish Under-21 player  Jose Manuel  Flores Moreno.

Jose has 3 caps at the U-21 levels and has played 41 times for his current club, Almeria.

Apparently Almeria have just turned down a £2.2M bid for the player from Serie A side Genoa, and Sevilla are also said  to be interested in the 6’1″ center-back, who was born in Cadiz, Spain.

But with Coloccini,  Steven Taylor, Williamson and Tamas Kadar currently fighting it out in central defense on Tyneside, we would seriously doubt Newcastle need a new center-back, unless they plan to sell either Coloccini or Taylor in the summer.

Or maybe they plan to send out Tamas Kadar on loan next season.

We don’t think they will sell any of our current central defenders, who have all looked very good this season.

And we are a little surprised that currently 55% of our readers are in favor of Newcastle signing Fitz Hall from QPR.   We voted no – now th truth comes out!

Fitz of course is 29, and may be too old if that age barrier of 26 or younger holds up in the summer transfers to Newcastle, although he seems a smashing lad.

And we have to remember that there will be many reports on Newcastle being after new players this summer, and many is an understatment.

And it’s always hard to know which reports are accurate.

We would think we need to bring players in at right back, central midfield, winger and striker – those are the four positions that would seem to make sense.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • UTD111

    Apr 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    The london media darlings are also out to unsettle Taylor – being linked with West Ham ffs!!

  • tdt

    Apr 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    its always fun to see the crap the papers come up with: for example the sunday sun also reports this mornign that arsenal are interested in a £5m bid for a certain Mr Nolan. Come off it – thats been plucked out of thin air!

    I take all newapaper speculation – especially on a Sunday – with a bucket load of salt.

    We should be looking to buy lots of youngsters with whatever transfer funds are available, along with maybe 3 first-teamers.

    After all, we dont need to gut this squad, only add to it.

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Long time reader, first time poster:

    If Colo, Williamson or Taylor gets injured, we have Kadar, but he is untested in the premiership and the advantage of both Kadar and Taylor is that they can play at fullback, left and right respectively. So i think we do need one more.

    1 centre back – Marc Wilson / J. Flores Moreno
    1 left back – Fabio / Van Aanholt (on loan)
    1 centre midfielder – Joe Ledley / O’Hara
    1 striker – Robbie Keane / Charlie Austin
    1 winger – Gamst Pederson / Andrew Driver

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 18, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed- The reason people said yes they want to sign Fitz is because he’s cheap, loves the club , never stops trying, experienced

  • Newutd

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #5

    while the rest sees that he just doesn’t cut it;)

  • TinoAsprilla

    Apr 18, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #6

    sign him as back up if it makes financial sense

  • baro

    Apr 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7

    If had choice i would sign Chico instead. Chico is younger. Jose Manuel Flores Moreno. Chico is his nickname.

    Hey Ed, we also want Loic Damour. 19 year old promising Midfielder. Roumored the next best for France. The starlet is playing for u19 France.

  • baro

    Apr 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Loic Damour interest by Newcastle.

  • baro

    Apr 18, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #9


    This is the link for Loic Damour interest by Newcastle. I hope we get him. Just keep getting players for the future. Already got Haris Vuckic!

  • muna

    Apr 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #10

    sign crusat from almeria…
    phenomenal pace n flair..


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