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?