News is coming in that Watford have just rejected Newcastle’s third bid for center-back Adrian Mariappa.
Adrian Mariappa – 3rd bid turned down by Watford
That was supposed to be the third and final bid from Newcastle, and it’s very unusual for Mike Ashley to go back twice with improved offers for any player, but that seems to be what has happened with Mariappa.
It seems that Newcastle have now bid £750K, £2M and £2.5M for the promising 25 year-old center-back, who stands 5’11” tall, if news reports are to be believed.
We don’t think Newcastle will go back in with a fourth offer for the 25 year-old, so we suppose Newcastle must move to Plan B and even Plan C if we are to get another center-back into the club during this January transfer window.
Just to show how bad things could be – Coloccini is now a doubt for tomorrow’s game at Brighton – and the best we can do is to play James Perch out of position in central defense.
Perch will do his best as usual, and can even play solidly in central defense, but that’s not his natural position, and there’s just no way Newcastle should go through the rest of the season with only two recognized center-backs.
There’s only four days left in the transfer window, so we assume Newcastle are working like crazy to get someone suitable into the club soon – and certainly before Tuesday night rolls around.