Newcastle Interested In Signing Austrian Defender In January


Newcastle are being reported to be interested in Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragovic, who plays for Basel, and the 21 year-old would cost about £5M, but that’s an amount Newcastle may be willing to pay in January.

Aleksandar Dragovic – Newcastle target?

The young defender fits exactly into the type of player Newcastle are after – a young player who could improve big time once he gets to Tyneside.

Other clubs also interested in the youngster seem to be Fiorentina and Stuggart, and Dragovic was born in Vienna to ethnic Serbian parents, but he was never called up by Serbia and has played for Austria , and he has 14 caps at the International level.

With playing in the Swiss League it’s always hard to judge just how he would fare in the Premier League, which is the best football league in the world at the moment.

We assume that Graham Carr has watched this player, and if it’s his recommendation that Newcastle sign the 21 year-old, then that would be fine with us.

Newcastle must strengthen their squad in January and next summer if we are to continue our upward spiral after finishing 5th last season in the Premier League, and that’s now looking difficult to repeat this season, when we’ve had a number of our top players out injured.

We need some new players signed in January.

What do you think?

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136 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m glad Douglas isn’t still our only choice in the 5M range.Hopefully Carr is scouting for some wingers to challenge Guti as well.

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  • hebmag

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #2

    For me guti becomes left back or left out.

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  • Grafton83

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve never seen or heard of this lad before but I’m 100% certain he’s better than Willo. Sorry Willo!

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  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Jonas has a huge role at this football club. He’s a great asset to have and a player I really like.

    As a winger however we all know what he’s been like.

    Could switch to fullback as Solano did, plus he has the experience from the Argentina camp.

    We need the centre back desperately. I think we’ll see someone come in for under £5 million in January and that will be it.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Beefman

    Looks like a Wonga debt collector… just right for our new image don’t ye reckon ?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Norcal

    Hopefully Fergie will come through pretty quick..

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  • AMEOBI

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #7

    I had him on fifa 12 lol but he’s young and brilliant in the air.
    I’d be over the moon with some young players to be added to our squad, along with a top CB.
    Long way to go untill January though

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  • jeff

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #8

    SIGN HIM UP LOOKS CLASS

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  • pbNcl

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #9

    WE SHOULD NOT DO BUSINESS WITH WONGA!!!!

    never mind money into the club! what about all the people already in financial difficulty that this ‘company’ make a profit from!!!???

    THEY ARE A DISGRACE AND WILL SHAME OUR CLUB

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Jonas is an incredibly important and useful player, winger, central midfield role, fullback all played consistently well, super character,vastly experienced, plays to instruction and works his socks off for the team all day long. He’s the least of our problems.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #11

    This post should say
    Newcastle interested in any defender that can defend in January
    Just how someone at the height 6ft4 can’t command his area from dead balls is beyond me.
    Although on his day Willo can be solid,just not often enough.
    Gives us nothing in the oppositions box apart from frees against

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh ok,rant over

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Jonas is certainly not our problem at the moment.
    He works like a horse and passes the ball well in the middle of the park but gives us very little on the wing and his final ball is cut out all the time

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  • Graeme

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed, if we are on an upward spiral, after finishing 5th last season, it would indicate we aim to finish 4th, or better this season!! Its not going to happen.

    Our performances, so far, would suggest 8th – 10th, with luck. Although, to be fair, it could be turned round with a couple or three shrewd buys. If we do get them then 5th – 7th becomes feasible I guess.

    You just never know with our Illustrious Owner, just what he is thinking, what his expectations may be!!! Oh, the joys of supporting the enigma that is NUFC lol

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Rubbishing Willo or Perch is massively unfair, they aren’t up to it against a world class attack, but they give it one hundred percent. Neither is Colo or Tayls, but how is that their fault.

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  • beefman13

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #16

    Magpies maybe i am sticking up for them a bit but they offer a service which thousands use safely and is a great help to them, you did not get a second chance when the banks ballsed up many folks money was just quite simply lost.

    Those banks are such caring people just as the energy companys are, some of the biggest bastards in history.

    i would rather have wonga on my shirt then scottish power!

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  • Grafton83

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #17

    “This post should say
    Newcastle interested in any defender that can defend”

    Made me laugh

    Don’t see why Jonas has received criticism, he’s doing just fine as far as I can tell. We’re lucky he is so versatile. Not too made players could adapt to new positions like he has.

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  • beefman13

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #18

    We will agree to disagree on this subject magpies. no sweat.

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  • pbNcl

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #19

    they are not safe to use. wonga are actually one of the very worst lenders on the market. ask around

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #20

    I can’t believe how Williamson and Simpson made professional Footballers.

    We should’ve made a bid for Vertonghen. His attacking play is so exciting. He is also one of the best defenders around at the moment.

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  • 89Norcal

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #21

    @MagpiesFlyHigh, I have no doubt he will. Fergie has great crossing technique, though I’d prefer we ease him in.

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  • Grafton83

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Rubbishing Willo is not massively unfair. Its frustrating for me to see him balls things up all the time. Our team would be so strong if we had a decent defence. He is employed as a defender, its his job so if he doesn’t do it properly the criticism is fair.

    Perhaps I should also direct my criticism at the owners for not buying better cover as well. Either way its painful to see so a little annoyance is justified.

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  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #23

    Rubbishing the owners is fair.

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Beefman nobody lost money on Northern Rock the Govt bailed them out. Tho TBF the whole lot of us are paying the price for that. How you can argue that its OK to takr money from loansharks is beyond me. Utter parasites.
    And before you start bangin on about how Ashley saved the club, I already get that. I understand Sheperd and Halls used Newcastle as a cash cow. This Wonga deal is a step too far. You say there is no place for ethics in business. Thats exactly how our economy got screwed in the first place, take the money and screw the consequences.

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  • beefman13

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Jonas must have been given a licence just to go were he pleased until he got shifted to left back, put a shift in as usual as we all know he will, but does he give us anything going forward now.

    as has been said maybe left back and fergie in front of him is the way forward i would be ok with that i would still try and fit anita in to our team, he will only get better in my opinion the more playing time he gets.

    MACKEMS GAME.

    Hopefully, krul santon jonas colo saylor tiote cabaye anita fergie ben arfa cisse or ba we may have to sacrifice one of them at the start?

    Plenty of options in that team for goals and good defensive qualities also, fresh legs on later ie shola for 20/25 mins to give it to them full throttle.

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  • pbNcl

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #26

    and northern rock dug themselves out of crap in a fraction of the time. not like the other banks….. but being a northern business it got negative headlines as per

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  • Carryingcoals

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #27

    kets

    I wholeheartedly agree about Vertonghen, I’ve been so impressed by him this season.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Spot on there. Footballers are overpaid. There’s people around that didn’t make professionals that are better than some pro’s on big wages. Willo seems a great person, but he just isn’t good enough to play for NUFC. His mistakes cost us Champions League football last season and that’s led to us only signing 1 first team player in the summer.

    I’ve always said that we’d struggle if we didn’t strengthen. Teams below us (i.e. Fulham, Liverpool, Everton) have all strengthen and will overtake us in the league this season.

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  • beefman13

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #29

    TEQUILLA, this deal costs us nowt its sponsorship, just as well the gov bailed NR out then isnt it, what if they had not? and before i bang on about MA bailing the toon out you say, just as well eh!

    Take a loan out read the terms pay it back, IF YOU WANT TO YOU DO, IF NOT YOU DONT. if you dont pay back on time you get your arse smacked its up to the individual the way to go.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #30

    hebmag

    love that, and i agree. guti is LB or left out 😀

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  • Graeme

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Beefman Would you really let Tiote loose at the dark place? He has been lucky to stay on the pitch in his last 3 games – he could be a huge liability at the unwashed!!

    They will target him, he will react, we are down to 10 men. I just dont think its a game for Tiote to even get ON the bus. It needs cool heads and calm thinking – that hardly describes Mr T at the moment!!!

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #32

    and Kets

    seeing him now, i don’t think there’s a CB that would’ve been worth going for other than him or possibly Mbiwa. Verthogen’s reading of the game is incredible, and he seems like a good guy too

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  • toonLYF

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #33

    reminds me of Ivan Drago from the Rocky film.

    Really think we’re going to turn on the style against the mackems. The game on Sunday will have hurt our players, so that coupled with the fact the majority know what this derby means, could be a huge performance.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #34

    toonLYF

    i hope you’re right

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  • beefman13

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #35

    So tequilla you would be happy with scottish power across your toon top would you, the energy companies are the biggest parasites there is.

    sometimes in life you cant get what you want, i get the feeling at the toon most would not be happy with whoever sponsored us!

    which big corporation of angels would you like to sponsor us then tequilla.

    I tell you what any big corporations are all ruthless bastards when profit is concerned.

    What about lovely mr dyson the man who made hundreds unemployed when he set up his whole business in asia.

    There all ruthless buggers lets not kid ourselves.

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Beefman I am not in the camp that thinks Ashley is the devil incarnate, he has done some good things, got us running in the black, interest free loans which save us a bomb, unlike the leveraged buyouts at Man and Liverpool. That does not excuse taking money from people whos whole business model is to exploit people who are denied credit at reasonable rates. By doing this it drags our name through the mud.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Vertonghen was my first choice defensive signing and was gutted that we didn’t sign him. I have been right in nearly everything that I have said so far.

    I can’t see us beating Sunderland. Steven Fletcher will score. I suggested that we should’ve signed him. That’s another good recommendation that I made.

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  • tequilamag

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Big business is there to make a profit and I get that none of them really give a toss about there customers but to equate an energy company with loansharks is a ridiculous argument. When was the last time an energy company upped the bill because you paid late ?

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  • beefman13

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Greame, tiote when fit is straight in my team no problem, yes he is a hot head but he plays the same way if we were playing east striling in a pre season friendly, just the way the fella is. he gets in my team every time.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 8, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #40

    ToonLYF
    Lets hope we get him then and we can all look forward to the interview after derby day nxt season
    “dragovic you appeared to dropkick cattermole in the neck he’s been rushed to hospital”
    “if he lives he lives if he dies he dies”

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