Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle are hoping to still sign Watford’s Adrian Mariappa before the transfer window closes at 11:00 pm tonight.
Adrian Mariappa – Newcastle still after this player
It’s also being reported in the local Evening Chronicle that Mariappa is the number one choice for Newcastle today, and both John Carver and Steve Stone were at Friday night’s FA Cup tie with Spurs, where Mariappa looked a solid player.
But it’s by no means certain that Newcastle will bid the amount Watford are asking for the player – Newcastle’s last bid was anywhere from £2.25M to £2.5M, and Watford want £4M for the player.
We’d be surprised if Newcastle go in for the fourth time for Adrian, but there again it must mean Newcastle think he would be a good buy, and certainly he looked a good defender against Tottenham.
Alan Pardew is not giving much away of course, and he and this to say to the local press today:
“On the last day, there might be some movement.” “But nothing that will impact on us massively in or out.”
“On the back of Cisse coming in, not to lose Cheick, Demba or Colo or anybody else means we would have had the best window we could have had in my view.”
That could be good news for Newcastle fans that nobody is going out of the club – that’s one of our main concerns today – after what happened last January on this final day of the transfer window.
Newcastle will still go after another center-back in the summer, and it appears that FC Twente’s Douglas and Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen are the current top targets.
We’d be very unhappy if Newcastle don’t bring in a new center-back today as cover for Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini, but there again James Perch’s display at Brighton was very solid and encouraging.
We think James is okay if he’s playing alongside either Coloccini or Williamson at the back, but if both center-backs are injured, Newcastle would be in big trouble, as we were at Norwich City.
There again there’s always Tamas Kadar, and when he’s played for the Newcastle first team before, he’s shown excellent temperament and has performed very well.
But for whatever reason Pardew doesn’t seem to rate the Hungarian, otherwise he would have played him when we were so short of center-backs.
One deal that could happen in the next twelve hours is a loan deal for Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands, whose contract runs out in the summer.
So Peter could move much the same way Alan Smith has left the club on loan to MK Dons for the last six months of his contract on Tyneside, but the news is that Peter would prefer to stay on Tyneside.
Both Birmingham and Wolves are said to be interested in Peter.
And the latest from Sky Sports is that Fulham are about to land Rhys Williams, the Middlesbrough center-back, who is an Australian International and has been linked with Newcastle this month.