Newcastle To Sign Championship Defender This Week For £3M

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.

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • Antti

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope not!

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    West Ham will be getting promoted so he’ll cos alot more than the 4 mill already rejected

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    This lad is poor seen him play a few times not worth £3mil not worth our time not even a good development player at 25

  • MarkO

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Not a chance more paper rubbish

  • JamesP32

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    No more than sunday paper talk, have the papers got anything right so far? I think they are just picking at straws.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Why cant we just bring in a loan CB,there has to be a reason this guy has been in the championship so long.

  • supatoonkid

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    he’s too old and small, we need a young, tall defender like Lewis Dunk or Harry Maguire as both are great prospects for the future and are really good now.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    DAVID MOYES signed Jagielka, lescott and cahill from championship, it cannot be all that bad

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    NO!!! He’s crap

  • Irie-Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d say if this tells us anything, it’s that we’re looking locally for our CB, papers haven’t got nothing on our targets, as I’ve said before they’re being treated like: “Mushrooms “

  • Benry

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    The day Shola retires us fans should have an open top bus parade.

  • Irie-Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Got to remember Taylor is first choice so who ever is coming in will have to be ready to play fight for the spot or sit on the bench if not cutting it.

  • spitfire_

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Pardew must trust on Graham Carr. He’s already buy Obertan by himself and he is not a gem like Cabaye or Santon or other come from abroad. Enough with championship players. Not anyone can be like Norwich lads.

  • Toon1978

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Thought Douglas said there was good news on our defensive targets. Well, he ain’t said anything that we don’t already know. What a load of utter rubbish. On Adrian Mariappa, never seen him play but we really should be aiming just a little higher. We where talking about Europa cup this week, well if you want that Pardew, spend the 8 bloody million you have and bring in someone of a good standard.

  • sweendog

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    not gonna be him I reckon its Nedum Onouha + 1, hopefully the montpellier CB.. Nedum wants to stay in the North .. only competition is from everton.. make sense

  • sweendog

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    as for yesterday is was a tale of playing a highline with 2 slow CB’s .. same problem as West brom .. shame we didn’t adapt ..

  • sweendog

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    hopefully we’re in the market for a fast CB that would correct theses weaknesses

  • moonraker

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Was at the match yesterday and Best and Ameobi were pathetic; never looked like scoring, couldnt hold the ball up and have no pace. Thank god weve got the Dembas coming back!

    On a brighter note Ben Arfa was superb! Pards has got to find a way of building the team around him, which is possible when Tiote is back in midfield.

    Not surprised we collapsed in second half as I was worried we were so light in midfield with those 2 strikers AND HBA.

    Poor tactics yesterday although were brilliant in first half; Should have known Fulham would change things second half and Pards should have changed it sooner cos when he did, it was better 🙁

    Ah well it’s only a blip cos weve got so much quality in the squad!

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Some interesting posts on these blogs this morning – not a million miles from what I’ve been saying about certain players for ages. Ed- the news obviously hasn’t reached the States yet, but Tomkins has just signed a new contract at West Ham – hope you’re fighting the good fight! I’m led to believe that the defender Pardew would ideally like in the summer is Vertonghen, the Ajax lad, but we’ll get killed in the rush by the likes of Arsenal and Spurs.

  • archaeomag

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #20

    ……Alan Pardew is hoping for a bla bla bla Championship defender and Bla Bla Coloccini’s contract bla
    United have targeted a bla bla bla Pardew is braced to bla nbla bla .
    The Sunday Sun understands bla bla bla bla a priority target – with United primed to pay £ bla bla bla bla
    The Sunday Sun has also learned that Coloccini’s Bla Bla Bla And news that a meeting has been scheduled Bla bla bla United sources claiming bla bla bla bla bla bla
    United will look to sign bla bla bla bla with bla bla all on their hit-list.

    So the Good News is;
    Alan Pardew is Hoping – Targeting – Braced – Primed – looking to – sources claiming – & all this the Sunday Sun understands and has learnt?

  • macdonaldtudor

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t see this as didn’t AP say young English players would come in, but then again Cisse came in so we might sign anyone. My guess it will be someone as yet not mentioned and they will be another star if lord Carr has anything to do with it

  • Jonny

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    So if Senegal get knock out of the ACON in the group stage (which they probably will do as they look woeful) we could have the dembas back for the Blackburn game and certainly the Villa game. Get in!

  • jimmymagpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Archaeomag @ 20 – brilliant mate, first time I’ve laughed out loud since yesterday afternoon, you’ve cheered me up – thank you! Off to the pub for lunch, let’s hope the next few days are more cheerful than yesterday, leading to a decent result at Brighton. Thanks for the chat lads. HTL!

  • archaeomag

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    @ jimmymagpie Ta mate
    Enjoy a drink – it’s a weekend of Bla with no Ba

  • NorseToon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Whenever and whoever we sign it’s gonna come as a completely suprise. I’ve simply stopped giving any attention to the rumours in any paper. NUFC are fcking ninjas in the transfermarket

  • nufc786

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    to make it worse man u are in a supposed deal for Clyne 3million 🙁

  • Brutooon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #27

    this guy played most of his career at championship level. i think he is as poor as james perch. 3 million is very HIGH for him.

  • RobertNufc25

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve just decided to support who ever Senegal are playing in this african

    Sooner they get put out the better for us.
    They looked piss poor last nyt like.


    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #29

    ha ha norse transfer ninjas i love it ha ha

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s the first time yesterday I thought that players like Cabaye looked tired.

    second half they liften things slightly and we couldn’t compete. No doubts if Cheick was playing we would have won the game. This break will do us good and we will come back ready to advance in the cup, and take 3 points from Blackburn.

    With Senegal losing last night, there is a very real chance that Ivory Coast and Senegal will meet in the first knockout round. If that happens, then you would think that Cheick would come out on top. We would have both strikers back for mid February.

    That’s if Senegal win their 2 games! 1 more defeat and it’s over! They would be back even sooner!!!

    When we got tired yesterday though you could see us resort to hoofball tactics which killed Jonas and HBA who had completely run the game first half.

    another frustration was being suckered by the long ball to Duff, which is the most obvious tactic Fulham have used for 3 years. Thought Pardew would have learnt from last year.

  • davybtoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #31

    as anyone actually seen him play or ppl jus doin what they always do on here n write a player off bcoz hes from the lower leagues

  • Crawfordladd17

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #32

    If we want a decent back up squad player for £3m then go after Angelo Ogbonna he has played for Italy so……

  • rknufc

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #33

    my friend was doin work experience and he was in a puma warehouse and he saw newcastle jerseys.. i dont know if theyre for next year or not but ill put them up to show yous

  • rknufc

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #34

    my friend was doin work experience and he was in a puma warehouse and he saw newcastle jerseys.. i dont know if theyre for next year or not but ill put them up to show yous

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #35

    poor jerseys

  • macdonaldtudor

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Can’t be for next season they have northern rock on ha ha

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #37

    there i was thinking I might wake up to M’Biwa and Cissoko being signed to address our chronic lack of pace at the back.

    This signing has to be the least inspiring to date and falls in to the perch, best bracket. Not top drawer in any sense. For a couple of million more M’Biwa would tick all out boxes. Poor and Williamson has been found out several times on the floor against nippy forwards. Would be surprised if this is a Carr recommendation.

  • rknufc

    Jan 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #38

    @macdonaldtudor id say they are for next season and were just printed before we signed with virgin money. hopefully not because they are really terrible looking jerseys

  • Brutooon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #39

    the black and white shirt look decent hehe

  • FollowFollow

    Jan 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #40

    I’ve never seen him and I’ve written him off.


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