New Center-Back To Arrive At Newcastle In January?

Birmingham City may be forced to sell some of their players in January to balance the books.

Liam Ridgewell – Newcastle target in January?

That will hardly help new manager Chris Hughton, who is busy doing extremely well at Blackburn Rovers,  after he had a terrific 18 months managing Newcastle United, when he got us promoted from the Championship with a massive 102 points in May last year.

Birmingham have won  six and drawn three of their last 9 games in all competitions, and have been climbing the Championship table, after a so so start to the season when they lost five of their first ten games.

The Birmingham fans have again been let down by the failure of the officials to run things well financially,  and of course it didn’t help when the owner,  Hong Kong tycoon Carson Yeung, was arrested and charged with money laundering  in June.

Newcastle tried to fortify their defensive options in late August by signing Liam Ridgewell, the former Aston Villa defender, and that deal could be back  on,  as he’s one of three players that Birmingham will need to sell in January.

The other two are  Nikola Zigic and Jean Beausejour, and Newcastle may try to get 20 year-old striker Nile Ranger into the deal for Ridgewell.

The news from inside Newcastle is they want to move Ranger away from the area for his own good, as he faces two drink charges and one assault charge from his behaviour off the pitch in the Newcastle City center over the last few months.

Birmingham have not been able to provide any funding to Chris Hughton  this season at all, and they have to sell before they can buy.

Chris tried to explain the situation and his relationship with acting Chairman Peter Pannu:

“I have a good relationship with Peter and there isn’t anything that has happened, or is likely to happen, that I won’t know about.”

“At this moment we are still a few months away from January and in that time nobody knows what might happen.”

With Newcastle doing so well this season, we expect the club to bring in at least three new players in January – a striker, a center-back and a central midfielder are the club’s  targets in January, according to the local  papers.

And with injuries starting to hit the small Newcastle squad,  we expect owner Mike Ashley to support manager Alan Pardew in the transfer market and even spend some money this January.

The Magpies must now stand an excellent chance of finishing in the top 7 of the Premier League next May, and qualify for the Europa Cup next season, when a much bigger squad will be needed.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • metaloverlord

    Nov 6, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #1

    A good decent centre half is definitely needed.

  • metaloverlord

    Nov 6, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #2

    We could also do with another forward as A.P. doesn’t seem to have much faith in our little Danish friend. Will be an interesting window, to see who we can get out as well as in. Ranger needs to go for his own health, there could well be cheeky bids for Colo and Tiote if the press have got it right. Though am I the only one who thinks that it’s great that the press haven’t got a clue what’s going on behind the walls of SJP.


    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3


    Its too early to speculate, whats going to happen in Jan!

    Your right though, i would prefer to be kept in the dark as far as regards comings and goings at SJP!

    And it works in our favour that the Press don,t know “diddly squat”! either!

  • Bluenose

    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Since when has Chris Hughton “been working a miracle” at Blackburn Rovers???. If you can’t get your facts straight how do you expect people to believe your stories?, FYI he’s working a miracle at Birmingham City !!!
    This is an old story about Ridgewell that goes back to August & to be honest I hope he joins you cos he don’t wanna be at Brum anymore, he’s been a waste of space this season, as for being a centre half, he’s useless in that position now as he’s been playing at left back for the last 3 seasons. Good luck!!!

  • Bucks85

    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Does anybody else see Nedum Onuoha as a viable alternative to Ridgewell? Whilst he may well have played for The Scum, last season, I think that he is a player with a great deal of potential who is unlikely to see any game time at Manchester City, any time soon. Perhaps, a cheeky £2m bid for a former England Under-21 teammate of Saylor would be a wise move. Just a thought! HWTL!

  • Klatoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Watching the game again,Guthrie’s range of passing is top notch,Sameobi is a bright prospect,HBA certainly improving looks like he’s regaining strength on the ball,chuckled when he easily brushd Drenthe off the ball. Ba and Best didnt link up as wel as in past games,Krul’s distribution in 2nd half was shaky. But overall it was a very good perfomance given we finished the game with a midfield that havent played an EPL game together.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we will not play our strongest side against man SHITy bad thing

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #8

    I think we will not play our strongest side against man SHITy because of injuries bad thing


    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Would happily have him can cover 2 positions and Birminghams defence was rather good in their relegation season him and Williamson back up would be pretty good

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    hughton must be knackered managing birmingham and Blackburn !

    Should be aiming a lot higher than an own goal specialist journeyman like Ridgewell

  • Graeme

    Nov 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Not sure Ridgewell would match up to Graham Carr’s standards and expectations to be honest!! I think he may well surprise us, yet again!!

    Would like to see Smith on his bike – he’s just milking his contract now, knows he isn’t going to get a game unless we get some serious injury problems. For his own sake, he needs to get back to playing football or he might as well retire!!

    A few good improvements in January and we could well be playing for a spot in Europe come the end of the season!!!

  • geoff777

    Nov 6, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12


    If Mike Ashley isn’t prepared to use some of his personal wealth to buy players, then we have a limited budget.

    If a striker is the main target then a cheap CB for the bench may be all we have cash for?

  • geoff777

    Nov 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13


    I’d be doing the same as Smith.
    He’s got a few months left in his career where he can earn 60k a week.
    Why would he give that up?

    If a loan deal could be arranged where he wasn’t making a financial loss, perhaps he’d take it?

    He’s been a great player, without injuries he’d have been a top international quality striker.
    He always gives 100%, fans can’t ask for more than that.

    His age and damage to his body due to injuries mean he’s a yard off the pace. Which make him a liability in the Premiership.

    He’s an ex-club captain and was a major force in our promotion.
    He should be given lots of respect.

  • Bluenose

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #14

    @Rotondo. Ridgewell has only ever scored 1 own goal & played for 2 teams!!. One thing obout Ridge is that he scores his fair share in the right goal.

  • GarageFlower

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Buck85,Onuha isn’t good enough to get in our side as it stands and I doubt his style of play would be attractive to Pardew but Ridgewell would be a good squad member as cover if he actually is Newcastle bound.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Is this guy any good? Remember one of the keys to the way we play football now is the ability of our centre backs to play the ball on the ground rather than hoofing it to nowhere in particular. We are thin on personnel in that area but we mustnt overreact in the transfer window and buy players who will not improve our team. Besides Williamson returns in a few weeks and he’s not a bad back up Central defender. If you ask me we should get focus on getting a defensive midfield/central defence hybrid player like Fegor Ogude or that Spanish fellow (cant remember his name) mentioned on this site a couple of weeks ago

  • Lee Dodd

    Nov 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Probably get this guy in and send ranger out on loan with Alan Smith to Chris Hughton to get them Promoted … Ressession wise has Chris got a Part time Job running Blackburn now ?? ha ha !!!


    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Given how well raylor is going I think getting ridgewell in makes a lot of sense.. He can cover at LB and CB..
    I think Guthrie has been amazing last two games.. Looks a lot more serious about his football this season.. After the game stats showed that he ran more than anyone else v Everton.. Perhaps we can play 4-3-3 with Tiote, Cabaye and Guthrie in the midfield and Gut, HBA and Ba up front… Just a thought
    Finally, Hoillett would be perfect and would give us something we don’t have – pace and directness… Olson is another one as LB could be nice..

    Don’t think we need Maiga, he’s too similar to Ba and Best and Shola

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19


    perhaps you should read this and get up to speed

    Plus have a bit of respect for Ed he’s very ill at the moment.

  • Incentino

    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Bluenose, I’m sure Ed just lost his tray of thought for a minute. He’s a very consistent and good writer.

    In all honesty, we don’t need trolls around here. We don’t always agree with each other, but on this blog, it’s required to be respectful to one another.

    Most of the other people that come here that are probably around your age are able to behave themselves most of the time. You should give it a try.

    I wouldn’t mind Ridgewell. I don’t rate him as good enough to break into the starting line up the way our defense is playing these days, but he would be a great backup. Better than Williamson IMO.

  • Incentino

    Nov 6, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Train of thoughts *

    It helps Ridgewell’s case that he can play LB too. He might even be better as a LB. Taylor, Santon, Ridgewell – I call that pretty good cover at LB.

  • Sav

    Nov 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #22

    How about the club include Perch in the deal for a new centre-half and we should also be able to offer Tavernier on loan to a Championship side now his spell at Carlisle is over.

  • branunited

    Nov 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #23

    dutch newspapers say that luuk de jong would to newcastle for 10 millons of pounds.
    gary cahill also been linked to team.


    Nov 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I would be an extremely happy Larry if Luuk de Jong came to us in January!

    Liverpool are supposedly interested too though! So i will believe it when it happens! But then again Liverpool are like flies around shit at the moment! They appear to be after everyone and his dog!

    Can,t we offer them Nile Ranger for free! As he is more trouble than he is worth!

  • countrylad14

    Nov 6, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Please Sign James Tomkins!

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 7, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #26

    dont rate ‘own goal ridgwell’ at all. makes far too many mistakes, itll be like resigning titus rapey boy.


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