Five Center-Backs Newcastle Are Linked With In January

Newcastle need to bring in a center-back in January,  and these are five of the players we have so far been linked with.

James Tomkins – West Ham

Before we start it seems that Newcastle are not interested in Chelsea’s Alex or Blackburn’s Chris Samba.

Alex wants to stay in London and is said to be a target of QPR, but at £3M he would be a bargain, and we ‘re not exactly sure why we don’t want to go after Samba.

But maybe it’s his wage demands which would be around £60K/week that is the problem, but there again at around £6M the very experienced and powerful Chris Samba would be a bargain for some club.

Here are the center-backs we have been linked with this January starting with the player shown above – 22 year-old James Tomkins of West Ham.

Newcastle put in an improved bid only last week for the West Ham center-back,  but  the £4M offer was turned down.

It will take a bigger offer than that for West to allow their 22 year-old defender to leave the club in January, because West Ham want to be promoted back to the Premier League in May.

And they will hardly want to lose their best players half way through the season, and the West Ham co-owner David Gold today said the lad was not for sale last week:

”We want to keep James Tomkins, we really do want to keep him. I think it is fair to say he is not for sale.”

We think it would be difficult for Newcastle to get this player in January.

James has played 103 times for West Ham with 3 goals and he has made 10 appearances for the England U21 side.

Jan Vertonghen – Ajax

It seems that Newcastle’s top target is Vertonghen, a 24-year-old 6’3″ Belgium international, who is at Ajax, and it’s believed Chief Scout Graham Carr is a big admirer of the player, but the Belgium will not come cheap.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham are also interested, but it seems the fee may have already put Newcastle off, and it could take as much as £10M to secure his transfer.

Jan joined Ajax back in 2003 as a 16 year-old from Belgium club Germinal Beerschot, and has played 201 times for the Dutch giants with 23 goals, and he has played 35 times with two goals for Belgium.

Yanga Mbiwa – Montpellier

Montpellier are second top of the French League after 19 games played, and have 37 points and are just 3 points behind leaders PSG.

Yanga-Mbiwa was born in Bangui, Central African Republic in 1989, and he is now a naturalized citizen of France, and that makes him eligible to represent France at International level.

The youngster is already captain of Montpellier at just 22, and he can play anywhere along the back line, and is keen to play in England, and said this back in late November:

“People live for football in England, and that is what I want to experience,” “I’ll see what offers I get, but English football is incredible.”

“There is more physical contact than in France, but I like that – it suits my style of play.”

We think Yanga-Mbia would be a good buy for Newcastle at around £5M, and his flexibility could also be a benefit to Newcastle.

Harry Maguire – Sheffield United

Born and bred in Sheffield, the local lad is just 18 years-old and has so far played 28 times with one goal for the Blades this season, and in total has made 32 appearances.

Newcastle manager Pardew has been monitoring the powerful center-back’s form since the start of the season, and the youngster has been simply outstanding for the Blades.

Harry was the star performer for Sheffield in their fantastic run to the FA Youth Cup final just last season, which was the Blades first FA Youth Final they had reached in 59 years.

The Blades lost the two legged final 6-3 to Manchester United last May, after drawing the first game 2-2 at Bramall Lane.

Maguire has been an ever-present this season for the Sheffield first team and last October, in order to protect themselves more than anything else, Sheffield signed the lad to a new four year contract through 2015.

Maguire could cost as much as £3M in the transfer window, but he has great potential.

Lewis Dunk – Brighton

Lewis has played 23 times for Brighton this season, and made his debut back in May of 2010, starring 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.

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.

We’re not sure how much he would cost Newcastle but it would probably be around £2M or less.

Finally, Alan Pardew is said to have about £8M to spend in the transfer market in January, so if he could bring in Mevlut Erding from PSG for £5M,  and young Harry Maguire from Sheffield United for £3M we would be happy enough.

Yanga Mbiwa would also be a good buy at around £4M if we could get him for that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    All good targets imo, but i don’t know too much about them english youngsters. However, as long as Carr does, then 😉

    Also some Hoilett news to move on from the Carroll stuff.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    It was said in a recent article that there money availble for certain positions to add depth in the squad, and there were money also available should the right target become available.
    We always get allot of rumours like any club, but everything should be taken with a pinch of salt.
    But bidding £6 mill for Hoilett is a good deal both for us and for Blackburn, considering Rovers will lose him for nothing in the summer. I’d wait half way through the month tho, and give them a cheeky bid for £5 million. They’d have 2 weeks to get a possible replacement aswell.

  • cyprus

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Frankly, these two would be good but it’s more important that we don’t lose any players. January windows have traditionally NOT been good for us. Use that extra money to boost irreplaceable players. We currently have one who will hit 30 goals in the PL (these players are EXTREMELY hard to find) and one who is technically as good as any nu. 10 around.

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4


    While I understand we don’t know how much is in the transfer window kitty, I know that 8 mil has been thrown around alot. I think MA and AP play alot of games during transfers to benefit the organization. It can be irritating to us the fans but if it keeps working I’m all for it.

    I just can’t imagine getting Erdinc, Hoilett and a CB. That would unbelieveable.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    On ba, i don’t begrudge Ba a move to PSG in the summer! If its his home town club, who he’s supported since h was a boy, and lets face it are going to pay him 100 odd grand a week and will be challenging in the champions league next season, you can’t deny him that move! I’ll be royally pi$$ed off though if he turns up at any other side!

  • Dannyo

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Would also like to add this to put the rumours to death:

    iandovaston @skydovaston
    Andy Carroll’s agent, Mark Curtis, tells me there is ‘no truth whatsoever’ in reports linking the player with a move back to Newcastle.

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7


    If the agent is saying no then he just might be coming back. HA!

  • Dannyo

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    If that happened, we would reach Europe 110% and i’d go as far as to say that i like MA.
    However, those three, won’t happen.
    1 or maybe, just maybe 2.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    I think that we need experience cover at centre back just at present. I don’t think MA will shell out for the Dutchman so my preference would be Samba followed by Mbiwa. The youthfullness of the lower league players has its attractions but the step up is big ask. So long as it’s not Ridgwell. As a punt up front I think Matt Phillips at Blackpool is worth a look along side Junior Hoilett

  • bambams

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Re the Demba situation, i blogged on another thread couple of days ago that you live by the sword and die by the sword.
    If we have exploited other clubs by identifying clauses to sign players (cabaye and Ba perfect examples) then we just have to hope the players are happy at Newcastle and do not WANT to leave.
    I still genuinely believe Ashley will have spilled this to Spurs, he will not be one bit bothered if Ba goes, he can blame the player stating he wanted the clause and we were powerless to stop him!
    On the transfers, still think we will be lucky to get anyone over the line- more likely to sell players. Just feel we are a total selling club now and if an offer comes in for the club (lets face it we have a very strong foundation financially now) and it makes Ashley “look” like an excellent “business” deal…He will sell.
    Pardew has done so well and so have all the players, would love this to continue but past experiences with the owner and chairman do not build confidence. IMO

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11


    I have a feeling your right and Hoilett would be #3 in the pecking order behind a CB and striker.

  • Oleg G

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    I am afraid we will get one of the locals. The cheaper ones, from lower leagues maybe even.
    Not those flashy ones like from Ajax or Samba, too good for our money unfortunately, we won’t offer enough.

    This Yanga Mbiwa guy sounds really cool player, but I think he won’t be sold this window.

  • FloridaToon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13


    No way MA spilled anything. Why would a greedy, lowlife, money stuffing owner (as the neggars say) do anything to get less money for a player???

  • bambams

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Florida Toon…
    Ashley is a spurs fan, we still do not know what the clause is- it has been suggested it was as low as 5mill now its supposed to cost up to 20mill with payments and insurances.
    Ashley will have something where he will make a profit, i look at his business and he buys everything as cheaply as he can and sells at a profit- cannot see any other reason why this would be different. If he can make 3/4 million profit over a six month period he will. That in my opinion mate, hope i am wrong and we will know more at end of jan.
    On the whole- i genuinely believe we will be weaker after this window and not stronger- again hope i am wrong mate

  • Lynxie

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Lewis Dunk. 23 appearances with 11 yellow cards already eh? Why do we need him, we already have Kamikaze Perch and Tiote who are experts in getting suspended…with alan Smith a capable replacement…………………
    I would prefer to see Mbiwa at SJP myself. captain of Montpellier, all rounder, looks very handy indeed.

  • martoon

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m sitting on the fence about MA. I’m not sure if he is a money grabbing FCB who will sell any of our players for a profit as some of you maintain or whether he really does have the good of the club at heart and is turning it into a well run, upward looking club.
    However I think by the end of this transfer window we will have an idea i.e. whether we sell or strengthen the squad.

  • Howden Mag

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Ashley is a successfully business man in sports retail. All retail businesses buy and sell at a profit that is how they exist and develop. We have developed over recent years and continue to improve, i believe he wants success at this club. Please give it a rest and wait and see what happens.

  • John

    Jan 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    ——- ———- Holliet

  • bambams

    Jan 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Howden mag
    I will give it a rest.

  • duncandisorderly

    Jan 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Word from a Blades fan is that Maguire is ‘solid’ but has no pace. He’s not going to get any faster as he gets older!! Mbiwa would get my vote

  • toonincheek

    Jan 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #21

    Not saying this IS the scenario, but if Ashley cannot prevent clubs stealinbg Ba for £7 m in the summer, then why wouldn’t he try to generate interest NOW, when he could agree a higher fee. Right now, if the release clause is as reported, the MA is in control of the transfer fee.
    A club may well pay more NOW, to avoid the summer rush and have him immediately after the ACN.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #22

    How big/tall is Mbiwa?


    Jan 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #23

    à Toonuncheek
    1 Metre 84
    77 KG
    Futur tres grand joueur,oui

  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #24

    I agree We must Keep Who We currently have Maybe get Shot of Alan Smith. Cant See us Getting anyone but jason prior. we have called James Tavernier back today so we must need cover for Danny Simpson.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Negative waves Toon “fans” – get behind the Manager & the Board. At least we didn’t do a Leeds Utd like we might have done. Give Carr some credit. If we can hold on to what we’ve got and add a solid centre back, striker & full back plus the mustard midfielder from Dijon we won’t have done bad in this window. We can afford to tell Man Utd,Liverpool, City, Harry & Chelsea where to go on Tiote, Ba, Cabaye, Krul & Colo at least until the summer then renegotiate realistic contracts.


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