Magpies Offered Top Defender For Decent Fee


Neil Cameron in the Journal today reports that Newcastle have been quoted an £8M transfer fee if  we want to get 23 year-old Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk to Tyneside, although he only moved last summer from Groningen for £2.6M, and as we said yesterday, it’s just a pity Newcastle didn’t move for him then,  after tracking the player for over two years.

What was Joe Kinnear thinking – not much it seems. 😀

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Virgil van Dijk – playing against Barcelona last season

So Newcastle must pay over £5M more than we could have signed van Dijk for last summer, and that’s one way to look at it.

But from his top form at Celtic last season, when he was outstanding for the Celtic defense in the Champions League, this lad could be worth more than double £8M in the next couple of years,  if he does move to Newcastle and plays (very) well in the Premier League.

There’s also little doubt that Newcastle still need some reinforcements in defense, especially in central defense, and we again witnessed some weak defending against Huddersfield last night, in the 2-2 draw at John Smith’s stadium.

If Celtic are knocked out of the Champions League tonight in their second leg qualifier against  Legia Warsaw at home (they lost last week’s  first leg 4-1),  it seems almost certain the Scottish club will want to cash in on Virgil.

But there are also other clubs after the talented defender, and they include  Swansea and Southampton, and the south coast club could be an attraction to the center-back, with fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman the new manager.

Southampton also have plenty of money to spend after selling so many of their top young stars this summer.

Whether we can get van Dijk on board or not could be a measure of Newcastle’s ambitions this summer, and we have already done very well in bringing in seven players, plus those two Nottingham Forest defenders, who should be announced very soon – like today?

But to top off Newcastle’s transfer window this summer, another striker and a top center-back like Virgil would give us a very good squad for next season. and would be the best transfer window we’ve seen for at least 10 years.

We hope Newcastle go after this center-back,  and we certainly have the money to get him on Tyneside.

What do you think?

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504 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    This kid is a must

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  • cestriasteve

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Captn,

    Have to disagree there should be no power struggle, there is only 1 manager and his word goes. I actually don’t see Pardew as that type of autocratic manager but clearly he has to be respected in his judgement by all the players and their agents!!

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Well we need a defender.

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  • Tinman

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Ben Arfa, it seems, will struggle to be successful under this regime. The style of play just does not suit him. It is a real shame as he is one of the most talented footballers I have ever seen in a Black and White shirt. Whenever he had the ball at his feet anything was possible. Never say never in football, but I think his time here is done. It’s whats best for the football club and him right now. A friend of mine bumped into Benny in town a couple of days ago, his words were ‘Pardew doesn’t like me’. As a manager you should do your best to make sure no player feels like this, whether you like the way they play or not.

    Optimistic about the new season, signed some handy players. But can never get overly optimistic with Pards in charge.

    p.s people are already getting at Siem De Jong! Pretty sure the lad just has a bruised toe, can happen to anyone, he has had only one season which was ‘plagued’ by injury and he still played 28 games. He established himself as a first team starter at Ajax midway in 09/10 season – 35 games, 10/11 – 52 games, 11/12 – 39 games and 12/13 – 47 games. He is certainly not injury prone. Learn the facts.

    Sorry for the long post, I guess.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Slank, They were still teenagers if I remember correctly and just into start of the 20s when Kevin was playing them. That’s what I meant. I didn’t mean give them their debuts I just meant continued to play them at a young age.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6

    I spoke to my pal this morning who is also a Celtic fan and he thinks he’s like David Luiz in being a bit over-rated.

    It’s hard to tell though when playing in the SPL.

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Van Dijk reminds me a bit like Phillipe Albert in that he can attack with strong runs and is also comfortable on the ball on the deck and in the air…A must buy for the defence in my opinion

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Ian

    Had a look for some calomine lotion but we cant seem to get hold of any. E45 cream is doing the job for now

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  • Tinman

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    I confess to rarely seeing him play, so can’t comment on his standard. At least it appears the club is actively looking for a Centre Half. I like the fact he is Dutch, can only add to team cohesion with some of the orange ones already here.

    Future in defence could look bright with him, Haidara, Janmaat and Lascelles all being reltively young.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Cestriasteve

    This HBA issue has been hammered to death mate, irrelevant of what type of manager pards is he knew the only way the fans would accept life without HBA is to outcast him and turn him into a scapegoat as he did for ma utd and Spurs games, this man is littered with accusations of being an arrogant so n so. The player and agent challenged the lies / myths….such as HBA is injured when he wasn’t.

    However you are right….players shouldn’t be questioning the manager and apparently this is something HBA did in a team meeting when he told pardew the truth. Have to say though Ba questioned pardew and got his position back upfront, Cabaye apparently refused to play yet he came back into the fold immediately….Pards is fast running out of scapegoats so will be interesting to see who’s next.

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  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Being Dutch he should fit nicely into the club and the defence although if you get too many Dutch together they will start a dispute amongst themselves. Dutch national teams were famous for this.

    But he seems the right age and height and has experience of a foreign league even though it is a bit Mickey Mouse.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Ah joy the old HBA nugget again!

    It seems Jesper your tune on doing the honourable thing and just leaving has vastly changed its tune and now the right to see out a contract is exactly that
    Strange…….

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #13

    cestriasteve…I agree there shouldn’t be a power struggle, but we are not talking about kids here or amateur football. This is top professionals and their profession.

    Respect is a two way street – what we are witnessing here under this management and ownership is just pathetic.

    I still remember the stand-off between Shearer and Gullit – but then again Shearer was Newcastle’s Prodigal Son 😉

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t mind these Dutch links because we can try out De Boer as manager when conman is eventually sacked.

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  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Wandering Geordie

    ‘ Van Dijk reminds me a bit like Phillipe Albert..’

    But can he lob a ManU keeper !

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Cestriasteve…read the first paragraph of Our Toon’s post #10

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #17

    £8m is a lot for and SPL defender; 5m is more like it. But if Carr and co rate him then great – gawd knows we need a 1st choice CB.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Ba didn’t question Pardew, his agent said he struggled to understand why the clubs top goal scorer was dropped vs Everton to accommodate an out of form Cisse
    Something btw the fans had been screaming for him to do as Ba’s inclusion was being touted as Cisse’s demise
    Cabaye had nout to do with Pardew or tactics, he made it clear JFK had a deal with over a move, he was convinced to wait until Jan

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    I say bite the bullet and sign this lad. At 6’4″ strong and athletic he should be an ideal foil for coloccini, whi is still our technically best cb, but without the pace. Willow will be adiquate back up, and mym can watch and learn and develop along side this partnership, and hopefully replace colo in the starting line up next year.

    Sound like a plan??? 😀

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Lacazette to us with HBA going the other way and a quality CB. If we can do that I believe we could push top 6.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #21

    tads…the honorable thing? I am not on your side of this argument and I am not in support of what this management is going to the club I support.

    So tell me again why I should think Benny should the “honorable” thing in leaving? He is not doing me, the club or the supporters any favor in doing so.

    The coach has had plenty of opportunities to move Benny on for a high fee (if rumors are to be believed). Maybe the club should have taken the deal?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #22

    *going = doing

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #23

    I always get a bit confused between this guy and De Vrijs. Don’t know why as their names aren’t that similar!

    Is De Vrijs another defender who did very well
    at the WC. Not sure if the Celtic guy was in the squad for the WC.

    Such a shame we dawdled getting this guy. A bit like Wanyama, who we could have got for 900k at one point. Maybe these 2 and Forster will all end up at Soto.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Paying £8-10M for a SPL player have Boumsong written all over it!

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  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Markaccus

    I think the club should buy him as he and Lascelles would be the future. Colo and Williamson are not getting younger and Saylor and MYM are suspect.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    The HBA debate is boring and no one is going to agree. It also the PREVIOUS STORY. Can i suggest if people want to go and flog that particular dead horse, they do so on the previous story so that the rest of us who no longer give a fcuk can concentrate on other things?

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Can we just drop the HBA thing now?
    Its clear that to some he is a god hard-done by by the evil Darth Pardew. ( And presumably all his previous managers).

    Tell you what – the manager should take that positive, cohesive squad we’ve built – the ones who’ve been taking beastings from the new fitness coach – and tell them that the stroppy one who never passes the ball and turns up overweight for preseason – is going to take one of their places cos he’s just so damned special.
    Great move.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Wandering Geordie
    I watched this clip from you tube & he reminded me a bit of Albert.Only you tube but looked very comfortable on the ball & he also a bit of Sissoko about him.Oh…and he can really wack a ball.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY-RXVRpnUY

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #29

    markakkus

    Yes, in an ideal world a very good plan

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  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Jesper

    You promised me you wouldn’t mention ‘you know who’

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Jesper
    I was applying the argument you’ve used on the coach and several other players in regards to there contracts
    But your right, it’s his right, just like every other member of staff, to p1ss away his career!
    Funny how even Lyon don’t seem to be kicking the door down to bring the prodigal son home “drop your wages and yeah we’ll have ya” canny

    No one is saying Benny on your bike, off to the Ukraine with ya, but an opportunity has presented its self, money or football
    Does this plant him in the list of mercenaries you’ve drawn up now if he chooses the cash over the glory of the game?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #32

    Rotonda

    An ideal world???? Damn 🙁

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  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #33

    Markaccus @ 26

    As once famously said ‘it’s a dead parrot’

    All these people posting their pros and cons it’s like two bald men arguing over a comb.

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #34

    @ Slank

    ‘Im sure he can check him out on this link
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU_g3aKAhsE

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Markaccus
    Good point, no more will be mentioned about he who shall not be named (i understand this is Pardews nickname for him?)

    On topic
    The fee mentioned seems to be changing all the time, at the start of the window the lad was heavily linked with the Swans as a possible replacement for Williams for a fee of £6 mil
    I think £6 would be fair seeing as the SPL is, well it’s sh1te tbh!

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Nut meg

    Touch of the old “Denis Wise School of Scouting” there 😀

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #37

    Slank
    So your the bald git who nicked my comb!

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  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #38

    First question
    Is Mike or charn reading this blog?
    Second question
    Are there any girls or women on this blog?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #39

    Slank

    Are you saying we should nail HBA to a perch so that hr isn’t pushing up daisys??? Shocking! 😀

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #40

    Rotonda
    We don’t live in an ideal world, we live in a SD one

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