Newcastle will be signing a center-back this summer.
Adrian Mariappa – Newcastle unlikely to go after him this summer
Newcastle failed to bring in a stop-gap center-back in January, when they couldn’t agree a price for Watford’s Adrian Mariappa.
But they are unlikely to go back for Adrian in the summer, and the four center-backs we have been linked with are Douglas of FC Twente, James Tomkins of West Ham, Yanga-Mbiwa, the captain of Montpellier and Jan Vertonghen of Ajax.
Douglas Franco Teixeira – known as Douglas – turned 24 last month and stands 6’4″ tall and the Brazilian joined FC Twente in 2007 from Brazilian club Joinville Esporte Clube.
Douglas is a commanding center-back and very good in the air and is no nonsense defender, and has played around 115 time for FC Twente with 9 goals.
He is considered one of the best defenders in the Eredivisie and maybe could be brought to Newcastle for around £5M?
James Tomkins stands 6’3″ tall and he turns 23 next month, and he’s played 102 times for West Ham with two goals.
He made his debut back in March of 2008, but James could be expensive, with West Ham said to want around £8M for him.
James has played for all the English Youth teams including 10 times for the England U21 side.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is the captain of French club Montpelier, who are second and just one point behind leaders PSG in the French League, and he can play anywhere along the back-line.
He was born in Bangui, Central African Republic but moved to France when he was very young and joined Montpellier back in 2006.
Yanga-Mbiwa has already played 175 times with four goals for Montpellier, and he has also played 8 times for the French U21 side.
Mapou stands 6′ tall and is valued at around £5M.
Jan Vertonghen has played for Belgium 35 times and he stands 6’3″ tall.
There are a number of clubs after this player, and he could be expensive with Ajax said to want up to £10M for him.
He has played for Dutch club Ajax 201 times with 23 goals after joining the Ajax Academy back in 2003.