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Is This Central Midfielder Good Enough For Newcastle?

11:01 am, Monday, April 9th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

It will be a chance today for Newcastle fans to have a look at central midfielder Mark Davies, who is rumored to be on Newcastle’s radar for this summer.

Mark Davies – Bolton midfielder a target for Newcastle?

Alan Pardew scouted the Bolton side on Saturday, in their 3-0 home defeat against Fulham, and there was news several weeks ago in the local papers, that Davis would be a Newcastle target this summer.

The Wolverhampton-born player played for England at U16 through U19 levels, but has not received any recognition since from England.

Mark played at his home town club Wolves until 2009, after joining them when he was only 9 years old.

He then joined Bolton at age 21, after he had handed in a transfer request,  and the fee was £1M rising to £2M based on performances – so we assume Wolves got the full £2M for him.

Davis had  found it difficult at the time to get in the Wolves first team, and played only 27 times for them, and since he’s been at Bolton he’s played 98 times for the Trotters with six goals.

He was also on loan at Leicester City in the 2008-2009 season where he made 7 appearances with one goal.

We have to wonder if this lad is good enough for Newcastle, but maybe Graham Carr has seen something in him that he likes.

We’ll have to see how Bolton fare this season, and whether they are able to survive in the Premier League, but if they are relegated then Newcastle could probably get a decent deal for the lad.

But again, we have to wonder if this is the quality of player we should be bringing into the club this summer, especially if Newcastle qualify for European competition for next season.

What do you think – is Mark good enough for Newcastle?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    better and economical than Alan smith (now)

    See, i dont like the word cheap, i prefer economical

  • 2 UpTheRoad // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    He’s a very good player. Very neat, very tidy and pops up with the odd goal. He’s a good player but I don’t think our team could acommodate him.


  • 3 ConsettToff // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Mega excited – taking my boy to see the match this afternoon. My first visit to SJP this season and his first visit ever. Looking forward to a mint day out.

    Of course, a demolition job on Bolton would be the icing on the cake!


  • 4 MrToon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    If we are looking for a Squad player to take smiths spot then I wouldn’t mind. Cheap, better than smith, prem exp and potential.

  • 5 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Consett – that’s you and munch27 taking their lads 1st time today – hope he loves it you may rely on him one day to get you a season ticket !

  • 6 magpie6699 // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Mr Toon (last blog) – I think they are going to drop Alonso now that Steinsson is back. But I would still back HBA to cause most players problems. I still rate Enrique as a left back (not as a goalie!) but HBA did him a couple of times.

  • 7 Ben3arfa // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Very mobile central midfielder like to give the ball and make runs into the box, would offer a different approach if played in our system ..

    Unlike Guthrie, who is a fantastic player but plays a very similar game to Cabaye .

  • 8 magpie6699 // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Just hope we’re not cream-crackered after so many games in a week – but just as hard for Bolton who played on Saturday.

  • 9 pardew no 1 // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    swap deal for guthrie ??????????? he looks like a solid player and young and english i think

  • 10 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Know absolutely nothing about him; what kind of midfielder is he?

    We might need a Defensive Midfielder or a Box to box midfielder.

    Rumors has it that Amalfitano is a done deal, so…

  • 11 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    WE DEF should go for Jarvis , I live in the Mids and have seen him for Wolves a few times in the last couple of years he is a left winger that will defend and def cover for Guitty if unfit and he would be cheap , Davis is a squad player at best but you may as well sign guthrie rather than the unknown

  • 12 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Big rumour from a mate in chelski that Tiote will be bought for 25 million in the Summer they will also take Ba for 7 Million if the clause is correct ready replacement for Drogba and Essien

  • 13 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Better buy would be Davis from Rangers , again cheap and is a box to box player

  • 14 Dyer8 // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    1st. Marvin Martin (Sochaux)
    2nd. Benjamin Corgnet (Dijong)
    3rd. Joe Allen (Swansea)
    4th. Mark Davies (Bolton)
    5th. Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley)

  • 15 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Jayjo that is not a rumor, it’s called wish-full thinking 😉

  • 16 Robby Bobson // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Great player…box to box but goes on jinking runs…can also play on the wing.

    Not many English players of his type.

  • 17 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    You both know if they come a sniffing and the money is right ..he will go ,

  • 18 Tsunki // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Jayjo – Ba will not go anywhere for a measly 7mil.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Really good list; I would prefer anyone of them as long as they are a work horse and are very good at keeping possession 😉

  • 20 davybtoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    ha why would tiote n ba leave for a team we are gonna finish higher than in the league, n ive said this b4 tiote is worth more than 25mill sum may say hes not but am sorri if carroll is 35m n henderson 20m tiote is worth over 30m

  • 21 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Yes if the money is right! Any player has his price, but Tiote’s is bigger than £ 25 and it remains to be seen whether Ba has a clause or not and what kind of clause he has.

    It’s all just speculation and wish-full thinking 😉 It’s like visiting the rumor room on 😉

  • 22 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Fingers crossesd Ba does the job on the dotted line then we can all sleep easy

  • 23 GeordieToon89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Davis from Rangers is about 29/30 nd also he plays in scotland for a reason

  • 24 davybtoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    while were doin rumours someone on twitter yesterday claiming amafilitano n douglas are done deals n petiers is close

  • 25 Klatoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Robby Bobson sums him up well, he’s always looking to go forward. In our current 433 he’d be best suited for the Gutierrez CM role.

  • 26 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    The sky is the limit next season if we can keep the core of the team and suppliment it with 2 or 3 others … Its great to be able to chat about the positives nopw rather than the negatives

  • 27 ConsettToff // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Tsunki – it’ll be a while before I’m having to ask him for a season ticket, he’s only two and a half! Starting him young, but coming from Consett I don’t want him swayed by the local mackem influences. Although the fact that he has a bath every night should go some way to preventing that…

    Shame Tiote is crocked, I wanted to see if he’s as terrifying in the flesh as he appears on TV.

  • 28 mindshaft // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Well Smith will be off the wage bill come the summer so that frees up around 3,500,000 off the annual wage bill, Xisco will go next year and will save a similar amount – that’s 3.5 million a year we can offer in wages without adding to the wage bill which is probably 2 players a year from French/Dutch league and they’ll be young internationals rather than useless fecks

  • 29 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    …and according to Jimmymagpie we’re not interested in Douglas???

  • 30 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Newcastle keen on Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano
    Apr 8 2012 By Dean Jones

    NEWCASTLE are set to sign another Frenchman – a move likely to be music to the ears of the Toon Army.

    REIMS midfielder Romain Amalfitano, whose contract runs out in the summer, is playing down reports linking him with the switch.

    But PEOPLE SPORT understands that The Magpies already have the 22-year-old all tied up.

    Amalfitano’s brother Morgan plays for Marseille and is in the France squad.

    Newcastle also want Brazilian-born defender Douglas, the kingpin of FC Twente’s back four, but face competition from Ajax.

  • 31 GeordieToon89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Davybtoon – carroll and henderson were only tht much because they’re young and english..! Tiote for £25million would be a class deal then replace him with either Moussa Sissoko or Diame(free)

  • 32 davybtoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    think the fact that weve shown no urgency to give ba a new deal shows ba clause aint as straight forward as u pay 7m n youve got him, ive said all along ill bet its only a relegation clause

  • 33 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Newcastle Still Keen On Mark Davies
    Newcastle United are once again being linked with a summer move for Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies and reports suggest that Alan Pardew will use today’s clash between the two sides as an opportunity to run the rule over the 24-year-old.

    Davies will almost certainly quit the Wanderers if they are relegated at the end of the season but according to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle he would relish the opportunity of European football with the Magpies and could be up for a move to the Sports Direct Arena regardless of where Bolton finish.

    Newcastle are set to part with a number of players this summer with Danny Guthrie linked with a move to Aston Villa and Alan Smith and Peter Lovenkrands almost certain to be released.

    Davies’ was linked with Newcastle earlier this season and has been watched by Alan Pardew’s scouts on a number of occasions.

    Newcastle Close In On Amalfitano
    Newcastle are close to announcing a deal with Reims for midfielder Romain Amalfitano. Reports last month suggested that the club had come to a pre-contract agreement with the 22-year-old who has impressed at the Ligue 2 club since arriving on a free transfer from Evian in the summer of 2010 (see here for full story).

    Amalfitano is out of contract at the end of the season and talks have been taking place since the start of the year over a three-year deal with the Magpies.

    He plays as an attacking midfielder, scoring three goals in 20 league games for Reims this season, and is the younger brother of Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano. However, he has no experience of top flight football and would represent a risk for Pardew.

  • 34 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I think Chelsea payed more for the service of Essien back then…

    Tiote is not leaving for £ 25 mil. At 10 mil to that, then we’re talking.

  • 35 davybtoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    gt89 yea mate i agree ive said to you b4 that if we sell anyone tiote wud b easiest to replace theres alot players across europe cud come n do his job n 25mill wud buy 6 or 7 quality players the way we do business

  • 36 Klatoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    ConsettToff, ur gonna have to get that season ticket after he sees HBA nutmeg an opponent 3 times in the same game. 🙂

  • 37 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Does anyone else think like me that Tiote wont be a great loss ????

  • 38 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    That or it’s based on our final position and may only apply to a CL team.

  • 39 davybtoon // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    jayjo tiote wouldnt b as big a miss as ppl think simply bcoz there is players across europe who cud fo his job

  • 40 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    anfican nations lost him , Continually injured !!!! Cant tackle , If we got 25mil like Davy says we could get a better player

  • 41 Phil K // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    “Tiote won’t be a great loss” ???????
    Our turnaround in form sprung from his signing. He’d be a great MASSIVE loss.
    As for the lad from Bolton – you must be frigging kidding. He’s championship level, no better and possibly worse.

  • 42 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Define loss? I believe most players can be replaced.

    But it’s never wise up upset the core of any team; it shifts the balance.

    We should hold on to Tiote for at least one more season.

    A golden rule in football – one Dogleash didn’t know when he was here – when you sell gold make sure you replace it with either gold or diamonds 😉

  • 43 Phil K // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Douglas and Pieters are the “done deals”

  • 44 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    If i had to loose one of the team now for next season it would be tiote , You would take Collo saylor cabyne , Ba cisse , arfa or Krull out

  • 45 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Tiote would be a loss I am sure.

    Hold on to him until we have his replacement and he’s proven. That has been the Arsenal model and it works.

  • 46 jayjo // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Anyway all … speculation is a wonderfull thing , Going to the pub now roll on the toon , enjoy the three point , chat again this avo

  • 47 jesperfuglsang // Apr 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Enjoy yourself jayjo 😉

  • 48 geordiejamie89 // Apr 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I think we could get better players for our money. It depends who we let go I suppose.

  • 49 solano // Apr 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Why does it not surprise me that it was DavyB with the “Tiote won’t be a big loss” comment??!!
    Get the downplaying his contribution in early, as it seems likely after our MD’s words little over a month ago, that he will be moving on this summer for pastures new.
    My God! I hope we keep him – after a slow start this season, his contribution in recent times has been tremendous and with his better discipline, has surpassed the previous seasons form imo. He is one of those players – not particlularly creative or skillful – who you don’t really appreciate until they leave (like a Makalele at Real Madrid and Chelsea). DavyB may be correct in saying there are similar players available abroad – but the chances of a foreign replacement settling quickly and hitting the ground running in the first team as Cheik has done are unlikely. Mr Carr isn’t always a guarantee that newcomers will also be diamonds. Be better to keep our discovered diamonds and build on an excellent campaign rather than unnecessarily diving in amongst the coal again.

  • 50 Sazzer // Apr 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Dries Mertens Cisse Ben-Arfa
    Marveux Cabaye
    Santon Collo S.Taylor Simmo

    See Dries Mertens in action, lot like Ben-arfa

    And why not promising little brother of Thorgan Hazard as backup.

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