Newcastle Offer For Center-Back Turned Down


It seems that Watford have turned down Newcastle’s bid of around £2M for their 25 year-old center-back Adrian Mariappa.

Adrian Mariappa – £2M offer turned down by Watford

There was a report in the Sunday Sun two days ago that Newcastle would try to bring in the player this week, and it seems some of their initial and top targets like James Tomkins of West Ham were not available in January.

Newcastle need a center-back in during the month in case either Coloccini or Williamson are injured, but we don’t think Newcastle will go too much higher for Mariappa, and certainly it would seem £3M would be the absolute limit.

That’s the amount the Sunday Sun was reporting he would cost, but of course it doesn’t harm much to go in with a lower offer first – Watford may even have accepted it.

Mariappa would appear to be coming in as a squad player, since Williamson and Coloccini are expected to be the center-backs through the end of the season.

Mariappa has only 18 months left on his Vicarage Road contract and so Newcastle would be silly to bid a high price for the player.

Next season Steven Taylor, who was in top form at the beginning of the season before he ruptured his Achilles, will be back,  and it seems the plan is for Newcastle to bring in another center-back this summer, when some of their top targets should be available.

Mariappa almost seems a stop gap center-back for this season, but if the club were going to do that, you wonder why they didn’t try to get a player in on loan.

Maybe that’s because he wouldn’t play much – unless Williamson or Coloccini were injured.

It will be interesting to see if Newcastle go back in with a higher offer for the 5’11” center-back, who is of Fijian and Congolese ancestry, and we must remember there’s only 7 days left in the transfer window.

Mariatta has played for Watford his whole career, and he has made 231 appearances for the club with 3 goals – and we wonder if he would be willing to come to Newcastle to be back-up center-back, when he currently plays every game for Watford?

Of course his wages would be at least doubled, so maybe the answer to that is yes.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 24, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    He isn’t a bad player, if we do sign him, I expect him to be competing for a first team place within a couple of months. He’s strong, reads the game well, has good positional sense. A good old fashioned no-nonsense centre half.

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #2

    play most of his career at championship level. maybe just a good backup for our CB. but 3 million is too much

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  • MrToon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #3

    colo is world class and williamson is a good fill in centreback i think but both of them aren’t blessed with alot of pace. We play a very high back line so i really think we should be looking for a pacey CB. Im not sure how fast mariappa is.

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  • Klatoon

    Jan 24, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Wow,7 days to go in this window? Hectic week coming up,excited and nervous 🙂

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  • Rosted Pork

    Jan 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #5

    wen do senegal play nxt?

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Bassong on loan until the end of the season and in the summer some really good CB.

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  • rotherschild

    Jan 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    spitfire 6
    Bassong on loan a very good idea

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  • markmac

    Jan 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Will he be accepted back though? he jumped ship after relegation dont forget :-/

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    I never accepted what Bassong then do but after all Newcastle must going forward and buying some championship player for much money than his cost is not what the club need. We should swallow our pride from time to time.

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  • John

    Jan 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #10

    We need a monster of a CB that can play LB to of Samba staure id love Bassong back colo isnt getting any younger his pace cud suffer with age, Yanga frm montpellier cud be the soluation, bite wary of this marriappa guy 5, 11″ isnt very big for CB.

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  • Zebras4Life

    Jan 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Mbiwa must be too pricey. He would be a steal at $5M. In FIFA I had to pay $22M to get him 🙂

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  • matt11_25

    Jan 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Bassong would be good I agree we need pace at the back desperately at times.. remember long and odemwingie tearin us up?? as for forgiving bassong never was upset with him in the first place.. at such a young stage in his career he needed to continue compete at the top level – – too bad is hasnt quite worked out for him!

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  • cla5hb0y68

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #13

    5’11”? One of the main reasons our defence couldn’t cope at Norwich, was because of a lack of height in defence. It strikes me as ridiculous that we’d pay £3 million plus, for a 25 year old Championship player who (in defender’s terms) is a bit of a short arse!

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