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Newcastle Make Official Enquiry For Jan Vertonghen

Newcastle have made an official enquiry about Ajax’s Belgium International center-back Jan Vertonghen.

Jan Vertonghen – Newcastle have made official enquiry

That’s according to the Newcastle Journal, but whether he is available is a good question, since Ajax would need to bring in a replacement next month, if they sell their 6’3″ center-back.

Newcastle have been linked with a number of  center-backs already, in addition to Vertonghen,  and they include West Ham United’s James Tomkins, Chelsea’s Alex,  FC Twente’s Douglas, Birmingham’s’ Liam Ridgewell, Montpellier’s Yanga-Mbiwa and only late yesterday we were linked with Manchester City’s out of favor Nedum Onuoha.

As well as inquiring about Vertonghen,  Newcatsle have already had a bid of close to  £3M  for their 22 year-old England U21 center-back Tonkins,  and had it immediately turned down by West Ham .

Newcastle are not only looking at a fix for their central defensive woes for the rest of the season, but they would like to make the transfer of a center-back into the club next month a strategic move and a long term solution too.

But Newcastle will not panic in trying to capture a top-class center-back in January, as Alan Pardew had this to say:

“We know in the transfer window that a defender would be very, very helpful at the moment. Certainly we could do with a centre-half because we need a bit more presence in the back-four.”

“Williamson has been training again and he looks like he’s getting closer and I think he’ll be a big asset for us when he’s up and running again.”

“But we might need another one because if we lose Williamson or Colo, we’ll look like we’re short.”  “Generally I think we’re having to look at our squad because we’re stretched, especially defensively.”

“We have made some calls to try and find out who is available.” “Its a difficult window to get a good player when people don’t want to lose their good players. It’s not just difficult for us, it’s difficult for every team.”

“It’s a difficult window, we’ll have to see how it pans out.”

It’s always difficult bringing in a player in January, and of course they have no time to settle in with a pre-season, which they get when they arrive in the summer.

But Newcatsle rather desperately need a tall center-back who is good in the air, and the sooner he is brought in the better it will be.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Thats a start

  • jon.c

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Dont hold your breath folks about new faces A P isplaying down again religation fight only hope im wrongand eat my words

  • Tiote4PM

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    Great news if we bring in a player of this calibre.

    Have a great Crimbo everyone and thanks Ed for making this site as vibrant and informative as it is. Wishing you and your families health, happiness and success in 2012.

    Howay The Lads!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    if we play Kadar or Willo instead of perch and Ben arfa instead of best and keep Vusic instead of jonas or Obertan we may have chance v bolton

  • fgb224lbs

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Would.love to get him. Is he a hawk? First pic he’s trying to fly. This pic he has his talons out lol

  • GeordieAnt

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    @jon.c a relegation fight? really? we’re still 7th in the league and 6 points above 10th place west brom. 13 points above relegation zone….and you come on here to say we’re gonna be involved in a relegation battle? I see the neggers are back now we’re on a bad streak.

  • dutchmagpie

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Vertonghen : Is good on the ball, and strong in the air. Might cost a bit though.( My father-in-law is a massive Ajax fan, this could cause a rift in this festive period,but,Hey :: Toon before in-laws) Get him Bought!!
    Merry Xmas all

  • boyfromshields

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Let’s for once think about what’s REALLY important….
    All the best Ed, hope you have a great Christmas and a hugely happy and healthy 2012

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9



    hmmm how some ppl think, when we get our first team – saylor, we have a half decent team, obertan, keep him as far away from the first team as pos, he is a waste of a place in the starting line up or banch,, offer zero to our team

  • GeordieAnt

    Dec 24, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    So what about this for Bolton?
    –Simmo Colo Willo Raylor
    —Sameobi Jonas
    ——–Cabaye Vuckic

    That should give us the attacking presence we need, and also…hopefully Tiote doesn’t track too far up field because he seems to be making some serious errors and for some reason keeps trying to shoot. Lol

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Dutch magpie,
    Isn’t that what in laws are for? Lol

  • Graeme

    Dec 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Do Newcastle “really” know what they need?? Or is it all smoke & mirrors?

    AP talks so much drivel over transfers, its beyond comprehension. Yes, he has zero control over who (if anyone) comes in and we all know it. Just has he has even less control over who leaves. Why doesn’t he just shut up and let FCB get on with it?

    The fans are well aware we need more strength and where its needed – a blind man on a galloping horse could see the problems, they have been there for over 12 months, its nothing new.

    We had a good summer with some excellent signings but this has clearly highlighted the deficiencies in the squad. These now need to be addressed if we are to build on what, up to now, has been a great start to the season.

    Happy Christmas to all NUFC fans and a special thanks to “Ed” for a great job – hope your road to recovery is as smooth as possible.

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Merry Chistmas Ed ! Hope you have a great one.

    All the best to all my fellow bloggers as well.

    Hope you have a great xmas and we all celebrate new year on 33pts! Now that would be a merry xmas! 😀

  • syamantakb

    Dec 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14

    i feel it would be….

    santon for obertan…60 mins
    ben arfa for cabaye…..65 mins
    shola for vuckic….75 mins

  • jakesome

    Dec 24, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    caption for the picture of jan at the top “mmmm boobies”

  • Colocool

    Dec 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Merry Christmas Ed from India !!! And hope the toon get the 3 pts at Bolton 🙂


    Dec 24, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #17

    I,ve heard Ajax want 10M so it might never happen!

  • AndyMac

    Dec 24, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #18

    “I,ve heard Ajax want 10M so it might never happen!”

    Course it will. Sell Tiote for £25m and buy CH for £10m and keep the change Fatman ! Ker ching !!!!!

  • magsince96

    Dec 24, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #19

    would love to get in vertonghen, he is my centre back partner with colocinni in my FM! hopefully virtual will turn into reality!
    on a side note, all d best to you Ed, all the best in your health and stay happy alws..

  • welshy14

    Dec 25, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #20

    caption for jan in picture……..loook aye bet aye cood easily fit tooo willyz in my mouth……just like this ..seee


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