Newcastle United Zoning In On New Center-Back


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!!

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87 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #1

    So we’ve spent £10 million of the AC money.
    Now where’s the £25 mill of the AC money!?!?

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  • Tonzzz.

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    to be completely honest, james tomkins is showing a massive lack of ambition. too bog standard of a defender, we should be looking to try to sign up one of the better defenders like toure, vertonghen, onuoha, on loan deals, just to see us out until summer, when we can try to revive taylor, and then use our summer transfer budget to bring in a full time back up defender then.

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  • ryan toon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    whats this about ryan bouduluez lads

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  • AK Malaysia

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    We really need a defender this Jan window.. Then we can close the shop / window…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    just can’t see it with Tomkins myself, far better Rhys Williams, M’Biwa etc.

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  • AK Malaysia

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    ED.. Small respect to our big man Ameobi.. How bad he is.. I still remember the smiel / laughter he made scoring that penalty (never miss 1) & scoring vs the mackems… Not forgeting that beautiful trike vs Spurs… So, please ED.. That guy play for more than 10 years for us already…

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    1st Yanga-Mbiwa, 2nd Rhys William, 3rd Tomkins for me. Also Onoucha equaly as Aussie.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Also i’d better sign that defenders from Shefield and Brighton instead of Tomkins from West Ham. It would be cheaper and better in longer run trust me.

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  • -Tendo-

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Does anyone know if tickets for the FA Cup tie against Brighton will go on general sale or will they still only sell away tickets to members/season ticket holders?

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  • Paul P

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Chris samba. Get him bought. That’s all we need.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    AK Malaysia, Shola is on the banner, you just can’t see him tying Papisto’s laces.

    Dannyo, please don’t start that conversation again, it was exhausted during the months January – October.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    K

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    @Lewspi
    Good to see i got someone on the hook 😉

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  • Toontappy

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #14

    I went to the Wrexham Brighton match last night great game could have gone either way,young Lewis Dunk was very good,so calm under pressure had loads of the ball considering he played centreback,made 3 or 4 tremendous tackles and bought the ball through midfield with great confidence,looks a top prospect.

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Haha I would call you a swear word if it wouldn’t be censored.

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  • Phatoon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    It would be stupid to spend this mystical £35 million over a short period, adding £10 million of it every window or year wouldn’t be too bad. It’s good to have some “reserves”.

    @Paul, Would love Samba, but can’t see it happening, but if we did I would be beaming 🙂

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Tendo – only to ST holders and members, because the club want to know who they are selling to in order to prevent things such as the Darlington game, and if they do happen they will know who was responsible.

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  • ALAN1974

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Dannyo just because we have 35 million does not mean we have to spend 35 million if you look at the players we have signed i dont care if it takes 3 years to spend that money as long as the team improves like it has

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  • LewSpi

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19

    And Phatoon takes Dannyo’s bait, meanwhile, Dannyo sits at home in his wingback leather chair, stroking his cat with one hand and a fat cigar in the other, smirking at the thought of his achievement for the day.

    Evil mastermind.

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  • danishmag

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    i would like to hear what Barton and Enrique thinks of our new number 9..

    No ambitions eh?

    twats

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  • Eastander

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    You fat cockney b*stard, get… to the bar can I buy you a pint?

    To be fair he’s not even that fat anymore

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Imagine…..

    Krul
    Simmo. Colo. Mbiwa. Santon
    Cabaye. Tiote. Guthrie
    Benny
    Cisse. Ba

    That’s definately a champions league possibility

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  • darko

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s great to sign new players, and none better than a new striker. However a coaches job is to make the team better, something that gets overlooked all the time when teams just sign new players rather than coach their current players to be better. Our coaches have done this though, I can’t think of a player who hasn’t improved recently. Long may this continue.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Danishmag- y include Barton. He was forced out!

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  • martoon

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Tendo – the lads at NUFC.COM normally put all that kind of stuff on their site (right hand side).

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Carlos kameni got released by espanyol and has now signed for malaga

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Seriously we should be pushing puma or gettin someone like nike for more money Liverpool have got a new deal with Warrior Sports which will replace Adidas and its worth £150million over 6 years :/ so £25million per season thats just to make they strips

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Barton said for one of his reasons was that the owners lacked ambition thats one of the main reason he left and also the fact hes a tw*t ya cant slag off the person who pays your ridiculous wage and get away with it

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  • hrocks

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #29

    Dogleish has 25m burning a hole in his pocket from the new sponsorship deal

    can someone please make some alan smith highlight videos and send them to him

    Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Danishmag- y include Barton. He was forced out!

    Forced!!!!!!!!! do you think his club has no ambition statements in public were correct???

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Caught offside.com recons arsenal are going to make an 18m bid for Ba this month…
    Anyone think it’s bullshiit?

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  • -Tendo-

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #31

    2_goal_tino – i thought that was still the case but was hoping it had changed!

    martoon – do they sell tickets on that site or does it just let you know when they are available?

    Cheers guys

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  • hrocks

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #32

    tendo

    NUFCOfficial Newcastle United FC
    Tickets for the FA Cup match with Brighton will be on sale from the Box Office at 2pm today, call 0844 372 1892 or… fb.me/VJ29jGCm

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  • ronaldeano

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #33

    Is caught offside.com usually accurate? or are they complete bullshiit artists?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Seriously BA will not leave this month and i seriously doubt he will leave in the summer aswell especially if we get into europe, plus Cisse asked for assurances Ba would not be sold and he was told he would not be sold plus apparently thaz a new contract being readied for Ba when he gets back

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  • -Tendo-

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #35

    ronaldeano – it’s caught offside….that should be more than enough to convince you it’s bollo*ks

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #36

    Caught offside are total bullsh*t mate

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  • -Tendo-

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #37

    hrocks – cheers man! i’m guna try and get some somehow, i live in pompey so that’s pretty close!

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  • hrocks

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #38

    blackburn signed a striker. maybe hoilett will now be on move

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  • -Tendo-

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #39

    an exmaple of caught offside – when Carrol was sold the first article was ‘Newcastle in for 25m rated Hulk’….says it all really

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    @Lewspi
    Hehe, i like the description mate. Much better than being called a swear word. Sadly, i’m at work, and it was simply a stroke of genius 😉
    Or a stroke of “Evil Mastermind” as you call it 😉

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