Celtic Defeat Leaves Big Opportunity For Newcastle

Celtic did not play well at Murrayfield last night in the second round of their Champions League qualifying round against Polish club Legia Warsaw, and they were beaten 2-0 and lost on aggregate 6-1.


Virgil van Dijk – available for £8M

So Celtic are out of the Champions League at the first hurdle, and that could mean Newcastle United could be in with a decent chance of signing center-back target Virgil van Dijk, who was a target of ours two years ago, but the 23 year-old moved to Celtic last summer from Groningen for £2.6M.

And there has been news this week that Newcastle have been quoted a fee of £8M from Celtic to sign the Netherlands U21 player, who stands 6ft 4ins tall.

Newcastle tried to strengthen their central defense last summer when Derek LLambias had Douglas from FC Twente all ready to sign – but then Joe Kinnear was appointed the Director of Football and he nullified the deal, which caused Derek to immediately resign.

Joe was sacked in early February and Lee Charnley has become the Managing Director, and let’s just say that Lee doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet.

Charnley has already brought in seven players so far this summer, to the delight of Alan Pardew, and with those two Nottingham Forest defenders – Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles – still to be announced – but it looks like that deal will be done – so that will be nine players so far this summer.

£8M for a player that cost only £2.6M twelve months ago may seem a lot of money, but we are hoping Newcastle will move in and get this deal done, because one weakness that is plain to see in this pre-season is our defense – and we conceded 59 goals in the Premier League last season, and a worst ever 68 goals in the previous season.

So it would be a terrific signing if Lee and the recruitment team can get Virgil to Tyneside.

Go for it.

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21 comments so far

  • ToonRich

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    I dont think he’ll be going anywhere for 8m now Celtic havent qualified for the CL.
    We should make our usual cheeky starting bid, lets test them at 4m?!

  • Sliema

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think the club actually realise the immediate CB issue we have. Don’t ask me how, it’s blatantly obviously our worst position. But meh.

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #3

    The winning team for this little comp we are having:

    GK – Asmir Begovic
    DEF – Ivanovic, Kompany, Lovren, Baines
    MID – Lamela, Kagawa, Van Ginkel, Besic
    FWD – Jovetic, Costa

    SUB – Schmeichel, Vermalen, De Jong, Giroud

    Team name – Des Hamilton FC

  • barkel

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #4

    From what I’ve read we have a 25% sell on clause on Forster and he’s supposedly an £8mil fee to Southampton, I would imagine the club would use that when negotiating. Don’t know how true that is but around the £6mil mark would be a very good price

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5


    I agree.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6


    Your correct, but it was more through silly carry on rather than a fall out. Pardew doesnt mind aggression on the pitch(or on the touch line in his case 😀 ) . Either way it would be a very interesting episode at NUFC.

    Pardew and balotelli’s antics aside…. I would LOVE to see him banging goals in for the toon. Dream on lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Non starter, as I said Mashers wants to be the one to buy for 2.75M and sell for 8M, he certainly wont let a leaky defence get in the way of profit.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8


    Des Hamilton FC 😀

    love it. If newcastle ever had a list called “NUFC WTF? Players”…. he is easily in the top 5 😀

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9


    I would agree with that. Unless Van Dijk looks like he could be a £20 million player in the future (which I don’t think he does) then he won’t come our way.

    Also we won’t sign another CB (first team one) until one of our current ones leave.

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10


    It was between him and Carl Serrant.

  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #11


    Good point. I would think that as Celtic would owe us around £2m (assuming Forster is going for £8m) then we could easily knock them down to £6m for starters. And go from there i guess.
    Double what they paid for him? Which would be £5.2m

    To be honest we need to get aqnother centre half in. Doesnt matter if they failed to move Mbiwa or not.

    Fingers crossed they agree, and give him the number 5 shirt.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #12


    You could have gone for Andreas Anderson Athletic

  • Sliema

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    My team

    De Gea, Lloris
    Rangel, Flanagan, Janmaat, Chambers, Luis
    Lamela, De Jong, Coutinho, Barkley, Hazard
    Remy, Rivière, Lukaku

    I’m pretty pleased with that! 😀

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t know this guy, but I’d like to know how much he contributed to being a 6-1 aggregate loser.

    CB is a problem which may be because Colo is asked to cover Willo and the LB more than what is normal. Making that decision is tough, but one does not buy just to buy.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #15


    I think Lamela will do the damage this year, Kagawa is surplus to requirements, Ginkel won’t get a look in with Fabregas, the rest look good though

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #16

    NUFC WTF? Team:

    GK – Lionel Perez
    DEF – Laurent Charvet, Marcelino, Cacapa, Carl Serrant
    MID – Stephen Glass, Abadoulaye Faye, Silvio Maric, Des Hamilton
    FWD – Andreas Andersson, Stéphane Guivarc’h

  • Our Toon

    Aug 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Dejan Lovren once played for a team that lost 8-1 on aggregate to another side….few years later he signed for Liverpool for 20m

    Vidic joined man utd from a team that conceded a lot of goals

    I don’t why it matters how much the team conceded, surely it’s more about the individual and if he made errors etc.

  • xX-Wardle-Xx

    Aug 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I think we should go for him for sure, he is only young and if he was to play with and learn from Colo he could become a great asset, and then the new lad from Forrest would be a great addition for next season too and in another 2 years or so we could have a solid CB combination, obviously depending on injuries and other signings 🙂


    Aug 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I like the look of him, he’s big and quick and better than Saylor and Willow. If we can bring him and the right striker we could seriously push some of the big boys next season and definitely compete against Everton/Spurs for the top 6.

    If he comes in I think Saylor of MYM leaves the club. I hope it’s Saylor.

  • nufcalex

    Aug 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Sign a defender who has played apart in 6-1 aggregate mauling, rather not sign him, get 15mill striker instead.

  • xX-Wardle-Xx

    Aug 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #21

    You can’t pin a 6-1 agg loss just on one defender, he is a good player in a poor team & league so imagine what he would be like playing along side other decent defenders.. He’s still young so has a lot of potential!


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