Newcastle To Bring In Three Top Defenders This Summer


One of Newcastle’s top transfer targets in the summer is PSV defender Erik Pieters.

Erik Pieters – could be first through the door in the summer

But Erik Pieters injured his foot recently and may have played his last game for PSV.

There is a chance he will be able to be fit for the European Championships, so that Newcastle fans could watch him play in June.

The left-back was injured in PSV’s 2-1 defeat at home to RKC on Wednesday 11th April, and it seems he suffered a hairline fracture in his right foot, and the 6’1″ defender will have to spend three weeks in a plaster cast, and then he will then be looked at to see if he has any chance of making in the summer for Holland.

The injury was not good news for Erik, who said:

“It is very disappointing news. I will strictly adhere to the medical team’s rehabilitation program.”

“The gravity of the injury will be known in three weeks. I will give 200 per cent to get back to match fitness.”

The 23-year-old has had a tough season and also missed four months with a metatarsal injury he sustained last  October.

We are bringing this up because it looks like Erik is one of Newcastle’s top targets in the summer, and it could be that he is signed by Newcastle before the European Championships even begin.

Newcastle scouts, including Graham Carr,  have watched Pieters over the last eighteen months,  and his ability to play at either center-back or left back is a plus for him.

Defense has been the weakness of the Newcastle  side this season, and we leaked five goals at both Fulham and Tottenham this year, so expect Pieters and FC Twente center-back Douglas, to be major targets for Newcastle early in the transfer market.

It also seems that Yohan  Cabaye’s former Lille team-mate and friend Mathieu Debuchy has been watched over the season, and he could be drafted in for the right back position.

Newcastle could bring in three defenders in the summer, and then they will have to fight it out with the current Newcastle players,  as to who the starters are next season.

But increased competition at every position on the field,  is what Alan Pardew wants to see next season, and the only thing that’s uncertain right now is whether Newcastle will be playing in the Europa League or the Champions League next season.

For a team that had a target of being the top ten this season, Newcastle have over-achieved big time – and long may that continue.

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26 comments so far

  • level7wonder

    Apr 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Brazil, spain and mexico definitive for st james’ in the summer. Class 🙂

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  • Vask

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Is that the Olympic teams Level?

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  • level7wonder

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye! Might be U23 but still so glad I got tickets! Players like Neymar playing on the green carpet, canny exciting! Also on the article I think we are scouring the dutch league this year, as other clubs will have cottoned on to our tirade of the french league!

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    France football say romain amalfitano has now signed a 3 year deal with Nufc get in first one over the line, n with news yesterday hoillet cud b joining not to mention its looking like butterfield n Douglas r done deals aswell summer deals already looking immense

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  • Ollieh51

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Simo is statistically one of the best RBs in the league this season. You can’t argue with that.

    He has been an ever present for us and played well for a number of games for us.

    It seems our expectations of players at RB is maybe a bit high?

    Johnson – Loves an injury, not good enough to warrant us rplacing Simmo with him given how many games he’s given us this season.

    Richards – Class act, would have him in a heart beat but would cost a fortune and demand stupid wages. Not gonna happen.

    Sagna – Spent a lot of time out this season but again, a class act that you would take although will have sky high wages too and never leave Arsenal for us.

    Ivanovic – Class, solid both going forwards and back, on an absolute bomb and never going to leave Chelsea.

    Walker – Did nobody see him this weekend?! He’s a long way off being a competent RB, will cost a fortune and will be as frustrating as Simo was 2 years ago, not good enough to replace him and again would cost far too much.

    Danny is probably the lowest paid of all of those guys and his performaces have apparaently frustrated us mostly forwards of the halfway line?

    He’s a great defender and I’m happy that he’s with us as they are not easy to come by.

    Just seen this too – £8m for the pair would be great business IF we shift Ba and Simo? (They play every game at Palace and will not want to warm out bench.)

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/transfer-news/Transfer-gossip-Reading-plot-8m-double-swoop-for-Wilfried-Zaha-Nathaniel-Clyne-Crystal-Palace-article894548.html

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  • Vask

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Nice! Is it still possible to apply for tickets, or walk up a buy some on the day, or is it proper strict? Be mint to see international class back at St. James.

    That’s canny good Davy, that should conclude our summer transfer movement. It’ll be an exciting season next year, I hope we can continue what we’ve been doing.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d rather jus giv tavernier his chance than get clynne

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    4davybtoon // Apr 24, 2012 at 9:03 AM
    Where did ya hear all that?

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    davybtoon- Don’t get your hopes up too much buddy! I’ve changed my outlook on NUFC this season, if I go in thinking we will win/have an amazing season it always goes wrong so I just sit back, let it happen and support the team through thick and thin- hence why I’ve banned myself from looking at the table as I know as soon as I get excited it will all go wrong!

    I think we have a fantastic infrastructure at NUFC and will make some good, solid signings. If City come in for Cisse we would be mad to let him go for anything under £30 millon and still then, it’d be a kick in the teeth!

    Let’s just sit back, relax and enjoy the roller-coaster that is our beloved club!

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #10

    Vask na still think we will sign 3 or 4 more than that as all them deals r free apart from compensation, still think a top full back n maybe corgnet type player, a striker n winger will come aswell u got to remember we’re losing smith lovenkrands xisco hopefully n maybe Guthrie Simpson, not to mention about 13 reserve players were letting go that need replaced busy busy summer ahead

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  • Andrew M

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Does the fact we’re looking to bring in three defenders not raise red flags with anyone? For me, it’s an indication that Coloccini might be on his way. I think I’m right in saying that he’s the last of the players bought in on hefty wages, and on playing form alone, he’ll definitely be one of the players bigger name EPL and European teams will be eyeing up. Hope I’m wrong, but I have an uncomfortable feeling about all these defenders being mentioned.

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  • redondo77

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #12

    davy

    Simpson and Guthrie is going?

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  • redondo77

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Andrew M

    Colo is not going anywhere, he is not that kind of person. I heard that he is willing to take smaller wage.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Toonarmy all the vibes are that butterfield amalfitano n Douglas are done deals, hoillet is jus a possibility

    Tom4nufc if your sitting back n enjoying it then stop goin on about our top players being sold, best part of the summer is speculating who is coming not who is goin out as I have always maintained anyone that dosent want to play at this great club can piss off no matter how good they are

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  • Ollieh51

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #15

    @Andrew M – Colo signed a new contract about 2 months ago didn’t he?!

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  • rob

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #16

    ba-cisse-ben arfa
    gutierrez-cabaye-tiote
    pieters-collo-saylor-santon
    krul

    subs- harper, raylor ,willo, gosling, marveux, ameobi , best

    beautiful team

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  • redondo77

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #17

    If we play in CL, nobody wants to leave, unless some club offer ridiculous money.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #18

    @andrew m not really pieters n debauchy are full backs and weve desperatly needed another cb since last season really given staylors shocking injury record it only leaves us with colo n willo

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #19

    Andrew M- in short no. I think its extremely unlikely he will go as he has only recently singed a contract extension- I think Ashley has seen the bigger picture and has no problems with paying out the big wage for the big player (performance wise). Colo is such an integral part of our squad it would take £15m+ to replace him and even then we would have lost a fantastic captain!

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #20

    U lot forgot the club have jus signed colo on a new deal n stop acting like our wage cap is small were prepared to pay at last 70,000 aweek to our top players

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #21

    Pieters is a bit injury prone isnt he?

    With that in mind, and add the fact he will have to train with Tiote each day he could be broken quite easily!!!

    Not questioning his ability, and we need a full-back but maybe he could become a sick-note on our books.

    “just saying”

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  • redondo77

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #22

    I’d love to see Vuckic, Abeid, and Sammy play a full game together.

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  • Vask

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Andrew. He just signed an extension. We’re more likely to lose simmo if his contract negotions are going nowhere.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Davy, you are right there my friend- I just don’t want to get my hopes only for it all to come crashing down lol.

    One thing I do know, is regardless what happens- it could be worse, I could’ve be born a Mackem.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 24, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #25

    On the piece Ed has wrote, dont really think our defence is bad at all, we have conceded a boat load of goals when Mr T and Cabaye have not played in tandem, a team concedes goals due to its whole team not just the back 4, the same back 4 that played against fulham 2nd half has now kept numerous clean sheets lately, due to the whole team work ethic and quality.

    It doesnt help if you have no threat up front and as such teams can just commit men forward, we certainly have that now.

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  • Andrew M

    Apr 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Just to clarify, I don’t think that Coloccini’s the type to agitate for a move; however, I also know that ANY Newcastle player is available for the right price. If someone came in with GBP10-15 mln, who’s to say Ashley wouldn’t sell?

    Looking at the books for 2011, they showed that our profit before tax was GBP32.6 mln, and our income from player sales was GBP36.7 mln. Clearly, the club is heading in the right direction in terms of breaking even; however, last year’s terrific financial result was, in large part, due to the sale of Carroll, clearly.

    Like I say, Coloccini seems like a top bloke, but he’s also proved himself one of the top four or five central defenders in the Premier League this season, and if someone came in with the right price, I suspect Ashley would move him on and use that cash to cover wages and bring in other, young defenders in his place. Afterall, the window for cashing in on him is closing. As a centre-back, a team could expect another three years of good football from him. But wait another year, and his resale value starts dropping off precipitously.

    It makes me sad to think in terms like these, because I’d love him to stay, but the fact we’re being linked with so many defenders is surely a concern.

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