There’s news today in the local press today, that Newcastle are starting a search to replace Fabricio Coloccini, who is reported to be leaving Newcastle this summer.
Fabricio Coloccini – leaving in the summer?
Newcastle were linked with 24 year-old Sevilla center-back Jaun Cala a couple of days ago, and his contract ends in June, so he would be available as a free agent at that time, if he doesn’t sign a new deal with his home town club before then.
And Newcastle were linked with the impressive 19 year-old French U21 International center-back Kurt Zouma of St Etienne in the summer, and could follow up on the player this summer.
And another target is said to be 24 year-old West Ham’s James Tomkins of West Ham, but we wonder if this lad is good enough, since he cannot seem to nail down a starting place in the London side.
Coloccini agreed to stay at Newcastle last June only for this season, but the basic issue that his family is now resident in Buenos Aries still exists, and it’s thought that Coloccini will push for a move back to Argentina in the summer.
And the fact that his close friend Jonas Gutierrez has moved to Norwich City, initially on loan, could also help Colo decide his time is up at Newcastle at the end of the season.
If this news is true it will be important to hold onto Steven Taylor, and we saw on Sunday that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is still getting used to the physical demands of the Premier League.
And we don’t know how young Curtis Good is doing in the U21 side, and the 20 year-old Australian surprisingly has not been sent out on loan this season to get first team games.
It could be that Newcastle’s top targets in the summer are a center-back and a center-forward, as we are going to be short of strikers if both Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy leave the club this summer.
What do you think?
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