Newcastle Tracking Serie A International Defender

The Sun is reporting that Newcastle United and Liverpool are interested in Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist, who has played 27 times for Sweden, but we have out doubts about this story.

Andreas Granqvist – Newcastle said to be interested

The Swede stands over 6’3″ tall, and therefore we would expect him to be good in the air, but he’s now 27 years old and turns 28 in April, and he’s probably too old for Newcastle to bring him to Tyneside, especially when our three experienced center-backs are all 26 years old or older.

With Coloccini, Williamson and Steven Taylor at the age they are, we would expect Newcastle to bring in a younger defender, who can be given time to develop in the Newcastle squad, and especially when the transfer fee is quoted at around £4M, which is not cheap for a 27 year-old.

Newcastle have needed a fourth center-back since last summer, but we didn’t being one in to strengthen the squad, although we supposedly got close to bringing in 24 year-old Douglas of FC Twente, who will become a free agent in the summer and could be acquired for around £2M in January, and he would be a better buy than Granqvist because he’s cheaper and younger.

It seems Liverpool have been tracking the Swedish International for some time now, and Genoa turned down a £4M bid in the summer from Liverpool.

And Granqvist started the game last week for Sweden in the surprising 4-2 victory over England, when England managed to concede three goals in the last 13 minutes, and with Ibrahimovic scoring all four goals for the Swedes.

Andreas had an unsuccessful time at Wigan from 2007-2008, and we’re not sure this lad would be a good signing for Newcastle, and that’s based on his age and how much he would cost.

What do you think?

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17 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    you got to love big mike dont ya,, he just hit the nail on the head there

    “We just continue what we’re doing and I’m sure the belief will come back.” “It’s only a matter of time because it’s not as if we’re doing anything different.” “It’s just that the results aren’t clicking at the minute, so we have to find the right formula like we did last year.”


    someone mentioned luck not beine with us for every game and we finished 5th with good results

    well im telling you one lucky thing that lasted a whole season that wont happen this year is CHELSEA AND LIVERPOOL, they were so poor last year, there players and managers just did not turn up, so i believe we gained 2 positions there, il take that

    last year we still played lots of long ball football, no one can say we did not, ba scored a lot from long balls, then cisse came and we had 3 players trying to play football, HBA cabeye linking well with cisse,,

    this season pardew has tried to keep to many players happy instead of playing the best players he has, he is trying to fit them into strange systems that just dont work, we all see this,

    what i hate is some of you telling me not to be vocal and back the manager, but you same guys are putting forward team line ups and different systems,,, please tell me how you doing this is any better than me saying he is not good enough, if you thought he was /is good enough you would not sugest teams or formations, you would only discuss things that the ref did not give us or how so and so miised a sitter,

    the fact is, he is not good enough, he wants to have his team full of workers with no flare or creativity, i realy dont think the guy knows how to get the best out of good players

    this is the best squad of players we have had since SIR BOBBY, but it does not look like it on the pitch,, and im not just talking about this season, this has been since he gott here,

    he says we play one way, the sats and what you see every week suggest we play another way

    if you take the next 8 fixtures and look at where the points are coming from, its scary, on paper we should beat southampton, but what is our record like at there ground?? not good

    wigan and qpr we should get points, but there fighting for there lives, and mike want to keep it as it is because it will come good,,
    thats why it was important to take points from WH and SWAN, 2 very winable home games, now i fear that come half way point we could have as little as 14 / 20 points,, thats a relegation battle for the second half of the season

    this 8 year contract is a noose around our necks right now

  • shearermania

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    theres only 3 good thing that ever came out of sweden.
    1. zlatan
    2. abba
    3 ikea

    so granquist no thanks

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    andreas anderson tooo

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Also Mike says:

    ‘its not like werendoing anything different’

    Exactley. 12 games with the same tactics, regardless of opposition, location or injuries/suspensions.

    That’s why we are awful cos the arrogant Mr Pardew would rather watch the team, fans and results suffer rather than admit he is wrong.

  • shearermania

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    if you mention andreas anderson tooo you might as well throw Saab in there as well…

  • shearermania

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    biggest reasons we are struggling:
    first we are playing too direct 442 is a killer
    second: anita…hes hopeless

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Tequila…it is not just about the Swansea game. It has been a consistent problem so far this season.

    …every team goes through the same – we are no worse off than others. Take Swansea fx. they were without Vorm, Taylor, Bartley, Chico, Ki and Graham is benched this days because he hasn’t hit form.

    I don’t know if you are suggesting that Laudrup’s just better at coping with injuries and adapting his football philosophy and game plan? 😀

    I think we need to lay this to rest and let the football and managing do the talking (and clearly it is not at the moment)

  • tequilamag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Catchy you say this is the best squad we have had since SBR and I would agree, can I point out that Cisse Ba Cabaye and Santon all players that were instrumental in getting us 5th last year are Pardew buys and who were coached by Pardew to get us that position. And luck had nothing to do with it you can get lucky results but you can`t be lucky for an entire season.

  • Colo-Sus

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9


    Where has this Ashlet quote come from please?


  • tequilamag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Jesper I was making no comment about Laudrup implied or othwerwise. Swansea was just an example we have not had a settled squad all season. Up until the last two games we were still managiing to grind out draws and a few wins despite the problems we had. I appreciate posters are unhappy I truly get that. I just think knee jerk reactions are not the answer.

  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #11

    It hasn’t been a constant this season, its been a constant for 2 years.

    No wonder were getting played of the park when it’s guaranteed we’ll play a direct 4-4-2.

    Those of you that are happy to watch the next 8 years of 4-4-2, rising and falling and losing all our better players whilst Pardew brings stability, enjoy.

    I believe that each of us deserves much better that what we have and we should be watching a brand of football that is both quality and exciting.

    You can’t create a decent football team over night but after 2 years you should be able to see some improvement.

    The quality of players at our disposal has improved but the quality of football hasn’t.

    Never come from behind to win, never scored more than 3 in nearly 2 years, set plays are atrocious, most long balls in the leauge, one of the smallest possession retention, no investment and more bull shit than a farmers field.

    Ask yourself ‘are you happy forthis to continue and can you honestly see how Pardew wants to change it?’

    The only thing he wants is Carroll ack so his long ball can be justified.

  • Colo-Sus

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #12

    The reason we are not playing as well this season:


    We did not invest as we shoudl have in the summer. It is not down to Pardew, Yes he should play 433 more often but thats not the reaosn for poor results.

    Our backup players are all too young and inexperienced. I lobve our policy of buying young players but we need more established quality in the squad.

    Sammy, Bigi, fergie, etc…. Are all talents for sure but lack the grit and experience that is needed is these situations.

    We shoudl have bitten the bullet and signed Debuchy, a centre half, a striker and another Central Midfielder

    We are now paying for our mistakes

  • bills-son

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Ian Toon said – bills-son – when the going gets tough it’s not only the manager who gets going . Motivation comes from within and it’s not just down to Pardew. The fans could contribute and get behind the team . Maybe we should sing ” We only sing when were winning”. When we went behind too many threw in the towel. Pathetic.

    Ian – spot on. The days when our crowd was as good as a twelfth man are long gone. The atmosphere at many games is as flat as a fart. I agree totally that the players have to help Pardew by applying their own determination and motivation but we as fans have to do our bit as well. Look at the Celtic game against Barcelona. Their fans were unbelievable and nobody will tell me that the Celtic players weren’t inspired by the noise and support they got. How many of the moaners on here are sitting on their hands with their mouths shut until we go ahead? How many are moaning and slagging off players when we go behind?

    We are called ‘supporters’ for a reason. This belief that we are the best supporters in the country needs to be proven on match days. Fans might not like to hear it, but St James’s is nowhere near one of the loudest most intimidating grounds for oppo teams to play at. Not any more.

  • shearermania

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    youre a retard..i can just imagine you last year masturbating over your pictures of alan pardew on your wall telling all your mates hes the best manager in the world……suddenly were not doing well, his picture is down from your bedroom wall and hes the worst manager in history……you sound like a kid…….a few of us still remembers how it was with souness, dalglish, gullit, fat sam etc….

  • geordie157

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Serie A International Defender, i was hoping for Stefan Radu. Not sure if he’s been capped yet, but Ezequiel Munoz would also be a much better bet than Granqvist.

  • Graeme

    Nov 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Bills – is the atmosphere not in part, down to MA moving the punters from their seats in the Leazes to make way for a bigger family area – and also allow development of some new boxes recently made available??

  • croftus5678

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    well said i’m sick to death of these cry babies saying pards is pony and i know better then any manager we should play 433 and stick our only striker thats scoring for us on the wing (oh and while we are at it why not lets put tim krull up front ? doesnt matter he’s our best keeper he can do a job for us up front aswell ^^ ) ffs guys listen to yourselves will ya pards is not a bad manager look back at ALL of your past comments about how you praised him when we where doing great (without being top of euro group)
    mid table and top of group in europe is not bad for a team that got promoted to the prem not so long ago and if it was not for last season where most of us were looking only at mid table finish we over acheived and now the pards and the team are getting punnished for doing so well >.<


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