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.