The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Newcastle will be signing a defender from the Championship within the next week.
Adrian Mariappa – Newcastel will pay £3M for this player
It seems that Newcastle are after 25-year-old Watford central defender Adrian Mariappa, and the club are willing to pay £3M for him.
And as well as getting that player in this coming week, Alan Pardew is keen to get Fabricio Coloccini tied down to a new deal on Tyneside, as we reported earlier today.
Newcastle will be traveling to Tenerife today for a sunshine break and team building exercises, but Newcastle hope to also carry out more transfer business in this coming week.
Adrian Mariappa joined Watford as a youth player, and it’s the only club he’s ever played for, and Adrian made his debut for the club in a League Cup match against Notts County in August of 2005
He will have also played with Mike Williamson, when Mike was at Watford from January through September of 2009, before Mike signed on at Portsmouth for £3M, almost five months before he joined Newcastle for £1M.
The player is of Fijian and Congolese ancestry, and he has played 231 times for Watford with 3 goals, and the 5’11” defender was born in Harrow, London.
Mariappa is ranked fourth in a list of Hornets’ players who have made the most consecutive League starts, and he has made 113 in a row.
It seems he is being brought in as a squad player, but he can play for Newcastle in case Coloccini or Williamson get injured through May.
And of course he could be like his former Watford team-mate Mike Williamson, and improve big time on Tyneside, and we’re sure that’s what Newcastle will be hoping for.
It also seems that Coloccini’s agent will be coming in from Argentina in the next 10 days or so, and that Newcastle are said to be very confident they can close a five-and-a-half year contract with the Argentine International.
That’s good news indeed – and we need some of that today!
And as we reported earlier, Newcastle are still keen on West Ham’s James Tomkins, and he could be signed in the summer.
The news is that Newcastle will sign another defender in the summer, and that’s in addition to Mariappa, and that’s certainly what Newcastle need to bolster the back four.