Newcastle Linked With Many Strikers And Defenders For January


Now that the deal to bring Modibo Maiga to Newcastle next month is dead in the water, we wonder who Newcastle will be going after now?

Nathanial Clyne – Newcastle interested in 20 year-old England U21 International

It was certainly a surprise that the deal fell through,  when Maiga failed his fitness test in London, with a knee problem earlier in the week, but the news is that the deal is completely dead,  and will not be revived.

The list of  Newcastle targets for strikers and defenders would be interesting to see, but the Sunday Sun is reporting they include 21 year-old Dutch International  striker Luuk de Jong of FC Twente,  and Lille’s 25 year-old Senegal International striker Moussa Sow.

Newcastle have also been interested in 19 year-old striker Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace, but the fee of £10M for the Ivory Coast player is said to be complete nonsense by an unnamed  Newcastle insider.

Newcastle have been watching Crystal Palace a lot recently, and they are said to be also keen on 20 year-old Nathaniel Cline, the England U21 International full-back, whose three year contract  runs out next summer at the London club.

It seems that Newcastle have their lists of defenders and strikers for the January window and that they have done their homework well, as happened in the summer also.

Newcastle have also been linked with 25 year-old Montpelier striker Olivier Giroud, and the classy Montpelier  captain, 22 year-old Yanga-Mbiwa, who can play anywhere across the back four.

Other defenders  the Tyneside club have been linked with include 27 year-old center-back Chris Samba of Blackburn, and Chris would be a terrific signing for Newcastle United – just terrific.

We have also been linked with  26 year-old left-back Aly Cissoko of French club Lyon, and Newcastle were certainly  interested in the French International over the summer.

And only last weekend Newcastle has a £2.5M bid for West Ham’s 22 year-old England U21 International center-back James Tomkins turned down.

Finally, Newcastle have been told that Dutch International left-back Erik Pieters of PSV,  is not for sale in January.

It remains to be soon who the club will be bringing in next month to strengthen the squad, but news today that Alan Pardew has been told by owner Mike Ashley, that he is willing to pay out good money in January, but only for the right players.

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139 comments so far

  • dmac

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Clyne looks like a good young player, but id rather give Tavernier a run out first check his progress before i signed somebody else kids.

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  • tdt

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    As long as we don’t sell anyone other that smith, and then buy a CB and a striker, I’ll be happy.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Sell Smith, Perch and Ameobi

    Getting rid of this crap players are the same as “new signings”

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  • JackButler

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Samba will cost a good 10mil (unless the financial issues at Blackburn are true) where as Sow would cost close to 20mil.
    Clyne and Zaha are more along the line’s of our transfer policy

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  • boater

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Brutooon – slagging off players? not like you. Perch played well yesterday out of position, Shola just signed a new contract and is a good squad player and Smith never plays… if they go who will you moan about all day?

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  • tdt

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Perch is fine by me as a 4/5th choice defender in times of need, like the last couple of games. He aint great, but he is better than many CBs we’ve had.

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  • HamarMagpie

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry for beeing off topic. But I have to share my thoughts on Joey Barton. Watching QPR playing the red scum now. And he’s just awful. He just gave away a goal, and has been shocking all day. So glad we got rid of that tosser. He is so full of him self, and we’re much better of without him.

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  • LewSpi

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    I think I’ve sort of accepted that Tiote is going already, which will sort of make it easier when he does go. I think this is true of most fans, but it’s strange, if you had said in the summer that Tiote is leaving there would have been absolute outcry. However, I think people are starting to trust Ashley, more so, trust Graham Carr.

    If Tiote leaves and we sign somebody who an obvious replacement, I don’t think there will be too much of a ruckus, especially not if Samba signs aswell.

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  • boater

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    We need a goalscoring midfielder, or to find from within. 2 goals from midfield as we approach the half way mark… that’s pish poor. We are holding our own with possession and not scoring enough/ We won’t challenge for Europe with one goal-scorer in the team.
    Arfa has to play as well as 2 up front. If Tiote goes we need to adjust the shape and replace him with a goal-scoring midfielder.

    No one is making runs into the box which makes us too predictable to defend against.

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  • boater

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Hamar Magpie – I would have Barton in ahead of Ober any day. I can see the logic in letting him go but the replacement was bought on the cheap and not up to filling his boots.

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  • HamarMagpie

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #11

    So Brutoon. How would you say we could possibly sell Smith. A solution to would be appreciated and welcomed. Do you poosibly think that we can recieve a transfer fee for that useless bloke, who is on 60K a week? Get real. We’re not able to give him away even though we offer to pay most of his wages, for Christ sake.

    And I’m getting tired of the continued picking on Ameobi. He’s been a good and loyal squad player for over a decade now, who have battled injuries and played trought the pain barrier for lots of games.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    I am not slagging players, i am just saying that this are not the players who can bring us forward

    If we look back during Sir Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan era, there is no way this kind of players (Perch, Smith and Ameobi) will be in our squad

    Look at our previous “crap” players who leave:
    1) Routledge – didnt do much last night
    2) Barton – Big Mouth and now responsible for 2nd Man Utd goal

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    boater is correct. Ameobi came on yesterday and nearly bagged us a goal so the criticism towards him is very unfair. He is a very good squad player, nothing more, nothing less. Perch done his job yesterday and deserves a pat on the back for his services. Perch is another good squad player exactly the same as Ameobi and selling him would be silly. In January, i am hoping we bring in another full back and Centre back as well as a striker and maybe i few to come into the academy. I do think we will get a Striker and CB but i think we will be getting a full back on loan. Cissoko would by ideal with an option to buy. Samba would be very good but quite difficult to achieve but who knows. I have no idea who we will get in as a striker now the Maiga deal has fell through.

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  • JackButler

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #14

    We got rid of Barton and it was the right thing to do but we replaced him with someone with pace but a woefull first touch, no end product. Barton as a player would still walk into our starting 11

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  • tdt

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #15

    @boater – what do you think?

    —————-Krul—————–
    Simspon–Collo–Williamson–Santon
    —————-Tiote————-
    Obertan———————-Jonas
    —————-HBA—————–
    ————-Ba—-Best—————

    ?

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Don’t know if this true but James Collins agent was at our game yesterday according someone on twitter

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  • HamarMagpie

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Boater- they are completely different players. But have to admit I’m dissapointed with Obertan too. I’m finding it especially hard to accept him pulling out of tackles all the time. And his descion making is quite awful. Like his speed thouht, and think he should be kept and judged at the end of the season. But don’t think he should be a given starter these days. Try him as an impact sub against tired legs.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Im sorry but has Chris Samba not been the leader of a defence that has already conceded 36 goals this season? This is the guy you’re willing to pay £10 million for???
    We need to stop letting groupthink blind us from seeing what is plain and obvious. We’ve all got it into our heads he’s a top defender yet the guy I saw when we trounced Blackburn at SJP was very very mediocre

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  • Obafan

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #19

    We played a very good game untill the 70th minute. From then on Swansea started to annoy us by letting the ball go around; and to be fair they did that very well. The game should have been played after 45 mins when we should have had 2 or 3 goals. We were unlucky.

    Positive things for me where:
    1. we created lots of goal scoring opportunities
    2. Santon was outstanding
    3. Perch played really good (look at the performance not at the player plz!!!)
    4. Ba is a very good striker, who we will miss in January

    Negative things for me:
    1. Where was HBA when we really needed him. Think Pardew got that one wrong!!! And HBA can defo play at the wing.
    2. Cabaye played really good, but his set pieces were below average

    Obertan is such a strange player; in the first half he did it very good and the 2nd half he didn’t do anything anymore.

    Roll on WBA!!!

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  • JackButler

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    @toonbrother

    Outside of Man City I don’t think that there are many clubs that would turn down the chance of signing Samba

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  • tdt

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    What about this for WBA:

    —————-Krul—————–
    Simspon–Collo–Williamson–Santon
    —————-Tiote————-
    HBA———————-Jonas
    —————Vuckic—————–
    ————-Ba—-Best————

    Pretty offensive, but surely it would be better than humping it up to the strikers?

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  • JackButler

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #22

    @tdt 21
    for me thats the strongest possible 11 we could put out against West Brom

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    1) Obertan got confident issues – One seconds (usual early in the game) he got lots of skills, christiano ronaldo-alike but then another seconds he is anonymous

    2) HBA is a class player. Most fans tend to forgot that. I think AP will “keep” him for January when Demba Ba is out. Leon Best and HBA for our January Striker Partnership (which is not bad at all)

    3) Santon would be our left back for the next 10 years

    4) Despite people saying Perch got a good game, he will still NEVER be a Centre Back! He is a Full Back and should only play when we are like 4-0 up.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Thats what I mean by groupthink. We are not other clubs we are Newcastle. Samba has been a key figure in a blackburn defence that has already conceded 36 goals this season! And the Samba I watched at SJP was not worth a fraction of £10million.

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Obertan’s actually more dangerous when he drifts infield,he seems to just glide past people,maybe he and Jonas should randomly swap wings abit during matches just to change the dynamic of our attacks.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Samba can just touch JAMES PERCH and broke PERCH’s BONES !!!

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  • Spuggy

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Obertan is only 22, so plenty of time to improve, ronaldo anyone?

    Defo agree about playing Arfa on the wings though, especially when we get a striker in Jan.

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  • ochytoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #28

    *cough* lets buy Lallana *cough*

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  • JackButler

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #29

    @toonbrother

    For me Samba would improve our team/squad, the 10mil price tag is up for debate.As for conceding 36 goals, he’s one player in a poor side who is offered no protection from his midfield or defensive team mate’s. Put him alongside Colo with Tiote in front and you’ll see a different player, take him out of the Blackburn side and they would have conceded 66 goals so far this season

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  • HamarMagpie

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #30

    @ 23 Brutoon: Suddenly we agree. Support that post 100%.

    Santon was class yesterday and can’t help but think what could have been. I mean, what if we had played him the three matches against the big ones. R.Taylor is a good bloke with a viscious free kick, but not a Premier League full back, and we got exposed for sure.

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  • NUFClad

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    @bruntoon 12
    why the negativity at ameobi, i admit he’s not a starter but he gives us the strength and direct forward play that no other striker in our squad can give us. and did you forget that it was Sir Bobby that brought him through into the first team!!

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  • HamarMagpie

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Perch is not Premier League class, and don’t have physical attributes needed to be a central defender. But he played very good yesterday. Can’t you guys gime him credit for that? I think some fans are so prejudgemental. He made some very nice tackles and interceptions. Solid game. But Swansea is a team that suits his skills and lack of physical presens. Norwich were obviously not.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #33

    NUFClad : yup Sir Bobby Robson brought him as a teenager, but after watching him for 11 seasons, he is more of a frustration then a success. I am just looking at the future, that slot should be given to a younger and better player.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #34

    “take him out of the Blackburn side and they would have conceded 66 goals so far this season”

    @JackButler.
    So he is not responsible for Blackburn conceding 36 goals but he is responsible for Blackburn not conceding 66 goals?? Sounds like selective reasoning to me.

    You say he doesnt have good defensive teammates but he is surrounded by other premier-league quality players like Scott Dann. Besides, if what you’re saying is true and he’s needs a partners like Colocinni and Tiote to be a good defender then he’s as useful as a solar-powered flashlight – i.e offers zero incremental benefit. Perch did fine yesterday surrounded by Colocinni and Tiote. Why dont we save ourselves £10million and buy ourselves another one of him

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  • MagPieMan

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Any line-ups for Wednesday? i am finding it hard to replace Cabaye.

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  • toonbrother

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #36

    @MagPie Man: Ben Arfa, Abeid or Vuckic can all play in attacking midfield

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  • taker83

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #37

    @nufclad
    SBR did a fantastic job for us.There is no doubt about that.Amoebi was okay that time.He scored some crucial goals for us.There is no doubt about that but now he is too slow, lazy, and alwiz falls when he gets the ball(hope his balls don’t) and you can’t doubt that!

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  • JackButler

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #38

    If you don’t rate Samba thats fine, but for me he is a better defender than Perch and Williamson and his addition would make us stronger and I would prefer him over Tomkins or Collins. Also by your reasoning you wouldn’t like to see the likes of Gary Cahill come to us as Bolton are bottom of the league???

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #39

    Ameobi 10 years ago is one hot prospect

    Ameobi now spend more time slipping to the grass then getting the ball

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  • toon18

    Dec 18, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #40

    …………………..Krul
    Santon….Taylor..Colo…Cissokho
    ……………Tiote….Cabaye
    …..Ben Arfa….Ba….Gutierrez
    ………………..Giroud

    I’d take that!

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