Leeds And Newcastle Battle It Out For Defender

There is a report out today that both Leeds United and Newcastle United have been in contact with Bolton Wanderers in an effort  to sign central defender Andy O’Brien.

Andy O’Brien – Bolton defender attracting interest

The Daily Mail is claiming that both clubs want O’Brien from the Reebok Stadium, to add some experience to their ranks for next season.

Andy will turn 31 at the end of this month but we have to think this is a regurgitated story.

There has been talk in the papers since December that Newcastle may be interested in Andy, who of course played at Newcastle from 2001, for Bobby Robson and stayed for 4 years at Newcastle, and only left when Graeme Souness had taken over as manager of the club.

But O’Brien is still under contract at Bolton and The mail is saying it will take  £1M to sign him, but Newcastle may not have that money and Andy just doesn’t fit the profile of players Chris Hughton, by his own admission, is after in the summer.

Chris has often said  he wants players under around 25 years of age, who can still improve.

What could make sense is for Newcastle to sign the player on loan for a season, and at the same time send young Hungarian Tamas Kadar out for a loan spell at some Championship club.

But we’d be very surprised if Andy ends up on Tyneside, although he’s a good player and always gives 100%.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • MarkO

    Jun 6, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    More Sunday rubbish

  • geordielad880

    Jun 6, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #2

    andy o brien is a decent player, but is at the end of his career, so wouldnt be a good signing, if he was on loan as cover, fair enough. And as for athletico been linked with jonas, i wouldnt even consider selling him, he is pretty much the only player we have that can beat a man, his final ball isnt great, but is improving, he takes pressure off the side during games, liverpool have been linked with enrique also, he is easily our best player, and we just cant sell him, i think he is worth £12-15 million now, in the premiership there is only a.cole, evra and maybe bale that are better left backs than him.

  • snoutshuffler

    Jun 6, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Paper talk, are they unaware we are just about ok at centre back?

    It’s up front where we need beefing up!, and on the wings, pace in midlfield, cover for Jose, a Rb……

  • Hoovernose

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Pants that’s Kadar’s job.

  • The-Ciaran8

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    biggest load of Bull since Sunderland.

  • Hoovernose

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #6


    I agree Jonas is the boy for taking players on but his success ratio of doing that and giving the ball away in our half has to be looked at. Give it away in the prem and Harper is going to get a bad back picking out of the back of the net .

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    he is disgraceful – bring him on loan but only as cover for colo, tayls, williamson and kadar – pay 70percent wages max

  • Ericles

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Paper talk again. Ignore.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #9


  • Geordie_Pants

    Jun 6, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #10


  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 6, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #11

    not good enough first time around

  • cyprus

    Jun 7, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda has said it all. But we must make sure we hold on to the really good personnel: Jonas (best player), Enrique (top-top left back), Carroll, etc. This is a good team which could grind out results against tough opposition all last season. Not pretty to watch, but solid. What do we need? A creative midfielder like Cole (not him, I know we can’t afford him, maybe Jonas can recommend a little known countryman?), a goalscorer who can ‘guarantee’ 15 goals, Tevez + Bellamy-style. ie. buy 2 players only, not 4-5 average ones.


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