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Tottenham And Arsenal After Newcastle Transfer Target

8:43 am, Saturday, February 18th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

Newcastle will bring in a a top center-back this summer.

Jan Vertonghen in action against Manchester United on Thursday

And from what we can tell there are four leading candidates that Newcastle have been linked with in the past,  and they are Jan Vertonghen of Ajax, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpellier, James Tomkins of West Ham and Douglas of FC Twente, and they are in no particular order.

The most expensive of the four will probably be Jan Vertonghen, and it seems that both Tottenham and Arsenal could be after the same player in the summer.

Vertonghen was said to cost around £10M last January, but with his contract running out in eighteen months time he should be able to be brought in for less than that in the summer.

Tottenham were represented at Thursday night’s Ajax vs Manchester United Europa League game in Amsterdam, when two second half goals gave the Red Devils a good 2-0 win.

And Vertonghen had a good game against the Red Devils,  and his manager Frank de Boer thinks the 6’3″ 24 year-old defender is good enough to become a big success in England’s top Premier League:

“Especially in the first half, it was very good, especially since we were playing against an English opponent,”   “Jan is already close to the level of Manchester United and he can still improve.”

“Especially as he moves forward through the midfield, he is so dangerous. He sometimes does that too little in my eyes. That’s a shame, because then his qualities are more conspicuous.”

Newcastle have other choices than Vertonghen, but the Belgium International is thought to be the choice of Chief Scout Graham Carr, although Douglas of FC Twente is a no nonsense player and the 6’4″ dominant Brazilian center-back would probably come cheaper than Vertonghen.

Of the four center-backs mentioned above Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa seems the favorite of most of our readers, and of course the Montpellier captain can play anywhere across the back-line.

Who Newcastle can attract to the club will depend on how high up in the league we finish in May, and whether the lads can qualify for European competition, and it looks like Spurs will be able to offer the European Champions League to players next season.

But there again their success has been through the excellent and astute management of Harry Redknapp, and he may not be around come August, as he is the odds-on favorite to be the FA’s choice to replace Fabio Capello as the England manager.

And Arsenal, after another woeful display, this time  against AC Milan on Wednesday night in the European Champions League when they were hammered 4-0 and it could have been a  lot worse, will surely need  new defenders, and they have continually linked with the Belgium International.

We know it will also depend on what kind of deal Newcastle can get for a center-back, and Newcastle usually move quickly and we’re fairly sure there’s already been lots of work done behind the scenes by Newcastle for the summer transfer window.

With the performance of the defense being unacceptable in the two recent London games, conceding five goals each time against Fulham and Tottenham, maybe Newcastle will bring in two top defenders in the summer.

That’s what we’d like to see.

Here’s the results so far of our poll for the center-back targets:

Who Of These Center-Backs Should Newcastle Sign This Summer

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Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours





13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beddersmag // Feb 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Not that hammers lad i hope. Typical if spurs trump us. I juat hope whoever it is has pace as williamsons lack of it disrupts how we play and is costing us

  • 2 toonincheek // Feb 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Need to ask Mr Albert to have a word with Vertonghen.

  • 3 bills-son // Feb 18, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Cisses’s signing shows the club (ie MA) will spend money to get the right players. Cisse was linked with many clubs but we are very very smart operators now in the transfer market and – thanks to Ashley’s policies – nobody’s mugs.

    Whether it is Vertonghen or another player it is almost certain – going by our signings in the last year – that the player signed will be an asset to the team. I’m not bothered therefore whether Spurs or anybody else gets Vertonghen because our transfer record proves 1) we can get top players for little outlay and 2) we sign players who have never been linked with us.

    We’ve had a great season so far but, for me, the Cisse signing shows how deternined MA is to make us a real force in the Prem. I think the squad will be stronger again next season and that – however well we finish this season – we will do even better next season.

    Its a great time to be a Toon supporter – the best time since Champs League under the great Sir Bobby.

  • 4 jesperfuglsang // Feb 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Mabiwa seems to be the better choice since Vertonghen er too expensive.

    We need a fullback as well since Raylor is no fullback. he is a squard player at best.

    we need a young forward as well; McLoven is leaving and neither Ameobi nor Best has a future a NUFC. Would expect Ranger to leave as well.

  • 5 JIMMYBOB33 // Feb 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I Would like British player Defender! if not at least let him be from Europe no more Africans for how many games we lose them for 3 World Class players Chiek tiote and the 2 Demba,s

  • 6 RobertLeeNo.7 // Feb 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I’d like to sign Vertonghen first choice out of the 4 listed the guy plays like collocini but is already a cut above because of his pace and better in the air.

    BUT if he is more than 10 million and we can take Douglas and Mbiwa for 5 million each I’d rather take those 2 as we badly need defensive improvement.

    Vertonghen though would be like signing woodgate again minus the injuries…. hopefully

    Fingers crossed.

  • 7 supatoonkid // Feb 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Vertoghen is too expensive so go for either Douglas on a free or Mbiwa for £5-6M also bring in a younger lads such as Lewis Dunk or Harry Maguire. That should be our defence sorted unless we lose a full back.

  • 8 RobertLeeNo.7 // Feb 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Douglas is like a rough Steven Taylor not as composed as collo or vertonghen but great in the air and plays with his heart. Chops down players commiting to early when they are running at pace but he is only 22 he has more pace than williamson but no more than Taylor

  • 9 RobertLeeNo.7 // Feb 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Supatoonkid – Vertonghen I think could have them persuaded to pay around 8 mil for he IS that good I think might depend a lot on colo signing his new contract.

    Douglas is he def on a free in the summer heard he might cost around % million and he is way off the finished article he wouldn’t get in our starting line up with saylor and colo fit he would be the young centre back they would bring in not Dunk or Maguire.

    We need a new fullback wethet he be left or right back either one could do with an improvement on what we have got. I think Santon will be great but he is pulling an enrique first season job at the minute.

  • 10 RobertLeeNo.7 // Feb 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    sorry not % mil i meant 5 mil

  • 11 dave m // Feb 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Vertonghen would be an amazing signing, hopefully we can get in nice and early for him, get him for 7-9m. i imagine we’ll only go for him if collo refuses to sign a new contract.

    if that doesn’t happen i think Douglas on a free would be quality as a 3rd choice.

    Then get Cissokho ot Pieters, less than 5 for either of them.

    Krul
    Santon Talor Collo Cissokho

    with Tavernier / Wiliamson / Douglas / Taylor as back ups would be good.

  • 12 VanToonMan // Feb 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    IF we finish 4th….there is no reason we can’t get Vertonghen in and Douglas on a free. We would still need a RB, RW and a decent 3rd/4th choice striker as backup to the dembas and besty

  • 13 hodgebpt // Feb 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    dougles on a free and then maybe pieters, saylor will be back then aswell so we will have a decent back line




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