Modibo Maiga and Erik Pieters Are January Targets


It seems that Newcastle will be bringing in some new players in January.

Danny Simpson – position under threat at Newcastle

But some will also be leaving,  and the writing seems to be on the wall for Danny Simpson, and it appears he could be the next player  to make a move away from Newcastle.

Simpson even came close to leaving Newcastle for Aston Villa on Wednesday, but it would seem that Newcastle will now be after another full-back, and maybe they can bring in Erik Pieters of PSV in  January, and play Davide Santon at right back.

But there’s no doubt that Newcastle scouts will be checking on a number of full-backs over the next few months, and while they are doing that, they could also look for another center-back to strengthen the Newcastle defense in general.

It seems that Newcastle are not convinced that Simpson is the right man for the right back position, but they offered him a five year contract, but he has not signed that.

Sorry to be so picky, but if they think he’s not the right man for the job, why offer him a  five year deal?

Simpson’s position in the side is under threat, and even young James Tavernier could be challenging for that right back position before the end of the season, and certainly Simpson would not be happy sitting on the bench.

Another combination could be playing Shane Ferguson at left back and Davide Santon at right back, two young 20 years olds on Tyneside.

It seems that Simpson would like to stay on Tyneside, but there has been interest in him from Aston Villa, Glasgow Celtic and QPR over the summer, and from what the Sunday Sun is reporting today, it seems Newcastle would be willing to sell him.

We think Newcastle could still bring Dutch International Erik Pieters to Tyneside in January, and apparently Newcastle were close to signing Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga on Wednesday.

Maiga  is one Newcastle will go after again in January, at least according to today’s Sunday Sun, but we think that Pappa Demba Cisse would be an even better buy from SC Freidburg.

One thing we’d hope Newcastle will do, if they are indeed to bring new players in during January, is to work on the deals now, and get the new players through the door in early January.

It’s all a little bit early to talk about what Newcastle will do in the January window, after they failed to get the job done and bring in a  new number 9 striker over the summer.

But if the club can tie up some deals before January, and then bring them in early in January, that would be good news for Newcastle fans.

Hope springs eternal.

Comments welcome.



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83 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    1st?

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  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah yeees!!!!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s good that they’re targets, but can we get them in?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    ed please stop weve just been kicked in the teeth over these two players after having our hopes built up and dashed yet again and now your giving us a 3mth build up for the next kick in the teeth.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Simmos future is rightfully in doubt.
    I don’t get the people touting him for England, he’s currently out squads weakest link imo.
    The sooner he’s replaced, he’s a MAJOR liability in the team atm.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    I wouldnt mind selling Simpson for like 4 mill then buying Pieters for 6 mill. Not gonna happen though 🙂

    Boom
    Ed just reports whats been in the press. Its up to you if you decide to believe it or not. If you choose not to then you wont be left disapointed.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought Lambarse didnt like the Jan window as clubs overpriced their players.

    We won’t sign anyone in January.

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  • wynsleap

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Maiga and Pieters are January targets?
    Of course they are Ed – now you have a nice day.
    And don’t forget to turn off that coffee when you wake up.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Stuart
    Hahaha welcome to the dark side my friend

    No we wont sign anyone of any merit in January again this is just window dressing to keep us quiet

    And planning to let Simpson leave is about right for our club we are very weak in defence and already planning to make ourselves weaker

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  • NottsGeordie

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Hopefully a few players that only have 6 months left on their contract are available when January comes.

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  • sparetheman

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Why do The Sun think we need ANOTHER right-back? Santon, Simpson, R.Taylor, Perch, Tavenier… I think we have enough natural right-backs – can we have a left-footed full back now please? I don’t think it’s too much to ask.

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  • tom tomb

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Not this crap again! Same scenario, build up the hopes and do f-all!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    @Stuart

    I wouldn’t be so sure, it seems two of our targets only has 6 months left at that time, they would be available on cut-price deals. The clubs would have SOME money for them, than none at all.
    Cause they KNOW we’ll pounce on them as soon as they’re free.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Dannyo

    Which players have 6 months left on their contracts?

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  • Stuart

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Normally I wouldnt mind Simpson leaving, but as you say WWJBD, we are already significantly weakened in defence and if hes sold he probably wont be replaced until the next summer, even then it’ll probably be some free transfer.

    Haha, I’ve crossed right over like now WWJBD.

    The thing that got me is the players we signed are all good, but with the money we should’ve had at our disposal, they should have been the early window foundation with which to build on, getting them in cheap therefore freeing up money to spend on the big targets that would get us challenging at least the top 8.

    Instead we spent £300k overall and Mike Ashley got richer again.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    @Dannyo – If thats the case the club will probably try to wait it out and get them on a free in the summer.

    In the process probably missing out on them as other clubs will buy them in january lol.

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  • PlasticGeordie101

    Sep 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    This is like groundhog day. Let’s forget about January window Ed please! We can’t take any more transfer torture until then. Let’s focus on the team we have. I think we have some pretty good strikers (Best, Ba, Sammy) who are going to be fed some great balls by some superb midfielders (Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Marvaux).

    Here’s my big bet – I don’t think come January that we’ll all be focussing on getting in a new striker at all. Best and Ba will be Geordie heroes by then. The focus will be on replacing Simpson.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Stuart
    Hahaha aye you are well under the ‘negger’ banner now arent ya 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Dannyo
    Which targets? Maiga, Cisse and Pieters are all contracted until 2014

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  • sparetheman

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Also, please can everyone stop banging on about centre-forwards – getting a proper left-back and cover for our centre-backs is so much more essential. If Colo or S.Taylor get injured we’re actually screwed.

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  • ross armstrong

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    our best team in my opinion!!!

    GOALKEEPER – KRUL , ELLIOT , HARPER , SODERBERG

    KRUL

    LEFT BACK – RYAN TAYLOR , PERCH , SANTON , FERGUSON

    SANTON

    RIGHT BACK – TAVERNIER , SIMPSON , RYAN TAYLOR

    RAYLOR

    CENTER HALF – COLLO , SAYLOR , WILLO , KADAR

    COLLO AND SAYLOR

    LEFT MIDFIELD – BENNY , FERGUSON , MARVEAUX , JONAS

    JONAS

    RIGHT MIDFIELD – OBERTAN , RAYLOR , GOSLING

    OBERTAN

    CENTER MIDFIELD – CABAYE , TIOTE , GOSLING, GUTHRIE

    CABAYE AND TIOTE

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER – SAMEOBI , VUKIC , BENNY

    BENNY

    STRIKERS – SHOLA , BEST , LOVENKRANDS , BA

    BEST

    that leaves me with

    krul
    raylor saylor collo santon
    obertan cabaye tiote gutierez
    benny
    best

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  • Llambias said that some of the money from Carroll would be kept for emergency buys in January. In the board we trust. 🙁

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  • cyprus

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #23

    Ed and Tony thanks for paying attention to several people’s remarks and adding our star player to the banner above.

    @9 our defence may not be as bad as u say and is a bit of an insult to them: Conceded one goal. Includes 3 internationals. One quality CB hasn’t featured yet. Young prospects not playing.

    Our problem is elsewhere mate. But Best-Ba may come good when king BA is back.

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  • PlasticGeordie101

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #24

    @Ross Armstrong

    Looks like a top 10 team to me! 😉

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #25

    @Notts

    Sorry, i misread an bit of the article in the Sun, currently there’s only Pieters who i know of who’s in his last year of contract.
    Not two, just one.

    I read: “Theclub’s recruitment team has been told to put together a list of players with six months left on their contracts.”
    And then something about Maiga afterwards, but Maiga recently joined them… My bad!

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  • Stuart

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Getting a proper LB?!? We’ve got inters first choice bloody left back, tipped to be a world class player, what more do you want?

    Is Phillip Lahm not a proper LB because he’s right footed?

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27

    @WWJBD

    Isn’t Pieters in his last year?

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  • ross armstrong

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #28

    PlasticGeordie101 // Sep 4, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    @Ross Armstrong

    Looks like a top 10 team to me!

    top 7 😉

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  • ross armstrong

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #29

    wish the league was finished now lol , would be lovely 🙂

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  • ross armstrong

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #30

    6th!!!

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    i chose not to believe the naggers for ages now im afraid to say i am a negger and i dont ever see this shower spending and if we spend in january id be inclined to say be afraid of what happens in summer be very afraid cos itll be goodbye to whichever player commands the highest transfer fee my guess is krul or cheick

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #33

    Stuart
    In all fairness Santon isnt Inters first choice LB he just covered for injuries….I would still take Pieters and have them fight it out for LB position

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    @WWJBD

    Oh bloody hell, forget everything i said then.
    All we’ll get in January is snow…
    Seems PSV knows how to do business too.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #35

    wwjbd there u go more lies we wont be getting pieters anyway

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    @WWJBD
    @Stuart

    Why not take Pieters and have Santon cover RB?
    If Pieters need to cover injuries in CB u can still shift Santon back to LB.
    The wonders of versatility.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #37

    Haha fair one WWJBD, he is completely comfortable playing LB like, just gets on my nerves when people ask for a proper one because hes right footed.

    Ideal world though I would get a left back and switch him over to the right like, double whammy, get a new LB in and get Simpson out of the first team.

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  • PlasticGeordie101

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Best in the No.9 shirt by end of the season. Anyone think this is likely to happen???

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  • Daft_lad

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #39

    @ Dannyo

    Pieters is contracted until 2014……signed a 2 year extension earlier this year on top of his current deal…..

    I can see Simpson going in January for sure….maybe 3.5m or thereabouts but

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  • Stuart

    Sep 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #40

    @plastic – Nope. No matter how well he does this season I dont think anyone will even think about filling the number 9 shirt until next summer.

    Unless a miracle happens and MA opens his wallet in January.

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