Newcastle After Another Center-Back – Given Up On Douglas?


Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle United looking again at Swansea City defender Ashley Williams, and we’ve been linked with this player a number of times, the first time being two years ago, but Ashley isn’t exactly a youngster these days, and turns 28 next month.

Ashley Williams – very good Welsh International center-back

Williams played very well in the Premier League last season for Swansea City, and if this report is true, it may be that Newcastle are be turning away from Douglas of FC Twente, and maybe they are getting a little tired of the antics of the Brazilian.

And Williams is like Fabricio Coloccini, in that he hardly ever misses a game through injury, and since he joined Swansea City from Stockpot County on loan in March of  2008, he has made 193 appearances for the Welsh club with 11 goals in just over four years – not too bad  in terms of games played.

There are still two years left on his contract in South Wales, and while he would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, even at 28, he may not come cheap.

And we also have to remember  Newcastle have two top young center-backs coming through the ranks, in soon to arrive Curtis Good, the 19 year-old Australian,  and 17 year-old local lad Remie Streete, who has impressed in the Newcastle Reserve side team last season.

Remie injured his ankle in the 4-2 defeat against Chelsea in March, and was out for the rest of the season, although he’s on his way back to fitness now.

In fact if Newcastle can get Curtis Good playing, and he looks impressive, it’s possible Newcastle may not bother to bring in another center-back this season, although that may be a little risky, given what happened last year with our center-backs.

We’d guess that Newcastle would be willing to bid a little more for Williams than they initially bid for Douglas, and maybe it would be £4M, but we doubt that Swansea would let Ashley go for that amount, as he’s a huge player for the Swans.

What do you think?

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59 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Jul 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #1

    williams or douglas……..

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  • Graeme

    Jul 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Isnt this a fairly huge drop in class to those we have already been linked with and allegedly on the point of signing??

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  • magicbus

    Jul 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Perhaps as we have supposedly raised our bid to bring in Debuchy we may do the same for Douglas

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  • pardew no 1

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #4

    rather have bramble 😉

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  • Graeme

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Maybe Stevie Taylor is impressing in pre season!!

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I cannot see us signing Williams.

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  • IFC.Toon

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Bollox hes too old….

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Novocastrian66. Do you call yourself that because its the old name for newcastle, or do you play rugby for them?

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  • stevetoon85

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Wouldn’t see the point of signing him….would cost well over £5m, is about to turn 28, only 1 years experience playing in the Prem, and the most important question is that, is he any better than S.Taylor? Or even Williamson?

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  • geordie157

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #10

    No chance of this happening, we need someone long term. Sakho or Musacchio please.

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #11

    When did the olympics become such a travesty?

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #12

    why beattie? whats happened?

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    It would seem to me that skysports are peed of by the Debuchy revelation that they failed to reveal first.

    So they’ve dusted off an old link to get peoples attention.

    It’s all bollocks

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  • pardews plan B

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #14

    @novo same question as mark

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Is the Legend that is Ketster in the house? I have a theory about his identity. Admittedly its not a fantastic theory, as theories generally go.

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  • Harley

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #16

    I can see us not signing another centre back this summer. We have collo, Taylor and Williams as senior players and good, tavernier and streete as youngsters coming through. Plus perch who can cover.
    I may well be wrong but I have a feeling that unless we can get a great deal on a centre back we won’t sign one and it looks like no one wants to let us have any of their top players for peanuts. Funny that!

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  • super magpie

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki

    What is this theory, who is behind the mask of Ketsbaia?

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  • Beardo Ameobi

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Terry charged by FA over the Anton Ferdinand incident.

    Could miss our match 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Tsunki…Do tell

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #20

    If you say Paul Scharner I will hunt you down!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Aha! Well I would like to ask him see what he says. I remember a comment someone made a few months back and it came back to me recently the possibility…..

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  • super magpie

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Beardo

    Good news, it means that they’ll only have ivanovic n luiz. Plus they have to play reading in midweek like us.

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  • ochytoon

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza
    In response to your last question, I’m from London originally but now reside Southampton way.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Intrigued

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #25

    The olympics is being forced upon us in sickening fashion.

    All these tv personalities, lords and politicians force feeding us their joy. It’s overly expensive, highly commercialised and the only way the only way it benefits me will be in a few years when we stuff west ham in that stadium.

    Anyway there are more important things in life, like a victory tonight!

    Hwtl

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  • super magpie

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki

    And who says he will be telling the truth. I mean if it’s not Paul Scharner who else is it? 🙂

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  • CA bay mag

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Is this Williams story a smokescreen/elaborate ploy? Rodgers and the bindippers are probably foolish enough to want him, but they aren’t allowed to bid until another club does (due to Rodgers ‘agreement’ with Swansea)…..

    They ask us to bid for Williams so they can bid for him, and knock a couple of million off the Carroll asking price..

    Conspiracy theory i know!

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  • nufc7lad

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Douglas for £4.5m. Get him signed. 4 years youger than Williams and would prove to be more value at this moment in time.

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  • pardew no 1

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Beattie25
    thats the spirit

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  • outsidethebox

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #30

    rather have boro,s rhys than swansea,s ashley…or push the boat out for stokes ryan shawcross

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Do you think Ketsbia is a toon fan?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Ochy…Fair enough. Ascot man myself…it’s obvious where I reside now I think.

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  • super magpie

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Beattie

    Seconds to that, it dosent cover over the cracks that the shit our country is in, ( which they’re acting like) and il be watching us on ESPN instead of the opening ceremony. Honestly, 90% of events won’t even be cared about unless someone from the mighty ‘Team GB’ wins gold.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Ok well Ill just say it dont shoot me down, its a wild and wacky zany madcap idea…

    Quite a few months back, maybe a year ago, I was reading the .co.uk blog and a regular poster on there made a cryptic remark which after a few casual questions ended with him saying he had created a bogus account in order to wind up another blog. Not exactly sure who it was, but I am sure it was one of only about 5 individuals, one of whom made a single comment a week or so back. I am sure Ketsbaia9 appeared around that time.

    Its only a tenuous hunch, but it does bring me back on the trail of a practical jokers alter ego.

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  • ochytoon

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Ibiza
    Sc*nthorpe?

    On another note, has anyone seen that Dior advert on TV? Can’t tell if the model is hot or not. Rather frustrating.

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  • qtoon

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Wonder why we haven’t been in for Yanga M’Biwa. €6 million link to AC Milan… Just as expensive as Douglas, arguably a better player.
    Thoughts?

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  • ochytoon

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Ibiza
    Doncaster?

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #38

    I reckon it’ll be a busy week next week you know, on the transfer front.

    Good will be confirmed 100%, Debuchy too I hope. Who knows who might be joining them?!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #39

    They are banging on about olympic footy ticketing fiasco at SJP. After the games I watched I would say it was a result for those who had their money saved.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki….I would have liked it if you could have gone into further detail there. Set the scene, you know?

    “Quite a few months back, maybe a year ago on a cold, dark and stormy night, I sat by my computer…..”

    Let the investigation begin!

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