Newcastle Linked With Top International Defender


If Newcastle can start capitalizing on the excellent display in the second half yesterday against Chelsea, by bringing in two or three good players in January, then it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle can do well in the league this season, maybe even very well.

Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen – Newcastle interested?

We still think Newcastle need a top center-half brought in, mainly because both Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor seem to pick up a lot of injuries over the last couple of seasons, but certainly Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have played very well in the last couple of games.

Newcastle’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear, according to the Daily Star, has been watching Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, the 44 times capped Belgium International and Arsenal club captain.

Vermaelen is still only 27, although he has lots of experience at the very top-level, but has made only one Premier League appearance all season, and Thomas himself may want to make a move in January, since his World Cup place may be under jeopardy with him not playing regular club football.

It’s not surprising that Arsene Wenger does not want to lose his club captain,, but if this news is true that Newcastle are interested, it’s good news,  because we need an experienced additional center-back at Newcastle.

We’re not sure how much Thomas would cost but on transfermarkt.com his transfer price is estimated at €16M (£13.6M), and that would be far too much for Newcastle under the current regime.

Vermaelen joined Arsenal in June of 2009, for about £10M, and he has made 133 appearances for the London club with 15 goals, and he is dangerous from set pieces and corners, and that would be an advantage for the Magpies.

But we think the Belgian would be too expensive for Newcastle,  but there are also other center-backs Newcastle could go after in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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121 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Would be a very good signing to replace colo. Still would need a commanding, huge CB, but he would be a very good buy.

    Bigger teams than us will be after him though.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Bills

    Yeh I know what you mean, all well and good me asking to sell to make money but if we don’t get a good offer then there’s no point selling really.

    My biggest issues with Ashley are:

    – timing of buying players, sometimes we should just bit the bullet and pay the extra 1/2 million

    – lack of clear way forward (would like more invested in academy if thats the way, more increases to scout network to identify more youngsters worldwide too, better coaching, etc etc)

    – no respect for fans (renaming ground, banning local papers, etc)

    – and finally not having idiots like kinnear get jobs he clearly isn’t good enough to do, get proper people in to run the business and football side, if we don’t spend a fortune on players, which is fine, hire some competent people to maximise the set up.

    Agree or disagree with any of them?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #3

    from earlier if anyone missed sunday supplement on sky sports

    There was small section on Newcastle today on The Sunday Supplement on sky sports this morning. Some really good points made, not sure if the video for it will exist anywhere online yet.

    To sum up (and they had Sean Custis, local newcastle fan and national journalist on the show).

    – made the point the local papers are the lifeblood in the community, more harmful banning them than nationals
    – Alex ferguson always full of praise for chronicle’s passion of coverage
    – Ashley may own the club but he can’t do as he pleases, emotional attachment huge and should always consider fans (not saying we should sign more players just to respect fans)
    – Same issue as above with cardiff owner changing coour of kit
    – Said the local papers really got the club back on it’s feet by helping Sir John Hall find and buy all the shares which got us to be the big, prem league name we are now
    – Said the fans were RIGHT to protest against the owner for appointing idiots like kinnear who do more harm than good
    – Also confirmed the story kinnear came back from birmingham recommending we sign shane ferguson

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  • JackButler

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s never come anywhere near being our price range, plus he’d have far better options open to him if he as to leave Arsenal

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    I Just want to see this team :

    ————-Sissoko——————–Anita————

    ——–Marveaux———Cabaye——–HBA——–

    ——————————Remy————————

    At least give Marv a chance and if he doesn’t track back then drop him for Gouffran . That team has the potential to play some of the best football we have seen at NUFC for a long time .

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #6

    big papa

    no reason to drop gouff, he has been good all year. Marv is a luxury we can’t afford who doesn’t suit the pardew style. And also marv has said himself he likes to play central not wide, we have better options central than him.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Absolutely fantastic CB…………….But the bloke has the same doctor as Stevie Taylor! He simply can’t stay fit, can’t see us paying out anywhere near that figure for a player with such a poor fitness record

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  • bills-son

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    TS,I agree on sticking with Willo and Mbiwa.When Willo isnt in the side all too often there is indecision between the CBs on who challenges for the high ball and the oppo win it or lay it off too easily. I hardly saw Mbiwa challenge for one high ball against City or Chelsea, he concentrated on intercepting through balls and covering Willo when he attacked the high ball.The other big thing that has helped the CBs is Debuchy and Santon upping their game defensively and being helped out by Gouff, Remy and Sissoko. You rarely see the CBs in the full back positions now.

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  • yo-yo

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Bills

    It’s a fair point that not selling does not weaken the team but not buying does not strengthen the side either.
    Agree the addtional CF and CB you mention are top of the list.
    We are benefiting from two things:
    1. Pardew having a full range of good squad players to pick from – and most players are in reasonable form – even if we still stutter too often
    2. Last season’s new guys are bedding in properly now – and I don’t agree that Sissoko is being played out of position either – can’t remember who keeps posting that one. Debuchy can deliver for sure despite his Citeh nightmare. We need to be more patient sometimes

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    bills

    yeh willo is a good partner for colo/mbiwa as he offers what they lack, and vice versa

    Also debuchy and santon have massively improved, I think it’s down to 2 reasons. They are getting more cover from the wide player, but also they are timing their runs forward better…only going when it is safe (as safe as can be) to do so, instead of just always bombing on.

    Yo-yo

    Good point on debuchy, also players can just have bad form….just because navas was top of his game and ran riot against him that day doesn’t mean debuchy can’t lern from it and stop him next time.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Sage
    We’ve already replaced Colo, with Yanga Mbiwa
    It’s a Taylor replacement we need or a Willo upgrade, for me we need to be looking at Ashley Williams

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  • yo-yo

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    bills

    good point about the CB pairing working well.

    JB

    Sometimes a really good player will come to a mid ranking club because he’s a big fish in a small pond. Just look at the disatrous move Ba made – maybe good for money in the bank but terrible for his career

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  • JackButler

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #13

    tads

    Ashley Williams isn’t rated that highly by the Swans fans as most see him as the weak link in their back four

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    tads

    Think he will be too expensive for what he is and for what Ashley will sanction.

    We could do with looking abroad, like arsenal did with Mertesaker or man utd with vidic, city with kompany. We have our current crop of players so would be able to slowly bed him in over next season.

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  • yo-yo

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #15

    TS

    Totally agree Goufy has put himeslef well above Marv in the pecking order. His workrate and overall team contribution and ‘fit’ means he is going to be well up Pardew’s list of improving players

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  • JackButler

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #16

    yo-yo

    Yeah that does happen from time to time, but the lad is used to playing Champions League football and will have no end of better offers on the table if he were to leave and even if he did want to come there’s not way we’d pay the transfer fee or wages that he would command

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  • yo-yo

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17

    JB

    Yes, it is a difficult choice for players – but I reckon PEA did actually go to the right team for him 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #18

    yo-yo

    I’m a big fan of marv and would like him on the bench certainly before obertan and also maybe before sammy…think of how compact sunderland were and how little they were attacking..,would have been ideal for marv to have a free role in the last 30 mins to unlock their defence.

    But in general the lad can’t do 90 mins, doesn’t work hard enough with or without the ball.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #19

    JB
    Weak link? If Swansea didn’t have Williams there defence would be woeful
    The lad is a beast

    Sage
    If we can afford Vermalen then no way is Williams out of range

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #20

    yo-yo

    Pea was clever, knew he’s have to fight hi way into the side this year but if he plays well he could be the main man when lewondowski leaves in the summer when his contract i up.

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  • bills-son

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #21

    TS @ 2,

    I agree with the gist of your points against Ashley.

    I don’t believe he deliberately sets out to disrespect fans and lets not forget when he first came he wore the shirt, drank in the Strawberry, sat with the fans and did what they wanted – brought Keegan back.

    To say the PR has gone sh1tfaced from then is an understatement and he has made a big mistake imo banning the Chronicle. There can only be one loser in this stand off and that is Ashley. This ban will fester like an open sore and has the potential to do far more damage to Ashley’s ownership than any sporadic fan march or protest.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #22

    tads

    I don’t think we can (or should i say be willing) to afford either

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  • JackButler

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #23

    yo-yo

    As soon as Dortmund entered the frame we had no chance of getting PEA as they have a brilliant set up out there with the best young manager in the game today imo

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  • JackButler

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #24

    tads

    I’m surrounded by Swans fans and believe me he isn’t rated that highly

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #25

    bills

    Yeh I don’t think he sits there thinking what can i do to these idiots next…I just think he is very poorly advised and lets his business brain over rule his emotional brain (if that make any sense at all).

    We hear off pardew Ashley is a football fan, so even as a basic fan he must realise than Kinnear is washed up has been who is of no benefit to the club, why not hire somebody more up to date with running a club. My only logic is he wants an easy ride and not to be pressured into spending more than he wants.

    But even still with good people on the business side and good people on the football he could get a heck of a lot more from the club for the money that’s spent, that’s what confuses me. He woudln’t need to spend anymore to get the benefits, so not sure why he doesn’t make these positive changes.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #26

    jack

    Really? that shocks me.

    I think he is very very good for them. The media love him too and even arsenal were after him. What don’t they like about him?

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  • JackButler

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Transfer Sage

    The lads that I’ve spoken to say he’s always prone to stupid mistakes, isn’t the best at reading the game and that he is the weak link of their back four, personally I think he’s a decent player.

    He may have been linked with Arsenal but they offered decent money for Cab’s and if what we’ve been told is true he was only seen as a back up so even if Williams had gone there he could have spent his time warming the bench

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  • AMEOBI

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Sorry for the random join in but I must say Williams is a real good player. Fair enough Swansea may not rate him but I’d be happy to see him playing for us. Rather have Vermaelen can’t believe he is only 27!

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29

    moses go part the red sea

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #30

    jack

    I could see willaims as their 4th choice really, he isn’t better than what they have.

    Everyone always caims abou CBs making the odd error but most of them do, only a handful are rock solid week in week out. I think people expect too much and for them to never be beaten/make an error.

    Glad they are error prone or football would be bloody dull to watch.

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #31

    like i said 1 swallow

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  • JackButler

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Transfer Sage

    The problem is that he’s 29 and would cost 10+ million

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #33

    john

    What has given me a little more hope than usual is that we have slightly adapted out style the last two games using shola which has helped remy and gouffran.

    Not saying all is rosy…but definitely more hope than after some previous games.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #34

    jack

    exactly…too much for what he is as well.

    need to look elsewhere

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #35

    What is the point in our scout watching Arsenal, unless we’re going to loan one of their youngsters

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  • belgrade fan

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Mitrogly from Olympiacos, exactly what we need. But since he dosnt play in France-Holland, doubt anybody in NUFC heard about him

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  • JAMSHA

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #37

    arsnal would want cabaye if we get this lad

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  • John Tudor

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #38

    it gives me hope if pardew could show it over 6/8 games

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #39

    who said our scouts been watching arsenal?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #40

    i imagine kinnear is watching all prem teams to give reports to prdew on how they are currently playing and advise, not justt general scouting misisons.

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