With the news that Newcastle have given up on the chase of free agent Douglas of FC Twente – we wonder who Newcastle’s number one center-back target is, and whether it will be a British based player.
Alex Pearce – is he Newcastle new target?
Derek LLambias and Graham Carr had been working to bring Douglas to the club, but when Joe Kinnear arrived the inside information was that he stopped the chase, and Derek LLambias resigned and Graham Carr is supposedly considering his position at the club, although we think he’s going to stay – since he’s got a very good rapport with Mike Ashley.
Newcastle have been linked with two British based players – James Tomkins of West Ham and Reading’s Irish International Alex Pearce, who becomes a free agent on July 1st.
Alex Pearce has been a long term target of Liverpool, and it seems that James Tomkins will not be made available for transfer.
West Ham Co-Chairman Gold had this to say a couple of weeks ago:
“We are not selling James Tomkins, he’s on a long contract and is still only a young man.” “He’s an absolutely top prospect and was he to be available it would not be easy to buy him as we have a very high valuation on him.”
“This is no longer a selling club. We are moving forward into a big future and we will therefore be keeping our biggest players. James is one of them.”
Newcastle tried to get Tomkins in a year last January with no success, and if you believe Mike Ashley still wants to sign players on the cheap (he does), and that Alan Pardew wants players with Premier League experience, then Pearce could be the man.
And at the beginning of the month a source was quoted in the Shields Gazette:
“I do think Alex would be a fantastic signing for Newcastle,” “He’s in a fantastic position, and there’s a number of clubs monitoring him.” “Newcastle would be a club that would interest him.”
“He’s a leader, and a player that Reading groomed to be captain.” “He’s a vocal player and isn’t afraid of telling people if they’re not doing their jobs.” “He leads from the back, pushes the defense up, and gives 100% in training and games.”
So if we are reading the tea leaves correctly it could be that Joe Kinnear has decided the 24 year-old Pearce could be a better signing than the 6’4″ Brazilian Douglas, and we don’t think West Ham would let James Tomkins leave for a reasonable fee of say £4M – not when they just bought Andy Carroll for £15M.
6’2″ Pearce has played 145 games for Reading with 12 goals, and he’s also been on loan at Northampton, Bournemouth, Norwich City and Southampton where he has played another 47 games with 3 goals, and he has one cap for Ireland.
What do you think?
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