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Unlikely That Newcastle Can Attract Chris Samba To Tyneside

9:45 am, Monday, January 2nd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

Niall Hickman gave an interview on the radio yesterday,  and the Daily Express man said he thought Newcastle were trying to do a deal for Blackburn’s Chris Samba.

Chris Samba - would be great at Newcastle

Samba would be great at Newcastle,  but we just don’t think Newcastle have the pull or will pay out the money to get this great center-back to the club, with other clubs interested.

Samba was signed by Mark Hughes for Blackburn back in January of 2007 from German club for Hertha BSC for around £450K, and he’s been one of the best signings ever in the Premier League.

He’s the literal man mountain, and is a tower of strength in defense at 6’4″ tall, but is also a huge threat on Blackburn corners.

And he seems to have even intimidated young goalkeeper De Gea  at Manchester United on Saturday.

David De Gea was badly at fault for the Blackburn winning third goal,  when he got nowhere near a corner late in the game, and the Spanish goalkeeper seems to think it’s a foul whenever he’s touched by an opposing player  on a corner.

And he goes falling to the ground hoping for a free kick,  but of course he’ll have to realize that’s not a foul in  England, and when the impressive young Grant Hanley headed in the winning goal on 79 minutes, De Gea was flat on the ground.

We expect Anders Lindegaard to come in for him when the Red Devils play Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night, adn they’ll also have Wayne Rooney back in the side.

Chris Samba would cost around £6M and that has to be good value in anybody’s book, but it seems that QPR and Liverpool, and possibly other  clubs are already after him, which is hardly surprising.

With the way Newcastle do business these days, we don’t think we’ll be able to mount an acceptable bid for the player, and of course QPR have lots of money with new owner Tony Fernandes, and they will outbid Newcastle for the player, and they need some new players this month too.

And as far as the wages go, we don’t think Newcastle could match the package that QPR or Liverpool could put together for the Democratic Republic of Congo International.

So while Chris is an excellent center-back, and could certainly do a great job at Newcastle, and is also an excellent header of the ball, we just don’t see this deal happening.

Chris has played 152 times for Blackburn with 18 goals so far.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    no way we are going to sign him

  • 2 Graeme // Jan 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Ed, there is absolutely NO reason why NUFC could not buy this player. There is more than enough money available to do the deal.

    The main question is – Do NUFC have the AMBITION to bring this quality defender to the toon? We need a high quality central defender and Samba fits the bill.

    The next question is – Are we able to sign this player before anyone else? Its only the start of the window; we have known about it for over a year – BUT our MD, the man responsible for TRANSFERS is on bloody holiday. If that is not blazing stupidity, total incompetence, then I have no idea what is!!

    It beggars belief – or at least it would, if it wasn’t NUFC!!!

  • 3 Widowmaker // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    I thought even at 6M, Samba would still be a bargin. He is not only experienced but also one of the bests in the PL. Just hope AP could get him or someone of similar ability, and we would be only 1-2 players away from challenge the 6th spots.

  • 4 seantoon // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Gutted I thought I’d be waking up to a new signing this morning I expected us to move very quick in this window. Seems to be rangers all over the rumour websites who are buying players

  • 5 Dannyo // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    @Graeme
    Ambition?! I thought Cabaye and HBA shows our ambition plenty last year. They’re both top notch players.
    Not including players like Krul, Collo, Tiote, Ba, Santon, due to the fact that they were all realitvly unknown, except maybe Collo.
    That’s a very strong spine.
    Then we have upcoming Sammy, Vuckic, Gosling, Abeid, Tavernier to shows that we’re investing heavily in the future of this club.

    Ambition is there imo, making big money deals is another entiurely.
    Onto Samba, he offers the presence we lack now that Saylor is gone for the season. We need an imposing fighter at the back, we just don’t have that without Saylor imo. Someone who will throw their body at anyone and anything. Samba is that one.
    Also offers PL experience in the plentys.

    I think we’re all a bit to gloomy here atm, remember Samba plays for Blackburn, why couldn’t we get him? Unless the other big gunners comes in ofc.

  • 6 toonbrother // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Not bothered. There are other players out there. People like Isaac Vorsah at Hoffenheim (Ba’s old club), Banana Yaya and other similar (but younger and cheaper) players we could go for. As long as we get a quality centre back in January ‘ll be happy

  • 7 Dannyo // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Haha, why did i bother posting…

    Lee Ryder @lee_ryder
    Been told #nufc won’t be going for Chris Samba despite all the hype

    /facepalm

  • 8 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Why who’s Rangers signing?? Thats my second love.

    After Newcastle of course…. ;)

  • 9 LewSpi // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    For me, CB is one of, if not THE most important position, I think Pards should be saying to MA, look have your bargain buys and money making players in midfield and attack, but in defense, we need reassurance.

    Samba is the daddy, I absolutely love the guy, if a ball enters the box at head height, there is no way he isn’t going to win it, we just need to act quickly and effectively to lure him before Wenger and Redknapp get in there.

    Tbf, the guy is only 27, i though our age limit was 27 and under?

  • 10 seantoon // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Pretty much every player who costs under 2million known to man,Check it out on BBC sport website on the gossip bit

  • 11 BelfastMagpie87 // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Cheers Sean.

    Probably a lot off bullshit That Rangers Owner is a bigger crook than Ashley ffs… ;)

  • 12 solano // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Dannyo…ambition involves a willingness to build a team to achieve something on the pitch. The club have stated that all our best players are available at the right price at anytime.
    The reason there is a pervasive feeling of gloom around the place is not because Graeme or myself are posting, but because the club are giving off all the wrong signals (again) as regards transfers. Football has a lot to do with momentum and we are rapidly losing ours while other clubs are looking to stimulate their fortunes by some transfer activity….it’s called AMBITION, and despite what you say to convince yourself, we lack in it.
    If we can’t compete with QPR to attract good players, then we might as well pack in.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    blackburn got samba for 450k. I think that boat has already sailed. We should be looking for the next Samba. As good as Samba is, they are bottom of the league as is Cahill at Bolton.
    M’Biwa is only 22 and has masses of potential. Reads the game superbly and is a beast.

  • 14 terencelim // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    The board didn’t even try, trust me.

  • 15 jimmymagpie // Jan 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Sean @ 4 – Pardew told us over the weekend that there would be no signings until he had discussed thing with Deadly Derek, WHEN he returns from holiday. In other words they haven’t even discussed targets yet. This is NUFC we are talking about, NOT a professionally run Premier League outfit, but run from hundreds of miles away by remote control by the only Chief Exec in the League who doesn’t spend at least 5/6 days a week where the club is based, for example, like Chris Mort did. As far as the owner is concerned, we are based in London, and the outfit at the Sports Direct Arena is just an outreach franchise.

  • 16 Lee Dodd // Jan 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    In an Ideal World We need 2 Defenders a New Midfielder and 2 Strikers. Like the last 2 years or so we will get 1 Striker frm Bognor for £12 Grand. and then when its the last day of the Transfer window Put a bid in at 11.50pm and say it was to late sale old same old. Ashley Thinks We have a Strong Enough Squad to keep us up . After the Last Few Months We have a Squad that will be in the bottom half as Injurys and Suspensions and AN Cups Will Bite Us Big Style !!!! We sold Carroll and Jose to Liverpool for over £40 million and what do we get bloody £8 million to spend !!!!!! If The Fat Controller concentrated on the Squad for a While Instead of how he plasters ST JAMES PARK with sports direct logos then we would be a farr better side.

  • 17 ArtyH // Jan 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    What I do not want to hear is that Mr Carr is recommending anyone in this window. Why? It seems that whoever he recommends and it is made common knowledge in the papers, other clubs realise he has done his homework and they go buy that player knowing he will be a great investement on Carrs advice. So for me if Mr Carr keeps his cards close to his chest this window and we sign some great unknown player that would do for me.
    On topic, we should go for Samba he could be worth four or five positions in the league which would pay for his fee’s.

  • 18 Sav // Jan 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    It is fine and dandy to pick up bargain players and unknown gems and it is great when you do, as Carr and Pardew have. However, there are also times for paying the market price for a key player who will take you somewhere. It also boosts everyone else at the club by showing commitment and ambition. The antidote to selling your best players, which we have consistently done. For every Cabaye/Nolan there is an Obertan/Joey Barton where we lost money and lost a key player. We have also gambled on some injury victims and the jury is still out on whether that was good business or not.

    If true, £6million for Samba is a bargain anyway. Mashley is not a pauper and is sitting on well-publicised transfer profits. I hope he is simply keeping his cards close to his gut but have learned to be pessimistic of this lot.

  • 19 nufc786 // Jan 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    we cant risk anything at CB samba would be a great buy

  • 20 demba_ba_ba_ba // Jan 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    we need someone with premier league experince and Samba fits the bill , he is big strong and fantastic in the air aint sure about his pace but colo aint the quickest either but still a great player, truthly i cant see ashley paying the money blackburn will want for him. They will want 7millon up i would guess and we only paid 10millon for colo so cant see us paying over that , someone like Johnny Evans on loan i wouldnt mind either or James Collins will have to see and on the striker front i think we shud take a punt on a championship player , Nickey mayarnd 3millon , Billy Sharp 3millon , even mybe Beckford again or a sneaky bid for Bechio just to see us thourgh till end of season.

  • 21 YOY_Yorkshire // Jan 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Some fair points here, seems to me that samba is well off our transfer radar, given that the kitty is £8M and as per usual this will have to include salaries and the mercenary agents fees. My opinion is that we need to invest to maintain our position and have the slither of a chance of that European spot.

  • 22 nufc786 // Jan 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    we cant risk an unproven buy at CB has to be with experience unless we can get a one off gem

  • 23 arctoa // Jan 4, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    The only way we’d possibly sign Samba is if Coloccini goes out the door. Ashley will view the centre-back situation we have as a temporary issue, seeing as S.Taylor will recover from his injury. Expect a few cut-price squad players to come in to bolster our ranks, and nothing more.




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