Newcastle are now zoning in on a center-back to bring to Tyneside, following the successful and exciting capture of top striker Papiss Cisse from SC Frieburg on Tuesday.
James Tomkins – West Ham player still a target
That signing has not only energized Newcastle fans, but according to Danny Simpson this morning it has also energized the Newcastle squad, because it shows Newcastle’s ambition.
Not only that, but it shows that owner Mike Ashley is finally starting to spend some of that £35M received for Andy Carroll a short twelve months ago from Liverpool.
And news today that Newcastle are now concentrating on getting in a new center-back to the club, which after all, was January’s number one priority.
The news is that Managing Director Derek Llambias and Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley are attempting to drive through the acquisition of a top central defender before the final week of the transfer window.
That means that a signing may even be imminent, and James Tomkins of West Ham remains a leading target, and Middlesbrough’s Rhys Williams is also in the reckoning.
We expect whoever is signed to be quite young, because he will have time to develop with top center-backs Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson already on Tyneside.
Newcastle’s impressive Chief Scout Graham Carr has stepped up the pace of his scouting trips to Europe over the last several weeks, so it could also be that a center-back comes in from the continent – like 22 year-old Montpellier captain Yanga-Mbiwa for example.
But Newcastle can also shock us, since Papiss Cisse was not on many people’s lists to arrive in January, even though we were after him over the summer.
There’s also a chance that players could leave in January, with Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith, whose contracts both run out in June, being the most likely to leave.
If we can get a top young center-back in during January, we’ll have been very pleased with the deals Newcastle have done in January, and we also have some optimism that a number of new top players will also arrive in the summer.
Howay The Lads!!