Newcastle’s Graham Carr Recommending Belgium Center-Back


The latest defender Newcastle are said to be interested in is Ajax’ 6’3″ center-back Jan Vertonghen.

Jan Vertonghen – Newcastle interested?

Earlier this week there were reports in the Dutch press that Newcastle could be interested in the Belgium International.

Several Dutch sources have been reporting that Newcastle may attempt to buy the 24 year-old next month, or wait until the summer.

Newcastle must bring in a center-back next month, and that’s their number one priority in the January transfer market, and various names are being mentioned in the press.

Jan attracted attention last summer from other top English clubs like Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur,  and his contract at Ajax runs out in only 18 months time.

The Belgium International is a left-footed player who usually plays at centre back, but he can also play anywhere on the left side,  or in defensive midfield.

Vertonghen started his career with Belgium club Beerschot AC, before moving to Ajax in 2007, and he has played 195 times for the Dutch powerhouse, with a good 23 goals.

We should keep a close eye on this player, because the news is that he is being highly recommended by Newcastle Chief  Scout Graham Carr.

And we all know that when Graham speaks these days, the powers that be at Newcastle listen – and listen very intently because of  Graham’s excellent track record at Newcastle.

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41 comments so far

  • alex84

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Match night tonight whoooo!!! a win tonight puts us back on track!

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve heard and seen this lad. He brings a certain Philipe Albert to mind 🙂 Can be very attack minded, a no-nonsense player, strong and assertive.
    Also belives he can fly according to that picture.

    A good buy this one, but dunno if he’d be as cheap as we would want him to be.

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  • toon-hendy

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone have of know anyone that has a spare ticket/tickets for the Bolton game on Boxing Day? Any help lads?

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  • dmac

    Dec 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I think he is more likely to join up with his belgian counterpart at Arsenal if i am honest.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Belgian players are good players. go sign him!

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  • dutchy

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Him and Vermaelen played together at Ajax too, so thats a good shout dmac.

    I was watching the game on saturday and it struck me that there was almost no noise from our fans..whats going on lately? The lads needed encouragement from the stands but it stayed quiet.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Loven is out for 3 weeks, calf injury. Doubt he’d get playtime anyway, cant see him staying in January if given the oppertunity to leave.

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  • dmac

    Dec 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Crowd did seem fairly quiet i remember thinking the same thing mate. Lets hope we really get behind the lads today.

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t see us shelling out for the belgian lad! Think Pardew has been watching Jose Fonte of southampton! looked a great player this year and would cost a 10th of what Vertonghen would cost!

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  • alkinou

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    As a belgian i’ve probably got a biaised opinion but this lad is really good, hope it’s true and we get him but I really doubt it. He’ll be aiming higher for his next step probably and might be too expensive for our owners…

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    James Nursey @JamesNursey Close
    @simonbirdmirror @MsiDouglas told Haris Vuckic set to start tonight & no room for Alan Smith even on bench despite midfield absences. #NUFC

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    anything less than a 3 points today and its a disaster for us.

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  • NuFc RoB

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    WHERE THE F***S MA NEWCASTLE VS WBA PREVIEW?!?!?!?!

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  • FrankfurtMag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Don’t get too excited about this one guys. Sounds like the next Michael Owen to me.

    He was quoted as saying he doesn’t want to come to Newcastle, but is prepared to “listen to any offer” we make.

    I wouldn’t want a player with this mentality anyway. His attitude stinks.

    Greedy greedy boy.

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  • ge08dey

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    I would go along with any player Graham Carr recommends and not be lumbered with Pardews reported preferred signings Ridgewell or Collins.

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  • jj

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #16

    ………………………………………KRUL……………………………………………

    SIMPSON………..PERCH……………COLLO………….SANTON

    ……………………………………..TIOTE…………………………………………..

    OBERTAN……………………VUCKIC………………………..JONAS

    ……………………………………..BENARFA……………………………….

    …………………………BEST……………………BA………………………….

    HARPS
    WILLO
    ABEID
    SAMMI
    SHOLA
    FERGUSON
    RAYLOR

    Leave willo on the bench so perch can help out with pace at the back as long and odemwingie dont provide much threat in the air, lets go for all out attack and wrip them apart, leave tiote in front of the back four to provide cover.

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  • PureGeordie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #17

    sneak in ben arfa for good measure, just to make sure we have a 1 man advantage 😉 lol

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    jj, do you think we’ll get away with that line up?

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  • drongo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Id actually take a chance on Willo for this one – we need the 3 points.
    My team:
    ————-Krul
    Simmo—Willo—Colo—Santon
    Raylor–Tiote—Vukic—Jonas
    —————-HBA
    —————-Ba

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  • Darling27

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #20

    Jan Vertonghen is a very good defender as is his current defensive/national team partner Toby Alderweireld.

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  • Darling27

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #21

    There are some very good young footballers coming out of Belgium at the moment.

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  • Pardew_is_a_geordie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Gk-krul
    Rb- simpson
    Cb- williamson
    Cb-colo
    Lb- santon
    Rm-obertan
    Cm-vuckic
    Cm- tiote
    Lm-guti
    Cam- ben arfa
    St- ba

    No best in the starting 11 for me dont think he contributed hardly anything on satutday

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #23

    If Smith is not in the squad tonight, then i think that signals that Pardew is done with him, aswell as Kadar.
    Pardew is making his mark, and he knows who’ll be able to contribute.

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #24

    @21 yeah, there really is! Add those 2 you mentioned to Thibault Courtois (whos just signed for chelsea), Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and the Hazard brothers Eden and Thorgen, Steven Defour, Axel Witsel – all under 25 years old!

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  • jj

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #25

    lol yeah didnt even realise lol, but id like ot see benny in behind two strikers and why not tonight against an average defence with cabaye out and tiote in to cover

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  • Shot Bru

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #26

    @11…it would be good to see Vuckic finally get a chance

    He’s been doing well in the reserves most times i’ve watched him…only thing i would say about him is that he seems a bit injury prone….if he can stay fit he might have a good chance to live up to his potential

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  • Shot Bru

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #27

    For what it’s worth i don’t think Pardew will start Vuckic and HBA in the team together….so i guess HBA might be on the bench again tonight

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Think Vuckic looked ready in preseason, would have played more had he not been injured! Time for him to show us all what the hype was about!

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Frankfurt – don’t be too dismissive.
    He’s probably been misquoted, just to make it more of a story.
    He has to show some loyalty to his club to enhance any fee by saying he is happy there, and that has been quoted as “he doesn’t want to come to Newcastle”.

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  • nodramasuk

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Just seen the west brom squad out for a jog on the quayside

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  • tdt

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #31

    This is the team I’d like to see tonight:

    —————Krul————-
    Simspon–Perch–Collo–Santon
    Obertan–Tiote–Vuckic–Jonas
    ————–HBA————–
    —————Ba—————-

    Subs: Harper, Williamson, Abeid, Ferguson, R.Taylor, Sa.Ameobi, Best.

    With Abeid and Sa.Ameobi coming on for Vuckic and Obertan respectively after 60-65 mins.

    However I would also be please with:

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

    Subs: Harper, Perch, Abeid, Ferguson, R.Taylor, Sa.Ameobi, HBA.

    With HBA, Sa.Ameobi and Abeid coming on for Best, Obertan and Vuckic respectively after 60-65 mins.

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Pick the bones out of this team lads:

    I think Raylor is injured Drongo.

    BenAfa roaming and changing with Vuckic.

    ———————————KRUL———————————-

    SIMPSON———-WILLO——COLLO————-SANTON

    ——————————–TIOTE———————————–

    ——-OBERTAN——–BENARFA———-.JONAS———-

    ——————————-VUCKIC——————————–

    ———————————-BA————————————-

    HARPS
    BEST
    PERCH
    ABEID
    SAMMI
    SHOLA
    FERGUSON
    RAYLOR

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  • toonincheek

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #33

    If Smithy is not in the squad tonight (and I suspect he will be), to me, that would signal that AP expects to dominate the game and wants plenty of forward options, rather than a holding midfielder to protect a position.
    Not necessarily that his days are done.

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  • supatoonkid

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #34

    This lad looks like the perfect signing for us can play CB, LB & CDM. Sign him up!

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  • Ian Magpie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #35

    dutchy……….. As for atmosphere at out ground, sadly we are about 20 too late! Its gone, as simple as that and anyone who says different hasn’t got a clue! The only hope we have is if the safe standing campaign that has just got the go-ahead in Scotland works and is implemented here! Thats the only way we are going to see a real and proper football atmosphere at our ground. I praise the efforts of the lads in the Strawberry corner who give it a go but whats the point when you risk being ejected from the ground for daring to stand up???????????????????????? Its embarrassing these days and although we have much better facilities I really pity those fans who missed the Noise and passion of the Old covered Leazes or the Gallowgate corner and score board!!!! My dad would turn in his grave if he could see how crap the atmosphere is at St James Park and the English Prem these days. CRAP CRAP CRAP!!! Keep you fingers crossed that we get safe standing cos if we don’t prepare to be boreeeeeeeed!

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  • Ian Magpie

    Dec 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #36

    @35…….and pay a salary for the pleasure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • beddersmag

    Dec 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #37

    @22

    Dont forget best has been missing for a while and one thing he did contribute was winning a lot if headers- something we struggle with badly. His form will return. On thr other hand you have put in hba as his vontrubution this season when played has been stellar….

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Dec 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #38

    ª32 whos gona keep the ball in midfield too many ?marks about that side in my opinion its gona be 4 4 2 i believe it will be krul simmo perch (not again argh) collo santa claus obertoon tiote abeid guti strolla and ba. only my opinion

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  • JAMSHA

    Dec 21, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Sign him plzzz . He’s im.my fifa 12 squad n football manager 🙂

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  • max

    Dec 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #40

    just sign player. no more rumour

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