Newcastle Want Chris Samba On Tyneside


News in the Sunday Sun today that Newcastle are looking at bidding for Chris Samba of Blackburn Rovers.

Chris Samba – a Newcastle target in January

Newcastle need to bring in a top class center-back in January to fill in for the  injured Steven Taylor,  but they surely will face big competition for Chris, who is a huge player at Blackburn, in more than once sense, since he stands 6’4″ tall and built like a tank.

Chris is probably  Blackburn’s best player, and there have been  reports recently that Blackburn, who are now second bottom of the league and already 4 points from safety, will need to sell players in January to improve their financial position.

Samba would not come cheap and the current asking price is said to be £10m, but Newcastle will try to get that price down to around £7M.

But with other top clubs likely to be interested in this top defender, who is great at set plays,  that would be a hard deal for Newcastle to negotiate.

The Sunday Sun are reporting that Ashley is now willing to spend money on the right player next month, and it’s hard to think of a better center-back in the Premier League at the moemnt.

The massive Chris Samba could be a terrific signing for Newcastle United.

Samba was signed from German club Hertha BSC in 2007 by then Blackburn manager Mark Hughes for just £450K,  and he has played 210 times for Blackburn since then with 18 goals.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Sunday Sun today about the center-back position:

“It’s a world market but centre-half is a key position and you’ve got to be sure about what you’re getting in that position,” “It’s a position that gets highlighted in the Premier League – as Chelsea defender Luiz is finding out.”

“It’s not a case of having to go in and convince Mike Ashley.” “The last time we met he said: ‘When are you going to get a centre half?’ “He understands the game, perhaps more so than people realize.”

“Maybe not on a technical basis but he knows how it works – he knows we need a defender and we’ll try to get one in.” “He’s been excited by the season so far and he’s looking forward to this next period of games.”

It would be something of a coup if Newcastle can indeed get Samba through the door.

But he could also be a top signing for the Newcastle club, and apparently he would be keen to sign for the Magpies and play in front of 52,000 crowds at St. James’ Park.

But we have to stress that Newcastle will face competition  from top clubs for this player, and why on earth would Blackburn want to sell?

One reason could be their  financial situation.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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56 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Please b true

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Now this is a move i would approve of, dunno how true it may be, but a good CB with PL experience isn’t exactly the wrong way to go either.
    A 2+2=4 article? Maybe, but it’s a good suggestion.

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  • Kris

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Would be very good if true!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    lol.. not a chance.

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Massive player,just cant see it happening though.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    @ilovetoon
    Why could there not be a chance? He’s playing for a relegation battling team, he’d be able to move to a bigger club, no more chicken for lunch during their daily breaks.
    What more can u ask for? Lol.
    I think SAF will be after a defender tho, possibly AVB too, both are struggling with injuries and players struggling to fit in. Possibly Wenger too, but if they turn elsewhere we deffo have a chance.

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  • alext109

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Would be good if we got him. £10 million tho? Highly doubt that Ashley would approve of that but closer to £5 or £6 million would be good deal.

    He has been linked with teams like Arsenal etc the past couple of seasons but none have ever gone for him so we stand a good chance if this is true.

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  • beddersmag

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    How old is he? Im sure hes getting on a bit which means he doesnt fit the profile of young and improving players who we can nurture and then sell on at a profit. Also when saylor is fit he would stand in the way of his progress. Id expect a quality young player to come in for around 2-4m who would be benched when saylor returns

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Dannyo
    its unlikely because the bigger teams need defensive reinforcements and are now cautious about signing outside the EPL because of Luiz and Mertesacker’s struggles to adjust. This makes the likes of Samba,Hangeland,Jagielka and Cahill much more “safer” targets for the big boys and thus,harder for us to sign.

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  • alext109

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Hes 27 which is younger than the other CBs we have been linked with so far, Alex(29) and James Collins (28)

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Day lads, man we looked really boring last night…. 🙁

    Those subs really did my head in… You reckon we can get Samba? What about wages? I will be over the moon if we got him him and colo ruling the six yard box

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    @klatoon
    Yes, i realise that, but some of them WILL turn to other countrys in europe, surely we’ll have a shot imo.

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  • alext109

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Gorgonzola i might have been watching a different match but i thought we played pretty well. What the highlights i saw we had plenty of chances but didn’t take them. I wasnt at the game tho so obviously don’t know how well we played throughout the whole game.

    Agree with the subs tho, Shola for Best fair enough as Best had a knock and Tiote was getting cramp but would have preferred Abeid to come on in midfield and Ben Arfa on the wing for Obertan.

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Didn’t know about the financial problems Blackburn are supposed to be having, but if when teams get relegated, it costs them a fortune.

    Samba is good enough to make the difference between survival and relegation. Hard to see Blackburn letting him go.

    Unless they reckon they can use the money to bring in a couple of cheaper players.

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    on match yesterday thought we were brilliant jus could not score the only negative thing i can say is pardew should of brought on hba instead of shola
    also for the stick he gets perch was class yesterday along side the amazing colo

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    jus like ppl say about every player has his price

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  • alext109

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    I have been meaning to ask- can anyone who was at the game tell me how Perch played?

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  • JAMSHA

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Samba any time. Would be a class signg 🙂

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Perch did nothing as Swansea did nothing.. simple..plus if he had to do something Colo was there…so waste of field space as usual for him.

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  • Klatoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Ba’s scissor kick deseved to be a goal,damn that Vorm!

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #21

    gorgonzola ffs perch was brilliant yesterday n the reason swansea did nowt bcoz him n colo were class cut everything out perch read the game class n cuts loads stuff out

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #22

    also santon was class

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  • Stuart

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Would love to sign him but as others have already said, if a champions league team comes in for him aswell we wouldnt stand a chance.

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #24

    Davy…Liar, he touched the ball like 4 times…. you watched some Championship game for sure last night…. Get off my back with lies please

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #25

    Perch Brilliant 😀 F++k me where do these people come from God

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26

    gorgonzola i did mind ppls opinions but when ya slagging for the sake of slagging its not on he was mint yesterday

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #27

    give credit were it is due

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #28

    give credit were it is due

    couldn’t agree more and Davy he did not do ANYTHING in particular to deserve to call him

    BRILLIANT…. ffs

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  • gorgonzola

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Also Swansea dint pretty much NOTHING the entire game….

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #30

    We Played Ok yesterday We hit the bar etc just no luck !!!! Yea get Samba In Problem is Mike Ashley wont pay daft money unless we sell Tiote for £25 million and Liverpool buy him for us ???

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  • deeeeeeano

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Agree with Davy, perch had a great game yesterday. They may have lacked attacking prowess but he certainly played a part in nullifying it. Never got caught wrong sided, well positioned, maybe just needed someone like collo to help him thru and give him confidence. Can’t be slagged gor that performance tho.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 18, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Davide Santon IS Going To be Briliant who Needs Enrique

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  • NUFC_DOWNUNDER

    Dec 18, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #33

    The only negative about Perchs performance was that he constantly pumps the long ball… Unlike Colo he ain’t confident enough to keep the ball on the ground

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  • TonyGreenSupreme

    Dec 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #34

    Morning folks,
    I see the fantasy bloggers are on again with their transfer window shopping list.
    Samba to NUFC? Wake up smell the coffee and get real.
    Not gonna happen.

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  • valle

    Dec 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    I agree with Davy as well, Perch did some great interceptions and that impressed me. But what impress the most is the fact that Pardew seems to be able to build his players up and make them feel 10 foot tall, reminds me of some great managers.

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  • geoff777

    Dec 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #36

    Perch did really well.

    He did hit a few long balls but they were inch perfect onto Best’s head.

    I like his attitude he’s committed to the cause and always gives 100%.
    While he’s wearing B&W he’ll always have my support.

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  • SWHITEY

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #37

    What about cahill similar price but younger?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #38

    M’BIWA please

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #39

    cahill is part of the reason bolton are bottom ! vastly over rated.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Valle

    yes pardew’s done a great job on ben arfa’s confidence, arguably our one world class player. Don’t think people like Routledge, kadar and santon would be in his fan club either.

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