Seven Days To Get Another Center-Back – What’s Plan B?


Newcastle have had their first offer for Watford center-back Adrian Mariappa turned down.

Adrian Mariappa – will Newcastle increase their bid?

The powers that be at Newcastle are now considering whether to mount an improved offer for Mariappa, and Derek LLambias and Secretary Lee Charnley will be in touch with Alan Pardew in the Canary Islands.

Newcastle had a £2M offer turned down yesterday for the Watford center-back, although in some reports that amount is said to be £3M.

Its seems that Swansea may also be interested in the player and former Sunderland center-back Nyron Nosworthy has now been signed permanently by Watford this month.

Watford manager Sean Dyche has said the Norsworthy has not been signed, so they can now let Mariappa leave:

“No, absolutely not,” “We are not expecting to sell any of our best players in this window.”

“Obviously Cristiano Ronaldo was sold by Manchester United because someone met the asking price.”

“So everyone has a price, but we do not have a remit to sell any of our players.”

“We want to keep hold of all our good players.”

But Newcastle will not overpay for Mariappa, and if Watford have priced him too high, say at £4M, then he will simply not be coming to Tyneside.

But Newcastle must bring in a center-back in the next week,  and if they are going to pay around £3M for Mariappa, there are other center-backs like Montpelier’s 22 year-old Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who are worth just a little more than that.

The Frenchman can also play anywhere across the back four, whereas Mariappa is a center-back and is only being brought in as cover for Coloccini and Williamson.

It could be a tricky situation for Newcastle,  since they must bring in another center-back before next Wednesday, but they will simply not overpay.

So we wonder if they cannot get the Watford vice-captain into the club, what’s their plan B?

A loan deal would be a decent option, but the player coming in will hardly play, because Williamson and Coloccini will likely remain the first choice center-backs.

If Newcastle are only after cover,  why not go after Liam Ridgewell of Birmingham, who has played over 250 games in the Premier League, and can also play at left back?

Liam is good enough to be a squad player at Newcastle and he already has Premier League experience.

What do you think the other options are for Newcastle if Mariappa proves to be too expensive?

Comments welcome.



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247 comments so far

  • Hatem

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #1

    planb’s a w@nker

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Hatem u beat me to it!!! B@stard!

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  • dawid182

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Plan B? A guy, hes name is James Perch, yeppp

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  • dawid182

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #4

    his*

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  • GeordieCoaster

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Anyone worrying about Colo not being on the Tenerife pictures yeserday, their is a new set of pictures on the website with him on.

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  • G

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Regards posts 1 & 2. Lolz guys.

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  • toonthompson

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #7

    senegal play equatorial guinea tomarrow

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  • G

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Back to the headline, get Rhys Williams. A seriously good player in my opinion.

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  • toonthompson

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #9

    anyone seen hatem in any of the pictures from the tenarife

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #10

    @G its like Ed set the headline up on purpose!

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  • Hatem

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #11

    As soon as I saw it ahah

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone else finding themselfes roaming twitter, anxiously awaiting news of a CB, in similar regards to how Cisse popped up?
    Christ, i’m bored…

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  • G

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #13

    @ post 10. Surely Ed would never stoop to such levels? … Respect Ed!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Dannyo every ten minutes mate!
    G if ed did do it on purpose i have infinite respect for him!!!!

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  • Hatem

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone seen the pics of Willo and Shola playing tennis on the official site, looks like Shola’s taken up the wrong sport

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Hi all just checking in on my phone before firing up the laptop later I just wanted to know is planb in bed yet before I do? Title of this post worried me a bit it looked like he was getting his own editorial spot 🙁

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki ur safe mate its that time wen he has to stay in his room cos his mums has all his ‘uncles’ round

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  • cla5hb0y68

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Cover, for Colo and Willo? The lad’s a comparative midget compared to those lads. Lack of height in defence, Norwich game anyone?

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  • G

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #19

    TDS, regardless, I have always had maximum respect for Ed, for giving us somewhere to view our opinions about our favourite team. Not bad for a bloke who has lived in the colonies for far too long now, probably cannot pronounce Aluminium correctly, the letter ‘Z’ (Thats Zed, not Zee), and when he refers to the f@nny he is probably an inch and a half out!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Hatem aye mate our very own venus williams!!!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Cleaning the guinea pig cage out while his mam gets the rent money in? Ok checking in later with full IQ then :))

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Plan B is a mongoloid

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #23

    QPR have signed Taiwo on loan til the end of the season good signing for them

    Since there is no real news on NUFC I have resorted to seeing what other clubs are doing….this transfer window is so dull

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #24

    G its ok have nithing but respect for ed anyway gor dedicating so much time running this blog keep uo the good work ed lad all the best!

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  • Hatem

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #25

    haha WWJDB, i’m not too miffed because of our new number nine :D, but he does look a good signing and very fast

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #26

    @wwjbd yeah with a view to a 2 year deal later notice he turned down the initial deal which was a permant 3 yr deal with no loan hes obviously confident there gonna stay up!! Kinda glad we passed or lost out on him sounds like abit of merc!

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #27

    @WWJBD
    I literelly sat infron of the PC since about 4-5 ish when Cisse signed, until 11 the same evning.
    The other 552 hours this window has been boring as hell so far tho…

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Hatem
    Haha me either but he would of been a decent addition to the squad.

    toonarmydownsouth
    Oh I didnt know all that about the deal. To be fair on him though he is going from AC Milan to a relegation fighting QPR not exactly a huge improvement on his situation

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Wwjbd nah dont think id wanna sign permanent either!!

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Dannyo
    Haha exactly that has been the 1 highlight of this window. Every other team has had bugger all to enjoy haha

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Hahahaha any1 see the daily mail yoday front page is a pic of redknapp with his 2 bulldogs looks more like a family photo. Its great im playing spot the real redknapp lol!

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Newcastle’s plan b in the transfer market is much like Alan pardews plan b when it comes to tactics… None existent!

    I am usually very positive but it’s a bad week and at the minute I see it difficult to see us getting a cb back in when we should have got one in when sol Campbell left and we should have certainly got one January 1st.

    Sometimes I love our stubbornness in the market but this week it us p*$sing me right off! Fulham showed the world our weakness lets sort it out with plan a! Whoever that might be.

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #33

    toonarmydownsouth
    I dont know that much about him as to whether I’d actually want him to sign permanently. Decent loan option depending on his wages

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh someone got the homework done and gets to play online again until tea 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Teg @ToonTeg Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Alan Pardew live from Tenerife on BBC Newcastle 95.4FM at @ 6.15pm.

    I’m gonna listen to this 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Bettie cheer up man ur supposed to be the positve one!! Youll give planb a hard on with chat like that!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #37

    Uh oh his mummys let him out his cage!

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Aww man! you said planb was in bed! You promised!!! we may be on the wrong track with him, he begrudges all things succesful at Newcastle, has no knowledge of the game to speak of and doesn’t seem to be interested in supporting any team in particular. My conclusion therefore, Watson, is that he’s a Smog.

    Anywhooooo whats the craic on the defender prospects, we still fishing the muddy beck wile those wily cats up Barrack Road plot their fiendish schemes or is there something definite in the air? Times running out and I was hoping to see a surprise addition to the hotel booking list in Tenerife.

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  • super magpie

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #39

    I see the little cretin known as plan b has co me back for his fun and games

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #40

    I doubt plan b can get a hard on as he hasn’t reached puberty yet

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