Newcastle Have Tabs On A Number Of Top Youngsters

Newcastle have already  already been linked with 21 year-old midfielder Jacob Butterfield, and now the Evening Chronicle are reporting we are keeping tabs on a young center-back.

Lewis Dunk – 6’4″ Brighton center-back

The player is 6’4″ center-back Lewis Dunk,  who turned 20 last November and he is on a two year contract he signed back in April of 2010, which means it runs out soon.

Newcastle have made lists of players whose contracts run out in the summer, and they include both youngsters like Lewis, and older players too.

It would be very good if the Tyneside club can sign more free agents,  like Demba Ba,  in the summer,  that’s for sure. 😀

Lewis has played 23 times for Brighton this season, and made his debut back in May of 2010, starting in the 0–0 draw at Milton Keynes Dons, and he can also play in midfield as well as at center-back.

The player has already attracted the interest of top clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Liverpool, in addition to Newcastle.

And like Jacob Butterfield, Lewis received his first call-up to the England under-21 squad in November of last year, for the European Championship qualifiers against Iceland and Belgium.

The player was born and bred in Brighton, and is a tough tackling no nonsense center-back, but in his 23 appearances this season he has already picked up 11 yellow cards.

So like Newcastle’s current defensive midfielder, Cheick Tiote, Lewis will have to work on that part of his game.

Dunk made 9 appearances for Brighton last season, so in total has around 32 appearances for Brighton so far in his career.

Of course Lewis will not be the experienced defender Newcastle need to sign this month, but we fully expect Tamas Kadar to be leaving in the summer, and there’s room for more top youngsters at the club.

And just like Jacob, Newcastle may decide to try to sign the player this month for a small fee, or wait until he’s a free agent in the summer.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Jan 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s all well and good signing good young players and free agents if they have the quality and ability to play in the prem, but when you sell your best players for massive money and then reinvest nothing what can you hope to achieve?
    Not every free agent is going to be a Demba Ba, and Graham Carr has proven with the like’s of Tiote and Cabaye that we don’t need to be making 10+mil signings but with a squad that is small and still full of holes we need to invest some of the money thats been brought into the club

  • SteJay

    Jan 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Im really getting pissed off with Ashley, every day theres another player weve missed out on that we didnt even make an efforet to sign,what was wrong with;

    Macheda on loan?
    Donovan on loan?
    Corkula on loan?
    Robbie Keane on loan?
    Even your man Townsend, the winger who signed on loan for Leeds,he looks a good player-better than Obertan anyway
    Why dont we put in a bid for Jordan Rhodes?
    Why didnt we try sign Makail-Smith during the summer-all these players are better than Lovenkrands
    Even put in a loan bid for Oxlade Chamberlain- he would be worth having in the squad
    Why are we not in for Alex from chelsea,i know hes old but if he came cheap i dont see the problem
    Also Wayne bridge must be sick of playin golf every day maybe he would take a wage drop to sign for us

    I bet there will be 10 more players that will sign for smaller teams and we wont even try to sign any of them

    If fat boy put his hand in his pocket this January and signed 3 or 4 good players we would be guaranteed Europe next season, but we all know that wont happen-well prob get in just 1 average lower league player and miss out on europe narrowly

    Look Ashley if you dont want the club then sell the bloody thing and do us all a favour and piss off

  • Dannyo

    Jan 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    We won’t be getting more players on loan, cause it’s not financially plausible.

  • JackButler

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    The Carrol coming back on loan story is pathetic. First we sell our best player to Liverpool now we could take him back on loan to build up the confidence that Dogleash has killed in the lad.
    Why pay 35mil for a player and then not play to his strengths shows the stupidity of King Kenny, but its easier for the Bin Dippers the slag the player off than openly admit that their Messiah is clueless

  • shearerno9

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry but there is just no chance and no point in carroll coming back, when he left we had end product from wingers and a left back… now simply put, we dont – also if he was going to come back it would leave liverpool woefully short upfront and they would want a massive loan fee – never in a million years is this going to happen for me.

    I really want to see some ambition by the club in this window but thats essentially been written off already when pardew said maybe one or two players coming in – we need at least four but id settle for a CB that can play LB when needed, and anybody…. really anybody who can cross a ball

  • jayphoto

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #8

    stejay! we turned down the chance to sign macheda! He’s awful, didn’t score a goal in 20 odd games in italy last year! Landon Donovan would only sign for everton, he said that a bunch of times! Robbie Keane is nowhere could enough for our side, Id rather have shola! Alex is on 90k a week at chelsea and has said that if he can’t move to a champions league team and has to take a pay cut, then he’s going to move back to Brazil! Asfar as Townsend is concerned, hes not much younger than obertan, people forget Gabbys only 22!

  • shearermania

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #9

    carroll wont be coming back……
    judas soiled our sacred #9 shirt which is blasphemy.
    he made his own bed and took the silver coins….
    may only god have mercy on his soul

  • jimmy

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #10

    god most of you are so hard to please. i think you must all expect us to be in the top 4 all season. all we have is a good 11 backup isnt that great so has soon as we lose a few players we were always going to struggle. as soon as perch is in pardew suddenly becomes a clueless manager but what else is he supposed to do. once we get beat tomorrow youll all get on pardews backk tomorrow after game the guy just cant keep most of you happy. we could prob have the sheiks as owners and mourinho has manager and in top 4 and you prob would still not be happy.BE REALISTIC WE ARE A MID TABLE TEAM AT MO AND FOR FORSEABLE long as we are in prmierleague we should be happy

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #11

    I see somebody has selected ‘frenzy mode’ on the rumour mill……. didn’t take long.

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Why dont they just sign a experinced centre back??

    Im all for signing good young players etc.

    But is this lad able to step into the team when Colo or Willo get injured.?? Doubt It..

  • JackButler

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #13

    @jimmy – the issue isn’t with Pardew, the issue is with Ashley, we are so close to having a great squad but he will not invest anything. He was to make 20mil available for transfers we could get 4/5 players in that would make a massive difference. Carr has shown with Tiote and Cabaye we don’t need to spend stupid money for players, with the lose of Ba and Tiote to the ACoN, if we pick up 1 or 2 more injuries we will soon drop into the bottom half of the league and thats before the potential sale of big name players during this window

  • shearerno9

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14


    agree with everything your saying but with clever investment that european spot could be ours, granted it may be detrimental next season because of the small squad but if we got it ashley would have to recruit quite a few players you would think??

    The troubling thing for me is that it is only minor tweaks and we would consolidate that europa league spot, its not massive money but maybe 12 million would do it, by the sounds of it smith and harper are off so their wages should be a huge weight off – time to reinvest… will it happen? i doubt it

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15


    I don’t like the way pardew plays, simple as. I hated it with allardyce too. football is an outlet for me , an entertainment if you will. I don’t want to see people like ben arfa on the bench when the ball keeps getting hoyed 60 yards up to best or Shola. We don’t have to play that way. You could give allardyce 500m and he’d probably still tell them to hoof it, play offside and kick people. Frankly pardew is another wannabe english manager in the same mould as Allardyce and this rubbish about going out to win every game, well 1 shot on goal at Liverpool tells you otherwise.

    Far better managers than Pardew have worked wonders with way less talent available to them.

  • John

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Danny Simspon has been very poor of late costing us goals at the back noticed when players run at him he drops off way to much, time to move over for santon, i wouldnt mind seeing samey get hes run in the team now swaping with harris wen needed, i dont tink obertan is a starter more of and impact player when defences are tiring, love to see us move for samba, our wingers and their supply to front men and goals contribution wud be our biggest weakest strength at the moment.

  • AussieToon

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Okay the more the months go by the clearer things become.

    Mike Ashley is all about profitering from this football club. In a way to promote Sports Direct. He will fund that by the simple principle of buying low and selling high. We will continue this route for as long as he is in charge. Demba Ba, Tim Krul, Chieck Tiote will all find new homes at the end of the season at the latest. In their place will come cheap bargains, brought in by the amazingly talented Graham Carr.

    In this policy, debts and running costs will be paid through transfer dealings whilst the other income will keep the club self sufficient. In all this the ugly logos of Sports Direct will be heavily present and continue to grow throughout the UK from the vehicle that is NUFC.

    If Ashley, and puppet Pardew were serious about this club and making an impact, well the proof would be in the ambition this window.

    We are 7th. Mainly through a lot of other poor teams in the competition, but somehow we are 7th. Now we have had a few injuries and will have a couple of key components go play in another tournament. What should happen if your heart was in the progress of the club? That’s right, buy to guarantee a European spot. We have two ways to make it, that’s by finishing 7th or 6th, or winning the FA Cup. Both scenarios require more depth.

    Now, I am realistic not to expect a lot of big names to head through the door. But there doesnt need to be. All that is required is cunning purchases of depth players.

    For instance.

    Rhys Williams for 3 million pounds from Middlesbrough. Versatile player. Cool, poised and skillful. Can play in ANY defensive and midfield position. Wants to play for a big team in the Premiership.

    James Tomkins, good young CB, ready to go now in the absence of Steven Taylor. Would be a great purchase and give us extra depth in a position we are devoid in.

    Also if they think we can maintain a chance at Europe or winning the FA cup without more striking options, they are kidding themselves. We need 4 players in to the team for added depth and strenght to give us a genuine push for Europe. Nothing else should matter if the owner had the club in first place. It is quite obvious he doesnt.

    Also to the local, gutless journos like Lee Ryder. What a bunch of con artists these guys are. They never ask the hard questions, they regurgitate news that is pointless and always protect the owner and Pardew. These guys have no balls and in no way get the truth of the matter for the fans. They are pawns who are too scared to step on toes at St James’ Park. Gutless twerps.

    What is needed at Newcastle is a couple of journos that actually research happenings, not sit and interview people at the club to right puff pieces. Need journos who will step on toes and get to the bottom, and slap them when mistakes happen.

    Until this happens, fans of NUFC across the world are getting ripped off.

    Utterly disgusting.

  • shearerno9

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Im not going to have a go at pardew but i dont know what happened to the football we were playing earlier in the season? i cant see the likes of cabaye and coloccini staying for that type of footy. If they go others will have their heads turned aswell… get it down play expansive football and try win games with attacking football.

    Look at fulham, decent squad nothing great there although i like ruiz, and played nice free flowing football against arsenal last night

  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Thats the most frustrating thing.

    If we were to spend some ££££ & get in 3 players in this window we could stay were we are.

    But we wont….

  • Toon-Barmy

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #20

    If we are looking for players with contracts up in 2012 here are a few of my favourites from the Premier League:

    Solomon Kalou
    Somen Tchoyi
    Roysten Drenthe
    Darron Gibson
    Hugo Rodallega
    Maynor Figueroa

    Can anyone think of any others???

  • welshy14

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    players whos contracts run out in 2012 who necastle should look to sign
    andreas guardado
    newcastle could easily attract sum ov these wi 1st team football imo

  • martoon

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Rotonda – a little harsh to compare Pardews playing style with Allardyce but I have to agree with the consensus on here that for a medium investment in the team we could secure a European place – which would surely be worth it.

  • kevymartins

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    junior hoilett not running outa contract? an the way that lad has been playing he could walk into that man u team an take youngs spot just a shame ashlee would’nt even turn his head towards the lad

  • jayphoto

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Aussietoon, as a photographer, i’ve been at a few press conferences! The hard questions do get asked by Ryder and co! Problem is 75% of the questions asked don’t get answered and Ashley and LLambias are very prolific in banning certain journos and publications from the club! The media outlet from the toon is so tight its unreal, all questions must be okay’d before the press conference etc

  • jayphoto

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #25

    didn’t realise farfan is out of contract! That lad is immense! Imagine he’ll join Bayern though, he turned down england before to go to germany! (believe he had offers from liverpool and arsenal)
    Ninis has a lot of potential, albeit in an attacking midfield position we’re full to the brim with! I like Diame, personally think he’s as good as Tiote! big mates with Demba Ba too! Would love him at the toon! Think Breno, guardado Hoilett and Kalou will all move for massive wages to champions league clubs though!

  • jayphoto

    Jan 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #26

    take it back about Breno! That lad is makes Balotelli and Asprilla look like monks! Talk about a controversial career so far….

  • theleckworthbird

    Jan 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #27

    The number of players we keep tabs on during transfer windows – it’s a wonder ST James isn’t nicotine stained.

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d take a serious look at supporting an MLS team here in the states if carroll came back….

    i’ve been watching the toon for the better part of fifteen years but never have i heard such lunacy from one of our managers close to that of when AP spouted he’d “love to have him back”. I can’t think of any top flight manager in the world who’d throw away 10m on AC. In my opinion if he did hypothetically come back it would highlight so many things wrong with this club, number one and two being AP’s obvious lack of tactical know-how and ability to spot a player (IF AC was brought back)

    and secondly that our board really honestly does have zero intention of seeing the club they own and run become a success. For all the rhetoric spouted when AC left, of being better off financially and on the field of play, how would they possibly be able to spin this one? AC is hardly worth 5mil anymore. his touch is atrocious, his positioning deplorable….the saddest thing of all though is that he fits our current style of play to a T. bring him back and watch the cards fall…

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 3, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #29

    ok, so the MLS thing was a bit hyperbolic…it’s such sh!t here, either way, it would leave me pretty disheartened if that tw@t came back

  • SteJay

    Jan 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree with what jayphoto and danyo are saying, im just frustrated that the club isnt kickin on or makin an efforet to do so

    Macheda might be cat alright but it was just an example of the type of player were supposed to be after and we dont even try, also what about Shane long why didnt we try harder to get him, he would of been lethal partnering demba ba up front this season

  • rich_toonfan

    Jan 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #31

    As a club of our reputation and history worldwide we should be looking to use that to our advantage when signing players. I am happy signing young players with a good resale value if/when they improve but we must try to hang on to some of them or if we can’t replace them with established players.

    I know its different and not entirely relevant but i play cricket for a local team where we had good young players and experienced players. When a lot of older players retired at the same time we struggled as although talent was there, experience wasn’t.

    Arsenal have a good model for bringing through quality and have a good financial balance but even they haven’t won anything for years,

    If we want to improve and push for europa league we need a good CB in (ideally Samba, Vertongen) and a striker (maybe robbie keane on loan for 2 months as he is rumoured with villa). That would be good as we wouldnt waste money panic buying a striker and we would have signed CB of genuine quality,

  • Sav

    Jan 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree with comments about the way Pardew had us playing earlier in the season – all about keeping the ball and using it – and the way we do now. I know we’ve had some disruption to the side and had to face some top teams. But 5 minutes and 42 passes at Liverpool shows what we can do. Krul needs to stop hoofing clearances – he needs to watch videos of Reina for distribution – and we need to drop Obertan who treats the ball like its got the clap.

  • Sav

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #33

    By the way, we were about to sign Maiga. He’s not a world-beater and we were poised (allegedly) to part with several million (6 or 7?) for him. Carr had previously been examining closely a number of striker options (having been looking to reinfoce since Carroll’s departure a year ago).
    Well Maiga is declared unfit and suddenly Pardew says ‘we’ll go with what we’ve got’? This from a manager about to lose our one-man goal machine Demba Ba for at least 3 weeks, maybe 4 and possibly, if unlucky with injury, much longer.
    This stinks like Llambias’ jocks.
    It just does not equate with any kind of realistic appraisal of where we are now, given that Ashley is still holding a massive transfer kitty and especially in the context of the new EUFA ruling soon to be balance club books. Once that comes in Mashley can argue we didn’t buy enough of his replica shirts but until then surely a bid for a Hoylett or a de Jong would be a good plan?


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