Magpies Linked With 22 Year-Old International Defender

Newcastle are said to be interested in 22 year-old Godfrey Oboabona, who has played 16 times for Nigeria and is currently playing for the Sunshine Stars in Nigeria.


Godfrey Oboabona – Nigerian defender

Godfery is based in Akure  and is playing for his home town club – but there are some European clubs who are said to be interested in the defender  and they include Newcastle United.

The player was offered a trial by Arsenal late last month, so other big clubs are already after the 6’1″ defender, although it doesn’t look like Arsenal have offered him a contract – yet.

The reports out of Nigeria suggest the fee is a mere £1M, so certainly Oboabona meets the criteria of a player who is not too expensive and could become an excellent player in the future – and that’s  the type of player Newcastle are looking for.

Newcastle are after good players in all positions, but our goals against this season is one of the worst in the Premier League,  so we are hoping Newcastle will bring in some new defenders over the summer.

Danny Simpson is leaving when his contract runs out, and Coloccini could leave to return home to be with his family, so there is room for new good young defenders  in the Newcastle squad.

Godfrey Oboabona made his International debut for Nigeria last year, and the defender has appeared in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches since then.

Godfery was also called up to the Nigerian 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and of course Nigeria won the whole thing by beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final, and Godfery played in the final.

It’s hard to know how good this player is – but why wouldn’t Newcastle give the lad at least a trial?

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24 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #1

    With a name like that he better be good 🙂

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #2

    221 years old :O bit outside of our policy like 😉

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #3

    ahh ed fixed it, too fast for me

  • Sazzer

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I think it also depends on if Sochaux is getting relegated. Arsenal are said to be going for him as well but I guess it depends on if the sell Sagna. He has relegation clause, and Boudebouz as well.

    Would be nice to pick them up cheap to add squad depth.
    Boudebouz instead of Obertan and Corchia instead of Simpson.

    This guy look promising at 1 m £. Could be taller but his name make up for that.

  • Sazzer

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #6

    4 m £ and 5 m £ if we met their clauses.

  • Sazzer

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #7

    We might wait on Boudebouz until next winter or summer. When his contract is running out.3 goals and 7 assist in team struggling in relegation zone in France would probably be like at least like 14 assist and 6 goals in top team in Holland.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Would like us to sign this boy as a development player but also we need to sign a proper center back to take Taylor and Colo’s place in the team

    Sometimes you have to take risks on youngsters before they start to fulfill their potential PEA is a great example of this we should really have tried to get him signed up in the summer past although it would have been a bit of a risk he is now turning into the real deal which means we will probably not get him

  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #9

    By the way, just found out we have created one more chance than Dortmund this season overall. Big WTF on that one. They must have counted every hoof like a chance.

  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #10

    They scored twice as much and conceded twice as less as well.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #11

    why are all these transfers keep popping up, shouldn’t we be focused on getting a new manager in first then work on from there?

  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Hopefully, Santon will play like Maldini defensively next season and become another example.

    I guess if Colo leaves we need new more experience CB.

  • Sazzer

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Well if Pardew is going to get sacked we need to get relegated otherwise he will stay until next season.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #14

    for a CB i’ll go for Kurt Zouma

  • AwToonnufc

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Would take him as a development player…. My top two targets would be aubamayang and Sakho. I think Sakho and m’bwia could potentially form a world class partnership. Both young French internationals who should have a good understanding of each other… I also like the look of that balde who we’ve been linked with. Tall, strong, good with his feet and can score goals by the looks of him. That along side aubamayang with his pace and finishing. Then we can mix it up with cisse as well. Very wishful thinking about these players at the toon given how poor our seasons been.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Bills Son

    I agree with your posts that Ashley has the best intentions for the club to succeed,.

    However your disagreements with Beattie about Pardews failings seem really antiquated.

    Was it cold in the ground this morning?

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #17

    our season has been poor all through but we still manage to bring in quality players

  • Barbtoon

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #18

    Just seen on BBC sport that Kolo Toure is looking to leave Man City come summer. Yet is wanting to stay in England. I personally believe he will be a terrific replacement for Colo.

  • BigKirky

    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #19

    That link that nufc and Beattie suggested is an excellent read and reveals more of Pardew’s verbal illusions by citing facts:

    He’s lying and deceiving everyone regularly, and it’s not on. As I said before, he’ll deceive those who haven’t been able to watch the 90 minutes live or on a stream by saying things in his interviews which just aren’t true.

    I absolutely hate it and it adds to the long list of things why he just isn’t up to the task of managing at the level we need with the standard of players which we have.

    I hope in a way I’m proved wrong, and I’ve defended him in the past but that was in the hope last year that our points with poor performances may turn into points with good performances.

    Unfortunately it is the opposite. Little points and poor performances.

    His lies try to cover up his own limitations and lack of knowledge and insight on how to correct them. This is an ongoing thing, as if he knew how to correct his ineffective tactics we would see an improvement or certainly a change the next game, but we haven’t for two years apart from the odd glimmer like when he played 433 last year.

    Not good enough with the genuine youthful and prime quality which we possess.

  • toonbrother

    Apr 25, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #20

    He was really good for Nigeria at the African Nations and kept experienced players like Joseph Yobo on the bench. Fantastic tackler but a bit raw for my liking.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Apr 25, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Not meaning to sound racist at all here, but what is it with us and black players? Half the side have dark skin and we’re constantly being linked with more. Not complaining but just thought I’d make a wee query. I’m not being racist by the way!

  • tooninspain

    Apr 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Magpies t d. If you keep saying you’re not racist enough times, people MAY begin to believe you. I doubt it though.

  • spartacus

    Apr 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #23

    In my opinion we need a 1st class defender i dont trust S.Taylor because of his injuries. Cheers from Larissa’s Newcastle fans ( Greece )

  • Owldman

    Apr 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #24

    The sooner you Pardew out brigade realise the club belongs to Mr Ashley and not a board of share holder the better.Pardew will go when Ashley decides if you dont like it show your feelings to Ashley either by a games boycott or through your official supporters club.but all you want to do is come on to the blog & bloody moan, never heard cries of Pardew out last season.


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