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Newcastle Linked With Greek International Center-Back

9:20 am, Saturday, November 30th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Kostas Manolas is a 22 year-old center-back who this year has been capped five times for Greece, and he currently plays for Olympiacos in his home country.

PAOK FC v AEK Athens FC - Greek Superleague

Kostas Manolas – top young Greek center-back

And there’s a report in the Chronicle today that Alan Pardew went to watch the 6’2″ defender in Paris on Wednesday night, as Olympiacos played PSG and were beaten 2-1 in a group game of the Champions League.

Even though Alan has played down talk this week of captain Fab Coloccini wanting to leave Newcastle in the summer, and to return to Argentina where his family are now located, we would expect Joe Kinnear and Graham Carr to be checking out some center-backs in case Colo does end up leaving in the summer..

San Lorenzo are the club Pope Francis supports, and they are still keen on taking Colo back home, and there’s a chance that could happen in the summer, so Newcastle need to be ready to bring in a good replacement for the 31 year-old Argentine, who’s had an excellent career on Tyneside over the last five years.

We don’t expect the circus we had last January when San Lorenzo tried to sign Coloccini, and the captain wanted to leave, but the Argentine club just didn’t have the money to buy him.

But we could see a similar situation in the summer, although Newcastle will still need compensation for their captain.

And if Colo leaves then from what we can tell, this lad Kostas Manolas looks like he could be a very good buy for the club, and he’ll know all about another 6’2″ Greek International center-back, who had a good career on Tyneside some years ago – Nikos Dabizas.

Nikos was at Newcastle from 1998 through 2004, and he also joined from Olympiakos.

Kostas started his career at Thrasyvoulos back in 2008, and in 2009 he moved to AEK, before ending up at Olympiacos seventeen months ago on a free transfer.

He has played 51 times with four goals for Olympiacos, and he played 85 times for AEK with six goals.

We’re not sure how much business Newcastle will be able to accomplish in January, but the summer is also shaping up to be what could be an interesting time for Newcastle fans.

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Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target





12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Nov 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    WHO?

    I would challenge someone on here to count just how may
    players we are linked with between now and the end of January? Starting with this one!

  • 2 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Nov 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    ( 1 ) Costas Manolas – Olympiacos, Greece

    – linked on 30 November 13

  • 3 Black and White with an army lol // Nov 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    lol i think every single player in football and in every single country have been linked with us.

    well it’s like what JFK said he’s knows every manager ;)

  • 4 Ciaran // Nov 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Newxpat

    Forgetting the Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason who we were linked with about a month back, and then there was that young Brazilian kid, Alex McCarthy of Reading just to name a few. Impossible to keep track of them all.

  • 5 Ciaran // Nov 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    NB – Alex McCarthy is not Brazilian.

  • 6 Black and White with an army lol // Nov 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    i think so far we have been linked with

    1. Gomis
    2. PEA
    3. Zouma
    4. Ola Toven
    5. Ince
    6. Sinclair
    7. Bent
    8. Zaha
    9. Thauvin
    10. Rooney
    11. McCarthy
    12. Macmanaman
    13. Costas Manola
    14. Menez
    15. Sakho
    16. Fer
    17. Ayew
    18. De Jong
    19. dutch keeper
    20. Bruno – Portugal defender
    21. Brazil defender
    22. AMC french playmaker
    23. Rafa Benitez lol
    24. Hughes
    25. RB at Leeds
    26. BA again
    27. Van wolfswinkle
    28. Troare
    29. fingers cramp lol
    30. i’m giving up

  • 7 I-Am-Ahab // Nov 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Has there been any discussions with san Lorenzo regarding a trade for Fab… I’ve never seen them play but if you believe transfermarket.com they seem to have some young players of value…

  • 8 jimiley // Nov 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    We were linked with hundreds last year and bought nowt. Tight git and bandit.

  • 9 Blofal // Nov 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    We are after a CB and CF/ST and will be linked with every single player in Europe of those two positions who have a possibilty of moving in the next two windows. I’ll believe it when I see them in Black and White.

    And ill be judging JFK on his signings. Keeping in mind that any young gems we buy are more likely the work of Lord Graham Carr.

  • 10 lesh // Nov 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    So can we infer that if this lad’s a possible replacement for Collo, then Good hasn’t made the grade?

    And, in any event, we shouldn’t be thinking of signing players as replacements for those that leave, do so. We should be signing in anticipation, before prices go up!

  • 11 Blofal // Nov 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Just like most of the other youngsters Good wont get a chance unless he goes out on loan. Only now has Vuckic finally got a decent loan deal.

  • 12 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Nov 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    @7:

    Tightgit and Banddit !

    LOL !

    @ 4 : Your probably right, impossible to keep track of them all!




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