Newcastle are actively looking to bring in another center-back, in case Fabricio Coloccini leaves the club this week, and Alan Pardew has said that a decision will be made Coloccini’s request this week – on whether he is allowed to leave immediately for Argentina. We’d be very surprised if Newcastle accede to the Argentine’s request, with a big relegation fight on our hands.
James Tomkins – Newcastle keen on this player?
It’s a family problem with Fabricio, and that’s all Newcastle are saying, and exactly what the problem is we have no idea, although there are lots of rumors circulating, but we know Newcastle have doubled their efforts in the recruitment area, and could bring in two center-backs this month.
And the news from West Ham is that they want £10M for 23 year-old James Tomkins, and Alan Pardew is right when he says home grown players are way over valued, and that’s the reason Newcastle go on the continent to get their players.
But Newcastle do have Danny Simpson to sell this month, and two can play that game – so if Tomkins is valued at 10M, then maybe Newcastle say Simpson is worth £5M.
There are different opinions on Tomkins among the fans, but all we can say is that when we’ve seen him play for West Ham he’s always looked a good player, and in the Championship play-off against Blackpool last May at Wembley, he was West Ham’s star man at center-back, in such an important game.
And we’ve seem him excel in defensive midfield too, and it could be, depending on how we stand come May, that Newcastle may look to offload Cheick Tiote in the summer, with Anita, Bigirimana and possibly Tomkins, who could play next season in that role.
But it seems a possibility that Newcastle could use Simpson as bait to get one of their targets in London, with Fulham, West Ham and QPR all said to be interested in taking the former Manchester United defender to London this month.
And certainly there’s no future for the lad in the first team at Newcastle, following the Debuchy signing.
What do you think?
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