Newcastle Close In On Ajax Center-back

There are reports in Italy that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew may be interested in yet another Ajax center-back – this time it’s Niklas Moisander who is a Finnish International , with Newcastle in the past being linked with Jan Vertonghen, who ended up at Tottenham in the summer, and Toby Alderweireld, who are both Belgian International defenders.

Niklas Moisander – 6′ Finnish center-back joined Ajax in August

So maybe Niklas Moisander is one of the seven center-backs Alan Pardew has said is on the Newcastle list for shopping for central defenders in January, and we also think Toby Alderweireld is .

However Nicklas is rather old at 27, and we would have expected Newcastle to be bringing in a younger center-back to fortify what we already have in 31 year-old Fab Coloccini, 28 year-old Mike Williamson and 26 year-old local lad Steven Taylor.

Niklas has only just arrived at Ajax, having been brought in last August from AZ to replace the departed Jan Vertonghen who was sold to Tottenham, and Niklas signed a three-year deal at the Dutch Champions.

Moisander started his career in Finland at his local club Turun Palloseura in 2002,. and then he moved to Ajax in 2003 and stayed there for three years before moving to Dutch club PEC Zwolle for a couple of years before moving onto AZ in 2008, where he stayed until last August, before rejoining Ajax.

The player was born in Turku and stands 6′ tall and he has played for all of the Finnish youth teams including 30 caps at the full International level.

Alan Pardew has said he wants a goal scoring center-back who can get goals from set plays, and it seems that Niklas has three goals in sixteen appearances for Ajax this season.

Niklas seems a decent center-back but a little old, and we would expect Newcastle to bring in somebody under 25 in January – but we’ve been wrong before. 😀

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • lee1892

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Give them Anita + a couple of million back and I’d be happy

  • lee1892

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Give them Anita + a couple of million back and I’d be happy. He scored against Citeh last week

  • lee1892

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #3

    When’s this remi streete lad gonna be fit again? Was looking forward to seeing him this season

  • chris_g

    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    What were these so-called reports in Italy? All I could find was this pathetic item which appeared in Calciomercato three days ago:

    “Newcastle: Moisander per la difesa
    28 ottobre alle 00:21

    Secondo la stampa inglese il Newcastle cerca un rinforzo per la difesa e pensa a Niklas Moisander, centrale finlandese classe 1985 in forza all’Ajax.”

    And that’s all it said!!

    And by the way, “Secondo la stampa inglese” translates as “According to the English press”. In other words, it’s total bullshit.

  • tweaked

    Nov 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    says on skysports we tracking german perzella, from this video he looks a quality CB, his timing is impeccable for taking the ball from attackers

    at 21 he seems a talented player

  • q8igeordie

    Nov 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Would love it if we signed any cb this january

  • Widowmaker

    Nov 1, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Great Youtube vid, I especially like it at 1:44

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Nov 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    If Colo, Saylor and Willo are all fit in January we won’t sign a CB.

    Ashley & Llambias are too tight.

  • bambams

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    This all sounds similar to this time last year. I used to think we had an idea where we were going to strengthen but these days you just never know.

    Ashley will sign who he thinks is the best deal in terms of price, wages and sell on value – whether we need that position added to is matterless.

    Still feel we missed the momentum by not buying a rb and cb this summer.

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Nov 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Moisander is left footed and started his courier as a left back. Would be good squad player.


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