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Newcastle Interested In The New Gareth Bale

9:25 am, Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Newcastle United would like to bring in more English players to strengthen their squad, but with Mike Ashley tough control of the purse strings, and English players always costing more than those on the continent, it could be difficult for Newcastle to get many English players at the club in the next year or so.

Sam Byram

Sam Byram – talented 20 year-old right back

And news in the Shields Gazette today that Newcastle have been interested in Leeds United right back Sam Byram who turned 20 only last week.

Sam was named in the England U20 team this summer, along with our own Gael Bigirimana for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, but he had to withdraw due to a hip injury sustained towards the end of last season.

And it turns out the six footer has only just returned to action for Leeds at the weekend, and he played for just over a half,  in the 2-1 defeat at Elland Road by Burnley.

Former Reading manager Brian McDermott is now at Leeds and he had this to say about the highly promising right back:

“It was a difficult game for Sam,” “You’re asking an awful lot – he’s not played for such a long time.”   “He was struggling a little bit at half-time, so he got to 60 minutes and we took him off.”

“He’s a little bit sore. We’re just hopeful that he’s going to come through and get stronger for that 60 minutes.”

Newcastle have been watching the player since we did not replace Danny Simpson when he left as a free agent in the summer, but we are fairly well off for full-backs with both Davide Santon and Paul Dummett able to move over and play right back, and we also have 20 year-old Frenchman Massadio Haidara coming through in the left back position.

Sam’s playing style is reminiscent of that of former Southampton youngster Gareth Bale, but on the right hand side, and he has so far played 53 times for Leeds with four goals, and has a contract through the summer of 20016, so he will not come cheap.

Not surprisingly there are already a number of Premier League clubs watching the youngster.

But it’s going to be very difficult, with the current transfer policy of Newcastle,  to be willing to pay out the transfer fees it would take to bring talented young English players to Tyneside.

What do you think?

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    cracking young player could offer a challenge to Debuchy for RB spot

  • 2 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    but saying that MA won’t get him he just cant afford buying players, ah well i guess all billionaires are skint these days.

  • 3 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Sam Byram valuation must be at leaast 1-3 million with very low wages, didn’t Bale get bought for 3 million? and look how that turned out!

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    steve 48

    those dates work don’t they? Dyer is nearly 36, probably joined us in his early 20’s.

    This kid won’t be the new Gale if our coaching staff get near him!!

  • 5 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    We were heavily linked with the actual Bale when he was younger but thought the price tag was too high. That worked for us didn’t it?

    I read that Liverpool were offered Ronaldo whilst at Sporting, but they turned him down because he was too skinny.

    Like we were offered Zidane when he was younger weren’t we? Rejected Hypia as well. Something is going wrong somewhere I think.

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Black and White,
    The deal for Bale was £10million, Southampton sold their 25% sell on clause for £3million.

    Leeds have valued Byram at £5million.

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Rotonda,
    He is trying to point out that Ed made a typo and put in an extra 0. “20007”. Basically, being a bit of a tool.

  • 8 martoon // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Rotonda – Dyer was with us from 1999 – 2007. Steve 48 was being arsy because Ed made a typo 20007.

  • 9 geordiemark // Sep 24, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I am 50 years old and i could challenge Debuchy for his place :) aye talented player but will cost the earth soon enough

  • 10 CParkinson // Sep 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Don’t think this will happen. know from Leeds owner not willing to sell top youngster

  • 11 CParkinson // Sep 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Although i hear could be sold in the summer but knowing NUFC we wont get him

  • 12 NOVA2967 // Sep 25, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Well yea, ill take him. Doubt it will happen. Perfect for some competition to Debutch.

    Im going to go out and say this is the best talent of young english players ive seen in a very long time, maybe ever. Still no striker tho.

    Barkley and Hughes should form a solid midfield with Zaha and maybe OX on the wings.
    Shaw and Byram could be a good start for the future of england.

    Plus the way the top teams buy english talent and are letting them go we should be snatching players up. Rodwell, sinclair, moses (hes english)

    Anyhow, still feeling good about this year. Well be able to tell what Pardew is all about. Gouffran for Cisse




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