Newcastle To Challenge Arsenal For Top Defender

With Arsenal’s suicidal defending last night against a completely rejuvenated Wigan side, Arsene Wenger will no doubt be looking to strengthen his defense this summer.


Jan Vertonghen – Newcastle and Arsenal target?

The big German £10M buy from Werder Bremen has been a flop, and he doesn’t seem to have the pace for the Premier League, and it would seem that Arsenal’s number one target is Ajax defender Jan

That’s the player Alan Pardew was watching over the weekend, and on reflection e cannot rule out that Newcastle could steal a march on Vertonghen – if the Magpies really think he is the right player for them.

Last summer Newcastle were the first club to move for Arsenal target Gervinho, but pulled out of the £10M deal that had been agreed with his Lille club, after there were some doubts about the Ivorian’s character, and so far he’s hardly been a roaring success at the Emirates.

And Jan has said he will be moving in the summer, but only to the right club, and while he says that Arsenal are one of those clubs, with Newcastle qualifying for Europe, the Magpies could be a strong candidate to bring the center-back to Tyneside.

Vertonghen turns 25 next month,  and is a good technical ball-playing central defender, who can also play in other positions, so his flexibility could be a plus for the Magpies.

The Belgium International is friends with Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, so that could be a positive for Arsenal, but Newcastle are an attractive club these days, and obviously on their way back to the big time, with the Europa League almost a cast iron certainty for next season.

Ajax manager Frank de Boer has already said his player will be leaving in the summer:

“Yes we’ve already discussed it,”“When there’s a club that he’s already interested in – and it’s really got to be a good club – then he will leave. It’s 100 per cent sure.”

“I think he’s ready to make a next step. For us, it’s a setback, of course, to miss that kind of quality player.”

Arsenal are a good club, but so are Newcastle these days, and have had excellent publicity around Europe for doing so well in the Premier League this season.

And even top four is still a possibility for Newcastle, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham also in the hunt for 3rd and 4th places behind the two Manchester clubs.

While Arsenal have to be the favorites to sign the 6’2″ defender, Newcastle’s  new drawing power cannot be ruled out these days.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Apr 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    hes going to arsenal, been to their ground watching games, we need to forget about signing him, its not happening, Pardew was probably watching someone else.

  • lewytoon

    Apr 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    id like sigusson, replace guthrie and gosling whichever leaves, or if both leave.

    also do we still get europe if chelsea win the champions league?

  • Andobackman

    Apr 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3


    I’am new on this blog, but are so exited by the progress that I had to start posting 🙂

    With regards to Vertonghen he fits the bill as the club needs a left footed defender.

    For defence: Add him and one of Clayne or Alderweireld (as he can also play right back. What about a double raid with a bid of £13M?).

    Midfield: Courgnet and Diame (from Wigan).

    Winger / Striker: Hoilett.

    A total outlay of less than £20M and our squad would be in excellent condition for europe / CL.

    What do you say?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see it … 10M???

    I can see us buying a FB who can cover at CB if required.

    I think Pardew will see Saylor, Colo & Willo as being adequate.

    I hope I’m wrong and we do spend some cash.
    I think we’ll see 5 or 6 players, 21-22 year old on free transfers or for around 1M.
    Only if we sell a big name will we buy.

    Llambias did hint he expected us to sell a couple of our stars.
    If any big money is spent as wisely as our recent transfers I’m not sure it will be a bad thing.

    40M for Tiote and Krul – I think the club can replace them and we’d be really set for the future.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5


    Yes, only Everton catching us can stop us being in Europe.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Smoke and mirrors.
    Can’t see us getting him if Ar**nal are really interested.
    Diverts attention away from our real(istic) targets.


    Apr 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    No chance he is going to Arsenal and thats fine

    We want players that really want to play for the Toon and that is part of the selection process that has worked so well so far.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Then again, Ar**nal don’t pay big fees or big salaries.
    Just think he would opt for London rather than the N.E.
    If that’s the way it is, so be it.
    Let’s get people in who really want to play for us and are looking to prove bthemselves.

    Then again, if we are looking at Europa at least and maybe CL (next season, if not this) then we need real quality players.

  • mickg108

    Apr 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    I think it’s Toby Alderweireld the real target,,cheaper & rated better by Ajax supporters,,has scored some brahmer goals as well..

  • IITianToon

    Apr 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    @4 Sale of Tiote can be considered.. but Krul absolutely not!! He has single handedly gotten us I’d say about 5 points this season..

  • nufcursed

    Apr 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    if chelsea want krul, lets swam him for courtois! he’s younger and better than krul and if chelsea really want krul, it means they dont want courtois. this guy is a future wordclass keeper

  • theleckworthbird

    Apr 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #12

    nuf cursed. Krull has openly stated he wants to stay. End of.

  • 9

    Apr 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #13

    leck@12 “Krul has openly stated he wants to stay. End of.”
    I think you’d better take a reality check – I’m quite sure Krul is happy here, but I’m also quite sure he’d be twice or three times happier earning twice or three times the money somewhere else, and he isn’t stupid enough to openly go about shouting it. Of course he said he wants to stay here. No doubt he meant it. But as for “End of”.no way!!

    Also, Hatem @4; no, we wouldn’t easily replace Krul, as ILLtian @10 correctly points out. Keepers of his age and quality are like hen’s teeth, and it’ll be a long time before lightning strikes twice for us in that department. I really, really, hope we don’t lose him.

  • Owldman

    Apr 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry lads dont think we will get this one
    .Also hope we dont go for Douglas watched him again on ESPN not impressed at all just another Titus Bramble


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