News in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle are in for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha.
Nedum Onuoha in action against Newcastle last season
Onuoha turned 25 last month, and he joined Sunderland on a season-long loan deal a year last August, and played 31 times for the Black Cats with one stupendous goal, when he beat three Chelsea defenders before slotting the ball home.
That was in London when Sunderland beat Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in an amazing game, and he is a very accomplished defender, who doesn’t get a look-in at City these days.
He has appeared only twice for the Manchester club this season – both starts in the Carling Cup.
Onuuha can play anywhere across the back line, and he can play in central defense, although he’s not a particularly big defender at 6’0″ tall.
Nedum joined Manchester City and their famous Youth Academy back in 1996, when he was only 10 years old.
He has played 94 times for City with 5 goals.
Onuoha made his first team debut against Arsenal in the Carling Cup in October of 2004 at the age of just 17, and that was when Kevin Keegan was the City manager.
He played 21 times for the England U21 side at the same time Steven Taylor was captain, and they played together as the two center-backs, and Nedum finally played 21 times for the England side with 2 goals.
Newcastle need to bring in a central defender next month, and it will not be easy, but it looks like the England U21 International will at least be available, and this lad is a good player and a good professional.
Maybe Nedum’s best position is at full back, and he played right back during his time at Sunderland, and he could replace Danny Simpson, if Danny leaves Newcastle this summer – if he cannot agree terms on his new contract.
While he is naturally right footed he can also play at left back, and he has a contract that runs until June of 2014, so that means Newcastle would need to pay a decent fee for the player if they are really interested.
And as we saw on Wednesday evening Newcastle lack pace at the back – well this lad is fast.
At age 14 he finished in second place in the final of the 2001 English School’s Athletics Association Junior 100 meters, clocking 11.09 seconds and beating current Great Britain sprinter Craig Pickering.
Nedum was a top class athlete as a youngster, and is still the co-national record holder for boys under 15 in the standing triple jump.
He’s become a very good footballer too, and although last season he said he would like to join Sunderland, everybody is allowed a mistake or two in life. :D.
We wonder if new Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill may be interested in him?
Liam Ridgewell – Newcastle still interested
There’s also news that Newcastle may still want to bring in 27 year-ol;d Liam Ridgewell of Birmingham, but we’re not sure there’s any truth in that, although Liam will be made available by Birmingham, who may have to have a fire sale in January.
Mike Ashley will be interested in that, and we still think Liam, who stands 6’2″ tall would be a decent buy at around £2M or less.
That’s because he has played around 250 games in the Premier League, for Aston Villa and Birmingham, mostly at center-back.
And of course Newcastle tried to get the player in on the last day of the summer transfer window, but couldn’t make the deal, and we are now suffering for that failure and only having three top class center-backs.
Steven Taylor is out for the season with his Achilles, and Mike Williamson has been out injured since August, and even Colo had to miss the Norwich game recently with a thigh strain.
We think if Newcastle can get these two players through the door in January, they would both be good acquisitions, and at least both players seem to be available.
And both can play at both center-back and full-back.