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Three Players Likely To Move To Newcastle This Summer

8:54 am, Friday, April 27th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

If you look at all the press this year about who Newcastle are linked with in the transfer market,  you could even take a reasonable guess at which three players are the most likely to move to Newcastle this summer.

Romain Amalfitano - 22 year-old Reims midfielder

We’be done that and here are the three players we think most likely to be brought into the club this summer.

Romain Amalfitano – shown above – the lad’s two year contact at Stade Reims comes to an end in the summer, and the 22 year-old attacking midfielder may have already signed a pre-contract deal at Newcastle, which L’Equpe reported earlier this week.

He seems to be on the same sort of deal that brought then 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid from Lens last summer, who was also out contract, but of course Romain is four years older,  and has been playing in the French second division for the last couple of seasons.

Amalfitano is said to be signing a contract for three years at Newcastle through June of 2015, and he’s the younger brother of 27 year-old Morgan Amalfitano, who currently plays for Marseilles, and recently picked up his first cap for France.

Romain moved to Reims in 2010 from French first division club Evian Thonon Gaillard , on a two year contract, and he has played 63 times for Reims, and scored 10 goals over the last couple of seasons.

Erik Pieters – 23 year-old PSV defender

We have been linked with the Dutch International left back for over  a year now, and there’s a good likelihood Newcastle will sign the PSV defender in the summer for around £5M.

At the moment Erik has a hairline fracture of his foot, and is in a plaster cast, and has probably played his last game for PSV.

Erik is busy trying to get fit for Holland, so he can play in the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine this summer.

And in a recent poll these are the results on whether our readers think we should sign Erik:

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Pieter’s agent Piet van der Pol also confirmed that Erik is interested in joining Newcastle earlier this week:

“He was interested last year.” ”Newcastle United is a fantastic club and I know that Erik follows them because of his friendship with Tim Krul.”

“If they come in for Erik of course he will be interested in talking to them, but right now the main thing that he is focused on is getting fit for Euro 2012.”

“Newcastle have done tremendously this season and I know that there are a lot of players who would like to join them.”

For the record, Erik has played 181 times with two goals for PSV since joining them from Utrecht for €2.5M (about £2M) in July of 2008, and he has played 21 times for the Dutch U21 side and 14 times for the full Dutch side.

Douglas – 24 year-old FC Twente center-back

The 6’4″ no-nonsense Brazilian center-back could be an excellent buy for Newcastle, and if he arrives it would then be between Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Douglas to fight it out for the two center-back starting positions on Tyneside.

Newcastle  are also giving an extended trial to Australian center-back Curtis Good, the Melbourne Heart 19 year-old, but if he signs on at Newcastle,  we don’t think that will affect Douglas coming to the club.

The recent news is that Douglas doesn’t want to come to Newcastle until August, and the fee is said to be around €5M, which is is around £4.13M, so the Brazilian would miss the summer tour, and therefore take a little longer to get acclimatized at Newcastle.

Just over two weeks ago, Voetbal International reported that Douglas was likely coming coming to Newcastle:

“It is likely that Douglas Franco Teixeira continues his career at Newcastle United. The number six of the Premier League last winter was already in the market for the 24-year-old center defender of FC Twente and now has again expressed his interest.”

“Newcastle is prepared five million euros for Douglas to pay. The player himself is happy in England to continue his career, but wants to make the move until late August.”

“Then to play the Dutchman naturalized Brazilian five seasons in the Dutch professional football, and is entitled to play for Orange. “

Douglas took the decision recently to seek Dutch citizenship so he could play for Holland, and his contract ends in June, but since he’s been at the club since 2007, when he joined from Brazilian club Joinville, and he is still only 24, Newcastle will need to pay around €5M in compensation to FC Twente.

By our reckoning Douglas has played 189 times for FC Twente in all competitions with 13 goals.

What do you think of these three players – coming in for around £9M?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours





34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    unneccesary article i think!!!!,

  • 2 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    some could argue an unnecessary comment

  • 3 toonincheek // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Unnecessary comment, I think.

  • 4 Novocastrian66 // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    I think all 3 will strengthen our squad. Next season will be a long one and it is important we add quality and do not just bulk up for the sake of it. I’m confident Newcastle will have done their homework on whoever we end up signing.

  • 5 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Indian – last post, NO to what exactly?

  • 6 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    I would agree, that based on current speculation, these 3 should be arriving. However, we should have figured out by now press speculation rarely has any bearing on who turns up….not that long to go to find out now!

  • 7 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Tsunki – Rehab?

  • 8 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Sorry, i’m bored :)

  • 9 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Indian – just when you are making sense you post a wildcard comment that makes you look a bit erm daft. Like @1.

  • 10 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Ibiza @7 – :)

  • 11 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    So has the chronicle confirmed the Alan Smith thing then? Can’t find an article anywhere..

  • 12 Tsunki // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    After a tough choice deciding whether to see his career out with MK Dons or play RB in CL with NUFC……..

  • 13 toonincheek // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Bit early for the Eeeaawww Chronicle.
    Wasn’t it supposed to be in the Journal?

  • 14 mickg108 // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    The reson Douglas doesn’t want to sign until August,is he wants Dual Nationality so he can play for Holland,,I wouldn’t mind waiting for a Dutch International CB for £4.3 Million..

  • 15 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Our defence would certainly appear stronger if we signed either Douglas or Pieters, signing both would see the club taking a huge step forward.

    Exciting times.

  • 16 mickg108 // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Go to http://www.thejournallive.co.uk

  • 17 Novocastrian66 // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    I read an article somewhere that the Douglas signing would not be confirmed until August. The reason being, he wants Dutch nationality and he has to remain a resident in Holland until then to qualify.

  • 18 Scottiedog // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    More Players the better especially with 2 cups, Premier League & Europe!!
    RE: Indian Magpie – I have to say your comments have been weird for weeks??

  • 19 Rotonda heights // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Hasn’t this been done to death now.

    We’ll probably end up with people we’ve never heard of and if they are anything as good as the nuggets Carr has discovered before, all well and good.

  • 20 Novocastrian66 // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I’m too slow with this blogging lark. Everyone is getting in before me! Been at graft last night and seeing how I’ve got nowt insightful to say I’m off to kip.

  • 21 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Nova…it’s a poster eat poster blog…enjoy your sleep :)

  • 22 croftus5678 // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    alma is a no brainer free young and looks a great player esp for the sidelines like he will be and used as an impact sub.
    douglas looks solid aswell but i’m not sure defenders where he’s from are up to prem standards might take a while to settle if he came.
    peters i think is an awsome player but out of the 3 he’s the 1 i would be most scared of with his injuries we do not need the sicknotes of the past as a main team player.
    but saying this really has no point as we have such a setup in the backroom staff now i’m sure they have been through all these points and more ! and they (no offence intended) have proved they know a hell of a lot more about who to sign than any of us.
    the likes of cabaye / tiote / santos / ba most came out of nowere so i trust whoever we sign and look forward to watching them.

  • 23 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    I wish Pardew and Shearer would shut up about wanting Chelsea to lose the CL final.

    It only matters if we finish fourth … I want us to finish 3rd.

    If we do finish fourth … the rules have always been this way and we’ll have to accept going into the Europa League graciously.

    Running around whining like tarts about 4th place is just going to make the club and supporters look bad.

    Le us all behave with some style …?

  • 24 CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon) // Apr 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Hatem…You’re right. Shouting out mouths off wont change a thing, so we might as well show some class….that is afterall what this team is…absolute class :)

  • 25 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Agreed with Douglas! If we don,t get him somwone else will!

    Pieters! Injury prone! with his Ankle! So not so sure as most on here!

    And the other, don,t know enough about him to comment!

    In Carr we trust!

  • 26 LooneyToon41 // Apr 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    @25. I agree, in Carr we trust. In a recent radio interview, Carr said “It’s fairly easy to watch a game and see who the best players are” (or something like that).

    I would never use the phrase “I think we should sign…”, because Carr has more experience in his little finger than i have in my whole body.

  • 27 wynsleap // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Agree with those who say this is an unnecessary article ED.
    The stories of these 3 players have been done to death.
    My feeling is:
    Amalfitano – squad player only – don’t know much about him, Could be a hit or a flop but worth a pop at the price.
    Pieters – not really excited at this one. Seems injury prone and if his last game against England is any indication where he got murdered on the flanks (whether or not he was returning from an injury – again1) think we could do better. Would possibly prefer Debuchy at right back and leave Santon at left back.
    Douglas – big and by all accounts hot headed. Again think we could buy a better calm, controlled central defender for that money.
    A good striker is a must as we need top class cover for the Dembas. Best is not good enough, Lovo has been great but now at the end of his days here and Shola can only play for short periods (and is also injury prone).

  • 28 MT // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    if we confirm get Peters & Douglas,why we don’t sign this guy – Jerson Cabral. all the player is Dutch.
    he ‘ll be next ben arfa~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9eJi0Nm1H4

  • 29 lesh // Apr 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Indian Magpie // Apr 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    unneccesary article i think!!!!,

    Indian, if you can do any better, I’m sure Ed’d be delighted to receive an article from you.

    Why not give it a whirl – that is IF you can find a constructive thought in that head of yours!!!

  • 30 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    @: 28:

    Spoken to my Mate here who is a fanatical Feyenoord Fan about Cabral !

    He is a good player okay but has a bit an arrogant and bad mentality about him! We would also need to join about four other clubs who have expressed an interest in the last few months!

  • 31 Charlietoon // Apr 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    I say no to Pieters. We wanted him a season ago but since then he has had a serious injury to his foot, barely played at all and never showed much interest moving here. Now it’sthe end of the season and we are kicking ass he is all keen to join. We’ll if he cant get a game where he is and is injured constantly I am not surprised.

  • 32 Bao Zheng // Apr 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    My wish list would be Vertonghen, a tank of a CB and can play a bit, Mbiwa v classy player, and that Brazilian left back can’t remember his name. You can’t beat a tough Dutch, a classy French and a smooth Brazilian.

  • 33 cupiddstunt // Apr 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Bao Zheng @ # 32

    By my understanding Brazilians were meant to be smooth with a little tufty bit running down the middle :-) :-) ;-)

  • 34 jesperfuglsang // Apr 28, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Why doesnt Douglas just keep his adress in Holland than if he wants to be a Holland citizens. And pay his tax there – cant see that is Newcastle’s problem.

    Either he comes then we want or he doesnt. We are paying for him :-)




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