Newcastle In For Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha

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.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • toon tom

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #1

    would take onuoha straight away, class

  • TinoToon

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #2

    I would say YES to this player way better than Rigdewell on my opinion.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Would be a nice pressie alright

  • TinoToon

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #4

    And i think his has fall on city team must be related to the scandal involving Gary Cook.

  • Jamie McKellar

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #5

    it is a shame he has worn the unwashed shirt, but i’d have him. awesome player

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Get him in. Get them all in. How many now? I’ll be so pleased when it’s 1st Feb.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #7

    he can play right back not left back…

    On Cahill, Samba and Vertonghen

    Cahill – No chance of getting him if Chelsea are wanting him which they are..

    Samba – Much better than Cahill also he’s older(27) but he would cost about 3/4million more than Cahill and his wages would no doubt be more.. he would cost atleast £10million + about 60k per week, his current contract doesnt run out until 2015 as he signed a new one in feb this year..

    Vertonghen would be around £8million and about 30k per week and he’s only 24, he reminds me of Vermaelen in terms of he’s tall from belgium and he’s left footed plus hes a no nonsense defender, Vermaelen settled straight away and also scores a few cos he likes bombing forward so does Vermaelen..Also Man City are scouting him… but his Partner at the back for Ajax, Toby Alderweield is class and is even younger(22) who loves to score screamers Watch this especially at 48seconds…

  • alip123

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve been saying for ages (to friends) ‘get onuoha’ cos he is a very good defender.
    I’d like to see Douglas as well. That would be a good signing.
    I just hope Ashley supplies pards with money, cos if we gamble and strengthen our team it will reap benefits in the form of a European place

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 23, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #9

    alip123 — a reckon we should get Onuoha and Douglas

  • dmac

    Dec 24, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d take anyone but i fear we may gain very little in Jan. i hope im proven wrong i really do just an awful gut feeling.

  • dmac

    Dec 24, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #11

    By anyone i meant of the players mentioned clearly not any old bloke haha.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 24, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Onuhua is 1 of the top right backs in the league but doesn’t get much recognition for it. Maybe cos he wore the scum jersey. Would be delighted with him!

  • Scottishtoon95

    Dec 24, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #13

    That Toby Alderweireld is class. Probably better than Jones at bombing forward, though don’t know if he’d be given that much space in the PL.

  • Dyer8

    Dec 24, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #14

    In : (Winter)
    Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal), CF
    Curtis Davies (Birmingham), DC
    Ryan Bennett (Peterborough), DC


    In : (Summer)
    Nathan Clyne (C’Palace), DR
    Junior Hoilett (B’Burn), WG
    Jake Livermore (Spurs), DM


  • Brutooon

    Dec 24, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #15

    YES YES YES Please Sign him !!!!

    Better than our No 14 “Defender”

  • DarloGeordie

    Dec 24, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Demba Ba for No. 9

    Ameobi for CB – he is great off the pitch just not too good on it.

    Onuoha would be a good signing……

  • lucasnufc

    Dec 24, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #17

    @ 14- never Curtis Davies. Most overrated, useless lump ever.

  • cyprus

    Dec 24, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Bookies (all, on average) have us losing (39%), winning (33%) and drawing (29%). Don’t like that because they are rarely wrong, that’s why they never lose. Still, if we are to look closer, they predict there will be a winner. So, my prediction: I think Ba will definitely score and I also predict we will not concede.

  • cyprus

    Dec 24, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #19

    @16, good comments. Much as he is liked, Ameobi was never and never will be a prolific scorer. Sadly, 3-4 goals a year (excluding pens) is a relegation rate, as most goals are expected to come from forwards. People get upset by such comments (surprisingly, not by Simpson bashing), but the stats speak by themselves. The team must come before anyone else.

  • headtheball

    Dec 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #20

    A message to Big Mike
    We are almost a good team.As it’s Christmas and the season for giving please get three quality players in,two defenders and a striker.You know it will make you feel good!

    All the very best to the best fans in the world
    Onwards and upwards from a Geordie exile in North Queensland (ex Whitley Bay)

  • aussietoonfan

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #21

    jakesome // Dec 23, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    or is it wukkas?? (do aussies actually say that or is it just the forsters adverts?)

    Just to answer a question from a few posts back

    wukkas??? dunno what that is.

    Contrary to popular belief around the globe:

    We don’t wrestle crocs (except for Steve Irwin R.I.P.)
    Kangaroos don’t jump down our main streets.
    Women are not referred to as sheilas.
    G’Day is not used too much anymore.
    Football is a game played by homos. (hey, hey, hey, not my words, it’s just the way it is here with 4 bloody different football codes).

    Please accept any advertisements and T.V. shows such as Home and Away (shudder) and Neighbours (blurgh) as NOT a TRUE indication of Australia.


    Donald Bradman, Phar Lap (yes the N.Z. racehorse) Mel Gibson (yes the American born actor) are all Aussie treasures.

  • balubas1

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #22

    Onuha is a RB… I’m all in for getting some competition for Simpson but we need a fullblood CB.

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #23

    Aussietoonfan @ # 21

    I Thanks for clearing up a lot of urban leg ends there, I agree Phar Lap has to be a legend as for Donald, a legend for playing a girls game not too sure there 😉

    But tell me do you still walk around with corks on your caps and call folks cobber??? 🙂 🙂

    By the way unless you miss it the tongue is firmly in my cheek

  • moonraker

    Dec 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #24


    what about Holly Valance? She’d be in my team anyday!

  • hadthetshirt

    Dec 25, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Tut tut Aussietoon fan you missed your biggest treasure out.Cadel Evans.

    Hope we get our defender in and a striker.Papis demba Cisse would be a great christmas present
    thank you

    Ed wish you a very merry christmas and a healthier new year many thanks for this blog great reading throughout the year


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