Newcastle will try to do a loan deal if they cannot tie up Watford’s Adrian Mariappa before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Adrian Mariappa unlikely to be joining Newcastle
Newcastle have not been too lucky with loan deals over the last few years, and two that immediately come to mind are Uruguayan Ignacio Gonzalez and Stephen Ireland, both of whom appeared only twice as subs for Newcastle.
Gonzalez came on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2008, along with a certain young striker called Xisco.
The Uruguay International played only twice during the season, and was injured for almost the whole time he was on Tyenside, and the word on the deal is that it cost Newcastle a cool £1M.
And Stephen Ireland’s last year wasn’t much better, as he was injured a few times and also managed to make only a couple of sub appearances for the side.
The Newcastle club informally decided they would not do any loan deals because of those bad experiences, which were hardly cost effective.
But Newcastle must bring in some cover for Williamson and Coloccini at the back for the rest of this season, and then they can bring in a top center-back in the summer.
That looks to be the new plan, since it seems unlikely that Mariappa will be arriving on Tyneside in the next couple of days.
The local Sunday Sun is reporting Newcastle have been looking at some foreign targets, so we wonder if Cesena’s 24 year-old Yohan Benalouane could be one of them.
Most of Newcastle’s center-back targets have not been available in January, which is why the club may just bring somebody in as center-half cover for the rest of the season, and then buy a top center-back in the summer.
And we have to compliment James Perch on a very steady showing at center-back yesterday afternoon, and he is leading out Man of the Match poll with 50% of the vote.
James played solidly throughout the game yesterday, and kept making key interceptions at the back.
Perch gets a lot of criticism from Newcastle fans sometimes, but credit where credit is due – and well done James Perch yesterday.