Having seemingly missed out on securing Loic Remy as Newcastle’s second striker this week, Newcastle will now turn their attentions to trying to keep our captain Fabricio Coloccini on Tyneside.
Fab Coloccini – in action on Saturday – was this his last game for the Magpies?
The Argentine stunned Newcastle last Friday with his request to leave the club immediately and join Argentine club San Lorenzo, but exactly how he does that is not clear.
San Lorenzo cannot afford the fee of about £5M, and Coloccini still has three and a half years left on his £60K/week contract at Newcastle.
It seems that San Lorenzo were hoping that Colo could buy out his contract at the club, but we’re not sure how he would do that, and we suppose Newcastle could stand firm and tell him to honor his contract, although the reason he wants to leave is a personal family matter – and what that is exactly we don’t know – and Newcastle are not talking.
Newcastle are hopeful that Coloccini will remain through the end of the season, when he can leave – but even then Newcastle would want a fee, and the news is that Coloccini still wants to leave immediately for Argentina.
Newcastle have to be ready to bring at least one new center-half into the club this month, since we started the season with only three experienced center-backs, and most Premier League clubs have four players vying for that position.
There has been interest in Valenciennes’ Gaeten Bong, who is mainly a left back, and Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been scouted for a year, and Newcastle are being linked recently with 20 year-old Danish International center-back Jores Okore, who plays for Nordsjaelland in the Danish Superliga.
And we have been watching Groningen youngster Virgil van Dijk for about a year now, and we seem to have an interest in Finnish International center-back Niklas Moisander, who is at Ajax, and also with Belgian Intentional Toby Alderweireld, who is also at the Dutch Champions.
And apparently Newcastle will not bother moving for FC Twente’s Douglas – so take your pick – but even if we get two of these through the door before February, we will still miss Coloccini’s calming influence at the back, which was evident in the 0-0 draw at Norwich on Saturday.
We are supposed to be strengthening our squad in January, but if we lose Colo we’ll have lost two of our best players – with Demba Ba moving quickly to sign for Chelsea on January 4th.
With only 16 days left in the transfer window there’s not a lot of time to bring in new players.
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