Irish International Could Be New Magpies’ Center-Back Target


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.

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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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32 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Cant see any imminent signings at the moment….. Not with the ‘ Circus’ management that is currently going on

    Imo

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  • JackButler

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Douglas, Tomkins or Pearce???

    To say I’m underwhelmed would be an putting it lightly.

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  • curlywatts

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Laurent Blanc taking over at PSG!!
    That’s a little bit of good news as far as Ben Arfa’s concerned.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    is there any decent signing we are going for like PEA for instant?

    ah sh!t i forgot JFK is in charge now

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  • dantoon85

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #5

    OMG it’s getting worse. We’ll be signing John o’shea and we’d brown from the shite next!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh god, I was instantly worried when I read Irish centre half in the headline, then to see it is this particular one is, as Jack says, underwhelming. I would prefer Tomkins.

    Alex Pearce a centre half who decided he wasn’t good enough to play for Scotland’s international side (he freely admitted this) so plumped for Ireland.

    If this is the kind of player we are going to be bringing in then I despair. However, there is absolutely nothing in this story that says we are, other then Ed’s Tea leaf reading skills, which I’d guess, aren’t that great other wise why would he have spent his life following this shower!

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    At the right price, Pearce would be a solid signing. Huge upgrade on willo but would have to be a cheap buy.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    how many teams have got there players through the door?

    seems to me we are the only team with no signings atm

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  • dantoon85

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Wes brown******** predictive text aaaarrrrrggggghhhhh

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    TorqToon

    alreet mate, hows the rumors on your end? has J. Pastore been linked to Newcastle yet 😉

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  • cyprus

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    On Shearer’s Bar, i thought it was Shearer’s bar. Since it isn’t, it’s none of his business. Trivial but, did he say he actually buys his season ticket? Is that true?

    On more important matters: Are AP and Carr really at each other? If that is true, I do get the JoKe reasoning!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Torq,
    Really, I seem to remember Reading being particularly poor defensively, under threat of relegation, and yet they were still unwilling to play someone who was 90% leaving in the summer. That would have been like us not playing Demba in the run up to virtually every transfer window. If he was any better then there others, he would have played.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Cyprus. Yes he said he buys seaon tickets ( i assume for him and his family). There is no reason to disbelieve that.

    Also, he clearly doesnt care about what the bar is called… he said so in the quote ed posted. It is a total none story designed to rile up less intelligent fans

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  • Stevenage Magpie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Pearce is a quality, young centre back! I would be happy with him

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Pearce wasn’t even a regular in a relegated team.

    Douglas is on the verge of the Dutch team and was rated by some as even better than Vertonghen and Alderwield. Plus he was Ash’s favourite price – free!!

    After all the work Carr put in it just seems a no-brainer if the replacement is Pearce.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Markaccus,
    Even if he was annoyed by the name change, it is still completely irrelevant to fans when we look at the summer so far. Kinnear, Llambias, Pardew. Much bigger things to think about then get upset about what a bar is called.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Alex Pearce closer to signing a new deal
    with Reading FC

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  • Stevenage Magpie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Pearce and Bent would both be good. Both English, one a huge prosper for the future the other an established premier league goal scorer still in his prime with a point to prove.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #19

    Guys, these may be good players but ONLY a marque signing will silence the masses. I’m actually waiting for one – as soon as Carr decides he’s staying and we get a new CFO…

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Lilongwe

    Yeah. I dont care. I think No9 is a good name anyway. It honours the shirt and everyone who wore it, including big al.
    What annoyed me was when fans turned on shearer for something he didnt do.

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  • Stevenage Magpie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Where I’m from most people are spurs fans and most of them say they wish they still had Bent now with the formation an tactics they play

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Rotonda,
    But Pearce is free to. And he will want less wages than Douglas.

    He wasn’t a regular because he was dropped as he said he was leaving. However, as I said above, if he was better then the others, and it might have gained them valuable points they would have played him regardless.

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  • donkey

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #23

    were not sighing any more defenders or full backs dont care what the papers or twitter says strong enough in them postions already the only player we will be going for are attackers and clearing out a load of deadwood

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  • Raffo

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #24

    @18 – so why am I wholly underwhelmed by the prospect? Are these really the signings JFK was on about? ‘Players good enough for Newcastle’?!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Markaccus,
    Agreed, the No 9 is part of our history, present and our future.

    I’m not a Shearer fan particularly, he was great as a player, but as a person he isn’t the nicest of blokes, and as a pundit/media person he is awful. He was awful as a manager as well.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #26

    West Ham were said to want 10 million for Tomkins back in January, Douglas is a very much in the vein of Saylor while Pearce couldn’t get into a relegated side that had a -30 goal difference when they were relegated.

    None of them would be much of an upgrade on what we already have at the club imo

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  • Santon03

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #27

    This is getting ridiculous, why are we discussing a bar?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #28

    If we got a new owner and some and fit and proper people running the club, a long shot I know but bear with me, would the 8 year contracts become null and void and only apply during ash’s reign of terror or do the new owners have to pick up the tab?

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  • GeordieDan

    Jun 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda>

    8 year contracts would remain in place regardless of Fat Ash selling up unfortunately. The contract is with the club not the individual owner.

    That’s why most managers get a nice beefy pay off when a new owner comes in.

    Like Fat Sam did from Ashley.

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  • keeleytoon

    Jun 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #30

    FOOTBALL
    Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote, 27, has appeared in court charged with five offences, including using a false identity document and fraud.

    on the bbc site, any one know what this is about?

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Jun 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Pearce signs 2 year deal with Reading today! (thank god… he is gash)

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  • Jinky Jim

    Jun 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #32

    66 and counting,that,s six teams ffs

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