The Sunday Sun is reporting that Newcastle hope to make a transfer breakthrough within ten days.
Harry Maguire – Sheffield United 18 year-old center-back
We had been told there would be a transfer summit meeting last week and that indeed took place at a plush Quayside hotel to discuss transfer targets and strategy and both Alan Pardew and Derek LLambias were in attendance.
The meeting is said to have gone well, and when Pardew was asked after the 2-1 win at home to Blackburn yesterday about what was happening in the market, he said the transfer business was going well, but he obviously couldn’t comment more than that.
The word on the street is that Alan has around £8M to spend, and he would like to bring in a center-back and maybe also a striker with that money – but that may be tough – unless Graham Carr has some targets lined up on the continent.
But the Sunday Sun says if a really good player becomes available Newcastle would cough up extra cash, but only for the right player.
Newcastle will not sign anybody over 26, and it seems that an England based striker is being lined up so take your choice – that could be Watford’s Marvin Sordell or Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes, but we have no more idea than that.
It seems that Newcastle will go after young and promising players anywhere over 18 years of age, who may not immediately command a first team place.
And that’s okay, as long as the center-back can come in and do a job in case Fab Coloccini or Mike Williamson get injured through the end of the season.
We were badly exposed when Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini were both injured, and the game at Norwich will long live in the memory for what happens when you have two central defenders who are weak in the air.
We conceded four goals from crosses into the box.
This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today:
“The player coming in will certainly be under 26,”
“I’m quite relaxed about it. We’ve got a good group of players and I’d like to bring in a player,”
The news that was also reported last weekend is that Newcastle have regularly watched Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk in action on several occasions, and both are young but very promising center-backs.
Lewis Dunk – Brighton’s 20 year-old center-back
Maguire is 18 years old and Lewis is 20 years old, but both are starters at their clubs, and appear to be outstanding young talents.
A center-back coming in will unlikely unseat either Mike Williamson or Fabricio Coloccini, but they will progress and be the fourth central defender at Newcastle. That’s along with Steven Taylor who will return form his Achilles injury for the close season.
That seems a fairly sensible approach by Newcastle and if we had a choice between the two young center-backs we’d go for Harry Maguire.
What do you think?