News today in the Evening Chronicle that Alan Pardew was in Amsterdam yesterday, taking in the Ajax vs De Graafschap game.
Toby Alderweireld – is this Newcastle’s real target?
The Chronicle is reporting that Pardew was watching Belgium International center-back Jan Vertonghen, who turns 25 next week, but we wonder if Newcastle have much chance of getting the player in the summer, and surely his £10M fee is too high.
We have a feeling that Jan’s partner in central defense – and fellow Belgium international Toby Alderweireld, who tuned 23 last month and played yesterday, could be Newcastle’s main target at Ajax, who won the game 3-1.
Newcastle have a number of options for center-back this summer, with FC Twente’s Douglas maybe the favorite, and it could be that a deal has already been agreed to bring the Brazilian to Tyneside this summer.
Arsenal are strongly linked Vertonghen, with the news yesterday that Arsene Wenger will sell German center-back Per Mertesacker this summer, because he is not quick enough for the Premier League, even though he is Germany’s first choice center-back these days.
Arsenal have to be favorites to get Vertonghen, who had this to day on his potential transfer this summer:
“I have instructed my agent carefully. He knows which clubs I want to join and Arsenal are one of them.”
Of course Newcastle could be one of those clubs and if we can qualify for the Champions league, then we may have a chance to get the lad on Tyneside, but past comments suggest he wants to join Arsenal – if he had a choice.
Jan Vertonghen - turns 25 next week
And another factor is that Alan Pardew can be very persuasive when he talks about the Magpies, and he has a terrific record at Newcastle, and he could possibly talk Jan into coming to Newcastle.
But we think his central defensive partner at Ajax, Toby Alderweireld, could be better value, and this lad is a strong and competent center-back, who could do well in the Premier League and would cost less.
Toby stands 6’1″ tall and has played 125 times with 10 goals for Ajax and 16 times for Belgium, while Jan has played 213 times with 27 goals for Ajax, and stands just over 6’2″ tall and has 36 caps and two goals for Belgium.
Who do you think would be the better player to join Newcastle in the summer?