Newcastle First Bid Was £750K For Adrian Mariappa


There is a report in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle’s opening bid for Watford center-back,  25 year-old Adrian Mariappa,  was £750K.

Adrian Mariappa – first bid was £750K

That was the first offer,  and the reports suggest that a later bid was made and was anywhere from £2M to £3M, but it’s more likely to be around £2M and that didn’t satisfy Watford either.

To be fair to the Magpies, they will not want to pay too much for Mariappa, because he’s simply a squad player and unless Fabricio Coloccini or Mike Williamson are injured through the end of the season, Adrian may not even get a game.

And Newcastle never want to pay too much for any player, whether he’s somebody like Papiss Cisse, who was quoted as high as £15M in the latter part of August, or even a youngster like Mehdi Abeid.

But Watford manager Sean Dyche is very upset by what he thinks is an insulting first offer from Newcastle, as he had this to say to the Daily Mirror:

“Big clubs should go about their business in an appropriate manner.”  “I couldn’t begin to tell you how far away it was – my son’s got more in his money box.”

“If clubs at our level are helping to develop players, I think it’s fair to say that big clubs with money should respect that and go about it in an appropriate manner.”

“Rather than tickling us with offers which are nowhere near the player’s worth, to try to provoke a reaction from us, we do not need to accept the first bid that comes along.”

“When you think about Conor Wickham being sold for £7.5m, and Matt Mills going to Leicester for £5.5m, that’s the going rate for players moving in and around our division, and we have to pitch in accordingly.”

Newcastle cannot get their first choice this month, West Ham’s James Tomkins, and the West Ham club are said to be asking £8M for the England U21 International, and there’s no way Newcastle will pay that amount for the youngster.

Dyche continued:

“Unfortunately, as is often the case these days, their offer is nowhere near our valuation. That’s the awkward side of the game now, and they do it for their own reasons.”

Mariappa has made around 231 appearances for Watford and it’s the only club he has ever played for.

But if Dyche thinks Newcastle are going to meet his high valuation of  Mariappa,  we don’t think so,  because why should Newcastle pay so much for a squad player?

Maybe Manchester City or Liverpool may be interested, but probably not.

If Newcastle cannot get a good deal for Mariappa, the Magpies may have to again turn to Chief Scout Graham Carr,  who may have spotted some young center-backs on the continent, and especially in France.

Newcatle must get a center-back in before next Wednesday rolls around, and if Watford want around £4M, there’s no way Newcastle should pay that amount.

As we mentioned earlier today we wonder what Newcastle’s Plan B is, if they cannot get Mariappa.

It may be over to you Graham Carr – and fairly soon too.

Comments welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Nathaniel Clyne is 20 years old and has made 123 appearances for Palace thats awesome for such a young lad

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #2

    from last thread

    ToonIcon // Jan 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    i think the smog monster maclaren at twente will accept £3 mill for douglas now rather than lose him for free in the summer

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #3

    ToonIcon – Agreed, never seen him tbh but apparently hes good

    Also Did anyone know we were interested in Elia in the summer before he signed for Juventus

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #4

    the latest news im hearing is Twente is in financial meltdown and will lose there top players like douglas and de jong either this window or next window

    GT89 i havent seen a lot of Douglas i know the twente fans rate him highly what i have seen of him is that hes powerful and strong and loves a tackle

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #5

    I think this watford lad is no more than a diversion – when you look at him he’s kinda …not…fantastic as a prospect.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #6

    ToonIcon – Where did you hear about them being in meltdown mate? we should just offer them £10million cash for De Jong, Douglas and Chadil

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  • GeordieAnt

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    First offer was £750,000? His son has more money in his money box?

    1. How big is this money box? (Yes it could be in cheque form…)
    2. Why does his son have more than £750,000 in his money box…I used to get a fiver a week pocket money
    3. This was meant to be light hearted as I know the statement was used to emphasise a point before anyone takes me seriously and flames me for it. Lol

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #8

    it’s been on a few websites also i have a cousin in holland he said part of mclaren getting the job again wad because they have no money for signings and need to replace the top earners at the club with youth prospects coming from

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Tskunki
    You could be right there dude,not a sniff on anything about Cisse,in fact we were all bigging Jason Prior up to be the next Roy of the Rovers and then wallop,so who knows what could happen over the next few days.

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  • DoctorZelig

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Must say I have not followed the championship since we were in there….

    Saying that means i do not know anything about Mariappa and can’t say if he is any good. I do trust the scouting of our club so if they sign him he must be good.

    That said there are so many great centerbacks out there. For 3 mil you can easily get a Hangeland quality centerback. I say Hangeland because he was supposed to go to us but we at that time did not think he was worth the 3 mil that his club asked for.

    Lets get real. We got Santon for 5 mil. A young Inter Milan player with international experience and Watford rejects 3 mil for a small 2 tier centerback! Come On!

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  • Geordie-Jake

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #11

    GeordieToon89 I think we shud try and get elia in the summer, he’s only made 2 appearances 4 juventus this season

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #12

    l agree with Tsunki, looks likeMiaapa could be a smokescreen and we are after one of Mbiwa or Douglas also Lee Ryder’s Tweet about the young Palace winger might, just might, be a possible target. Interesting.

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  • free giveaways

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Sean Dyche’s son has got more than 750k in his money box? This guy isn’t worth £2m imo. We should get Bassong or Benaloune on loan untill the end of the season.

    And I agree with the comments regarding Clyne and Zaha, both looked quality today.

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  • apsleyHorn

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #14

    “But if Dyche thinks Newcastle are going to meet his high valuation of  Mariappa,  think again,  because why should Newcastle pay so much for a squad player?”

    “Watford rejects 3 mil for a small tier 2 centre back! Come on!”

    Did it ever occur to you that we don’t particularly want to sell him?! That he’s an important part of our team and unless the deal is “silly money” we have no desire to sell?

    Given that we’ve stated that we don’t NEED to sell, why would we let him go?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I still dont think Bassong is right mentally for this team. I think that’s important. Too much of a paycheck traveller for me.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #16

    can we find the Samba type of defender ? the Non-Sense defender

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  • martoon

    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Another thing to consider is that if the player has lived ‘down souf’ all his life he may not want to move to the North East. He might wait and hope one of the smaller London clubs show interest.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jan 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    I like to think we are going to get a pleasant surprise this coming week, the last few transfer windows have shown the club don’t do much of their dealings in public now so the fact that we have heard very little about a defender means nothing.

    Think about how it, many times have the media beaten the club to the punch with player announcements, it is happening less and less so I am not unduly perturbed at the lack of speculation.

    Remember the club has already stated that all potential players are psychologically assessed to ensure they will fit into the squad with the least amount of fuss and the best impact.

    I think the fact that the players that have come in have gelled almost immediately shows the club is doing it right, so I in my mind if the club does not get a replacement centerback in it’s because they can’t find one to fit the squad.

    Too often the toon has splashed cash on knee jerk purchases that have not worked out and it has been money down the drain, it’s good to see we are no longer behaving in such a manner.

    Careful consideration and if the player does not fit then don’t buy him.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Its highly unlikely that we will go for ANY english based players, if clubs like Watford want 4mill for a player like this, who is no Bobby Moore or Tony Adams by all accounts. We can spend 2mill in France or Africa and get far more bangs for our buck and that makes piles of sense.

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