Newcastle Linked With Top Welsh International Defender

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is now ready to go after Ashley Williams of Swansea.

Ashley Williams – Swansea’s top center-back

It’s not the first time that Newcastle have been linked with Williams,  and former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton was a fan of the 31 times capped Welsh International.

Williams has been impressive in the Premier League this season, and it’s the very first time he’s played at the top level in England, and seems to have taken it in his stride.

And certainly Swansea have a good defense,  having conceded only 23 goals in their first 20 matches.

The 27-year-old was at center-back for Swansea at Villa Park yesterday when they beat Aston Villa 2-0, and that was their ninth clean sheet of the season.

But Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers will hardly like to lose a player who has been a stalwart at Swansea since signing from Stockport County in the summer of 2008 for just £400K.

So it seems that Rogers has put an £8M transfer fee on Williams, which seems a bit high.

But unfortunately everybody and their mother know that Newcastle United are desperate to sign a center-back in January, and the Tyneside club may have to pay over the odds, if they want a top class center-back, which is what Ashley Williams is.

Williams began his career at the West Bromwich Albion  Youth Academy in 2001,  and moved to Stockport County in 2003, where he played 176 times with 4 goals.

Williams reads the game very well and his positional sense is excellent –  he very rarely gets injured and he’s played 166 times for Swansea with 11 goals.

It will be a commentator’s nightmare if Newcastle sign Williams and partner him with Williamson in central defense. 😀

The other defender Newcastle are linked with in the Mirror is Curtis Davies of Birmingham City, but there’s two things about Curtis – he’s not good enough and he’s injury prone.

Apart from that we suppose he would be a good signing, but we don’t think he’s good enough for Newcastle, simple as that.

On the other hand,  if we can get Ashley Williams for a decent fee,  he would be a good buy and Newcastle can certainly double the wages he’s getting at Swansea, which are said to be of £15K/week.

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Rumours Rumours Rumours. I rather wait after the transfer Window shuts then make comments rather than speculate.
    More pressure on AD after Sunderland won today and are 6 points away from catching up. Plus they have a better goal diff.

  • toon_army_redlichtie85

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Williams is one o the best centre defenders in the game! Very underrated in terms of who he is playing for, would be in my element if we signed him!
    Toon army!

  • boater

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle linked with this guy, Newcastle linked with that guy. This guy goes to West Brom, that guy goes to Fulham. Some chubby chasers come on and say we don’t know how lucky we are to loose all goals from midfield, spend no money, whilst asset stripping the club, and selling our soul for non-existent sponsorship deals. There is a staged phantom signing on the last day of the season. And the next day the boards are a flutter with talk of how the departing Tiote wasn’t that good anyway.

  • kilcline

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #4

    We were never linked with Tiote and he signed out of nowhere, i doubt we will know who we are going to sign until they are holding the scarf above their head.

    Effin Mackems are catching us!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Or how he is a Judas who only cares about money while being bundled into MAs helicopter.


    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Another name to add to the list. Good player though and least I have seen him play more than I can say about most of the links we have had

  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #7

    This would be a great and not unreasonable window:

    Onuoha – 3m
    Hoillett – 5m

    We know Onuoha is available and most would prefer him over Tomkins. Hoillett; well Blackburn aren’t in any position to haggle for an inflated fee, his contract expires in June and they’re in trouble financially anyway, apparently.
    ____Hoillett____Cabaye____Ben Arfa____

    Before anyone mentions it, Hoillett and Ben Arfa are tucked in, not wingers. This allows Cabaye to play in his most effective role.

    Mike, Mike, is that too much to ask, Mike? 🙁

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Cant see Ashley paying more than five million for anyone and cant see another Prem club letting a player they rate go cheaper than that,seems like not every club needs the money as much as us.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Yes please…absolute tank.

    Better than Tomkins anyway, who has to be one of the worst defenders ive seen in the prem in years.

    Horrible again against birmingham in the championship the other day as well.

  • toony tempah

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #10

    I know we are not after a striker, and i know we havent been linked with him for a while but if we dont go after jordan rhodes we are a bunch of tits. He has been amazing the last 2 seasons and surely h is worth a shot!?! I think a young striker like him is just what we need right now to be an understudy to ba, he can come in with not much pressure and just learn the PL. Having an aging Ameobi as number 2/3 isnt progressing our team

  • daffy

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Alright lads ? Looking over ya shoulders?

  • nufc90

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #12

    like the s********* wall when ryan taylor curled that beautiful free kick over it?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Aye daffy there’s a nasty smell getting closer

  • LewSpi

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Only looking up Daffy. You might only be 6 points behind us, but we’re only 6 points of 5th..with a game in hand.

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #15

    such a better option if our only other confirmed interest is indeed tompkins.

    if it’s between those two, i’d take williams any day of the week.

  • Irie-Magpie

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Well, we better make tomorrow count I’ve bn saying this for the past few days, results going our way so all we need is this win tomorrow to put us back on course.

  • LewSpi

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Apparently a young lad called Thomas Hesakmi is Toon bound, 17 year old ‘wonderkid’, this is all I know.

  • NUFCarter

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Nufc linked with Carroll short loan I’ll be up for that

  • alip123

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Don’t remember you showing your face on this blog Daffy after Ryan Taylor put one over the wall

  • daffy

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Alip123 – Just got over a severe bout of toonitus – not very pleasant , but im much better now thanks.

  • YankToonFan

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #21

    @ LewSpi – Any link?

    @ Ponderous – Would that Hoilett only cost 5M. Cant see other squads letting him go to NUFC for only that price…

  • MacToon

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #22

    ha ha dafty, can’t believe it took you so long to find out agent bruce!

  • Dyer8

    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Ryan Bennett (Peterborough)
    Curtis Davies (Birmingham)
    James Tomkins (West Ham)
    Craig Cathcart (Blackpool)
    Jack Hobbs (Hull)

    Nathaniel Clyne (C’Palace)


    Jan 4, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #24

    To old? On Sky sports, Pardew said he didn’t want to reveal targets. Remember our stratergy, Buy cheap and young players.

  • petesull

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Anyone else think newcastle are in the perfect position here….. B’burn want Guthrie , we should take hoilett….. Guthrie and 3mil I think would get us hoilett…….

  • styla

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #26

    hey guys this AC stuff is getting around the net alot.caughtoffsie has this article and its top of the bill atm

  • The Dream Boat

    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #27

    Twitter rumors going round that a young Finish lad Thomas Hesakmi might be joining us. U21 international, CB don’t know much more.

  • chris_g

    Jan 4, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Vincenzo Iaquinta? I seriously hope not. Too old and injury prone and the Juventus fans simply don’t rate him. Here’s a couple of their comments:

    Bart Belgium
    10:06 AM Aug 18, 2011

    When will they learn. They shouldn’t let Iaquinta anywhere near the training field. How many injuries did he already sustain there? And it’s not like training will improve his performances anyway.

    Chris Japan
    2:43 PM Aug 18, 2011

    wasn’t he injured about 3 weeks ago? Poor guy. A few years ago when he was fit, his physcality and workrate were his best attributes. He has never had much skill, only power and passion. Now that he is injured, he is really no use to Juventus, or any other top flight club. send him to england.

    More comments here:

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 4, 2012 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #30

    well this is great, alan….

    read the bottom half in particular

    so, yeah he’s been fit which was obvious contrary to what he said after bolton….he was just trying to be agreeable to the press. I think he’s close to reaching his boiling point.

  • t00ntime

    Jan 4, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #31

    @mattynufc I agree with ben arfa we shud play a passing game like swansea. Because according to benny pardew wants to play with crosses and we all agree obertan and jonas cant cross…
    maybe benny shud become our manager hahaha

  • t00ntime

    Jan 4, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #33

    obertan had a fitness test yesterday and was declared fit 😉 so he is probaly 80% fit but pardew wont play benny on the wing so obertan will start, unless his injury gets worse

  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 4, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #34

    i hope he doesnt play. would prefer sammy 😉







  • geoff777

    Jan 4, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #35

    As a Newcastle fan I don’t want to have our most talented players on the bench.

    I’d like to see HBA on the pitch. Play him for 65-70 minutes then bring on Vuckic.

    We have a points tally that almost guarantees survival so lets give a few youngsters a run in the team.

    Drop Jonas for Ferguson.
    Abeid for Tiote during the ACN and the Cup games.

    I’d like to see us go 4-3-3. Our strength is midfield.
    Playing 4-4-2 is great if you have good wingers. We don’t.

    Midfield – 3 from Abeid, Tiote, Cabaye, Guthrie (Give him a new contract asap), Gosling, Perch, Raylor.

    Front – 3 HBA – Ba – Vuckic – (Obertan – Jonas – – Sammi – Gosling – Ferguson – Marveaux)

  • alex84

    Jan 4, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #36

    Interesting to see Benny saying he prefers a different type of play to what pards wants….I hope they don’t clash…come on pards he’s ready!!

  • t00ntime

    Jan 4, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #37

    tbf though alex pardews plan sounds stupid 😛 he wants to play with crosses… from who? :S
    I hope pardew hs now realised the long ball tactic we have used for the last 6/7 games hasnt worked… back to the apparant french method… short quick passes 😀

  • cyprus

    Jan 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #38

    AP, to break down Manu we need flair. PLEASE play HBA the whole game, from the start, or else he’ll begin looking at the door and he’ll end up tormenting us for years to come in a Liverpool shirt. Do not substitute him in the 60′. Why should we only be concerned about one player’s confidence? Doesn’t the same principle hold for the whole team? 2-1 United (the real united, not the one with 2 city teams!)

  • alex84

    Jan 4, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #39

    It doesn’t just suit Ben Arfa playing direct, it takes cabaye out of the game as well…what’s the point in buying these technical players when we play hoof ball.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 4, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #40

    Alex84 is absolutely right,why sign Cabaye if your game plan is to bypass midfield with one simpson hoof to Best after another? He would of signed Reo-coker instead 🙂


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