Impressive Bundesliga Defender Available – Are Newcastle Interested?

There is a report in Sky Sports today that several Premier League clubs are interested in signing 25 year-old Bayer Leverkusen center-back Phillip Wollscheid, who stands just short of 6ft 5ins tall.

Phillip Wollscheid

Phillip Wollscheid – available from Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkursen have announced they are willing to listen to offers for their center-back, and since Newcastle need to strengthen their defense, maybe we are one of the clubs after the defender.

But it could also be we have no interest in the player, and Newcastle are not a club who will sign up a player without doing the necessary long term scouting on him,  so if we haven’t been interested in the player before now, it’s unlikely Newcastle would become interested now.

The German has been capped once at the U20 level for Germany and two times at the full Internationalist level, and while at Leverkursen for the last two seasons, he has played 67 times with three goals, and has looked an unimpressive young defender.

The player himself seems keen to move, and he had this to say:

“I believe the club have discussed a permanent transfer but also a loan option for me at present” “Outside of Germany, the main interest seems to be coming from the English Premier League, but I don’t know yet. We will have to wait and see.”

Sunderland, Hull and Southampton have all been linked with an interest in the player – but not Newcastle.

We suppose the Saints could go in with a very high offer for him, since they have plenty of money to spend after selling a number of their very best players this summer.

Newcastle were linked with Manchester City center-back Micah Richards last night, but nothing more has come of that story today, so the news report could have been (another) false one.

We’d love to see a striker, center-back and creative central midfield player brought in before the end of this transfer window, and it would then be the best transfer window for Newcastle for a number of years.

Newcastle aren’t credited with an interest in this player – at least not at the moment – but he looks a good center-back who adds height at the back, and he’s at the right age too.

What do you think?

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93 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #1


    Asked by the Gazette if he needed another striker, Pardew said: “I don’t think we’re short of anything because if I look at my roster, it’s full up.

    “I actually haven’t got a spare place on the roster. I think, ideally, managers always want more players, and they always want more quality, but I’m not going to bemoan where I’m at.


    “We’ve got good strikers in the building.


    “But I don’t think that in terms of us in the transfer market it’s something we’ve completely given up on.


    “We’re still looking at it and we’ve got our finger on the pulse. We’ve done that very well this summer.”


    Pardew has worked closely with newly-appointed managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr over the past few months.

    “Myself, Lee Charnley and Graham Carr have known about every transfer that’s gone through and been involved in everything that’s in our ability to bring to the football club,” he added.


    United were this week linked with a move for City defender Micah Richards, who is looking to restart his career away from Eastlands.

    But Pardew is adamant that there has been no movement on incomings – or outgoings – in recent days.

    “I don’t want to talk about speculation – that’s all it is,” he said. “We’ve been linked with a number of players. So where do I stop and start with that?

    Fair enough

    “At the moment we’ve a group and they’re all Newcastle players at the moment.

    Get ya

    “There’s no one imminently coming into this building at the moment. If we didn’t get another player in, I ‘d be fine and I’d quite happily attack the season with what we’ve got.”


  • Average_Contents

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #2

    The link for the full article

    They must of sold quite a few ST now

  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Yep lol

    Come October time he’ll be moaning about not replacing Remys goals no doubt

  • G

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Does he look unimpressive ir good Ed! Make yer mind up mate. Loan, with a clause to buy, if he’s bobbins, get shot. Simple

  • Belfast

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Why has Jonas been included on this roster?

    Does he have to be included?

  • londonderry toon

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #6


  • Average_Contents

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Someone asked me about if I’d be happy about de boer and similarities to ajax

    My answer is I’d be happy with FDB and the playing/style ethos he’d undoubtedly try and instill at the club from academy through to first team but not with Ashley here as he wouldn’t have a clue and I very much doubt he’d give someone that much free rein in order to achieve what needed to be done I.e a complete overhaul

    If Ashley were by some miracle to let this happen and actually gave a fcuk about the club and we received a public apology and received ruminations for lost income from advertising and he chopped off his own testicle, his left one to be exact then yes I’d be happy 😉

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #8

    By free rein I obviously meant working under an obese slob who couldn’t give two flying ones aslong as you kept him in the big time and never questioned all….ever!

  • londonderry toon

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #9


  • londonderry toon

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #10

    in last picture pardew looks like hes checking ashs ass out lol BENDER

  • londonderry toon

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #11

    hes telling lee hes a lucking boy as he looks at ashleys ass read the title and look at pic same time LMFAO

  • lesh

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Jeez Average, you’re not asking for much asking for Ashley to give a fcuk about the club and issue a public apology and offer remuneration for lost income from advertising and AND that he chop off his own testicle (got to be his left one!).


  • Average_Contents

    Aug 15, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m hard to please mate 😉

    In all seriousness though if he met requirements 1,2,3,4 and 5 I’d be happy….yes just happy let’s not get carried away 😉

  • lesh

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Well, that’s that. No more signings this summer – we’re full up!

    Now there’s a turn up – they’ve obviously had a two-day brainstorming session to come up with that one. Full up? Pffft!

  • lesh

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Average – you, hard to please?

    No way, not at all. You come across as kindness personified!


  • Average_Contents

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #16

    I am actually very kind thank you just have no time for bullshit and speak my mind is all….a straight shooter if you will lol

    I already posted that earlier numbnuts 😉

  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #17

    hmm this was obvious that we need to ship players on as we have too many pro contract players and not enough numbers to go around ! theres ober/guti/arfa/raylor/saylor/vukic/abied/fergusson/sammy to name a few off the top of my head that we are paying a full time wage for and only a handfull of apps in them all from what i can see but no one wants them hence they keep taking the wages we pay them not to forget marv is still on our books even though he’s out on loan.
    unless there contracts end theres not much we can do to get rid as in he’s done with arfa and guti in telling them to find a new club but if they dont go we wont see anyone else in if they do go maybe we will get micah.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I thought when we brought this Chucky kid in that that was it and we’d the have to sell before we bought anymore. Aren’t we covered in every position now with the question marks more to do with quality rather than depth and balance. If we brought a striker in wouldn’t either Armstrong or one of the established or new strikers go unused. We seem to have too many bodies if anything.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #19

    I agree there’s half a dozen players they’d be very happy to shift, certainly Ashley and probably Pardew too, although that’s probably true of most clubs.

  • croftus5678

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #20

    then if you go front 3 you can add cabella/arfa…maybe even sissoko.

    i also think we have more then enough up front.

    cb is the only place we fall short imo but we need to lose the dead weight if we are to get a class cb in.

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #21

    I’ll just leave this here

    “I’ve nothing to moan about now in terms of what’s happened this summer,” Pardew insisted. “We’ve got a strong squad, perhaps the biggest and best I’ve ever had in terms of options, so we’re in a great position.”

  • manxpie

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #22

    is it safe to come on yet or is it slit ya wrists time still?

    such a depressing blog today

    strange how its since beattie has come back

    we’ve got 7 new 1st teamers who are all hungry and eager to do well here and in the prem

    we’ve got 5 new attackers plus a world cup starring right back and the scums most improved player

    plus the likes of sissko gouff n mbwia have all now had a full season under there belts and got the much needed experience

    we’ve got a few youngsters who look like they could break into the team this season with wat looks like great potential

    and after 3 months of no club footy you’d think that “fans” would be excited for the start of the season wouldn’t ya?

    at least let a ball be kicked 1st!

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #23

    And this

    Having seemingly repaired his fractured relationship with supporters who booed him mercilessly during the final home game of last season, Pardew added: “I’ve been here long enough not to have to play politics with the fans. They know I’m an honest person who works hard to try to achieve success.

    “I have to make tough decisions at this club and I’ll make the ones I think are right to take this us as close as we can to winning something, or to getting us as close as we can to the Champions League, or even into the Champions League.”

  • Dulcinera

    Aug 16, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #24

    I’ve been a member of this blog for about 6 years now but i rarely post, mainly because of the idiots who sorround me on this blog. No wonder most of the premiership fans think newcastle fans are the most deluded in the prem.

    Some of the posters on here think were still in 1996, when we had one of the best teams in the prem. Sorry to burst your bubble but we are now a mid table team at best, simply because we can’t attract top qaulity talent at the moment, i blame freddy shephard for this, buying over- aged useless journeymen for years. you need to realise this. I accept we need to play a better brand of football, but can we please start supporting the team and less of the anti pardew? Ashley has brought in far better quality signings than our previous owners in the past 10 years. Ba, Cabaye, ben arfa, debuchy, de jong, cabella.It’s not his fault the previous regime ruined our club, He has stabilised the club. Yous are all just deluded pricks, wise up. We finished 10th last season and we still managed to sign cabella, de jong, janmaat. what other mid table club can attract those kinna players. we are punching above our wieght at the moment, Wise up you fools

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s interesting how some players won’t move on, when it’s clear they aren’t integral to plans. I suppose a player like Steven Taylor or Obertan or even Benny might argue you’ve offered and sold me on this contract and I’ve signed in good faith believing I was going to figure and now that it hasn’t worked you want rid and it can’t be that easy.

    Against that you’ve got to perform, it’s hard to imagine even they believe they’ve earned their salaries in recent seasons.

    Certainly, the squad and club would benefit if those players could find a new club. I think if I were a player in this situation. I would recognise this and be flexible enough to try and find a way forward. I don’t think I’d want to hang around where I wasn’t wanted or appreciated even at the loss of some income. It’s one of the trickier aspects of shaping a squad it seems to me.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Your not that Dulcinera who was bigging up Xisco a few years ago and shouting your gob off that you had no faith in the coaches who were not going to play him.
    Well looks like they were right and you were wrong. So it looks like you are the fool – you need to change your game – ladies wrestling suggested.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #27

    That’s that then. No more signings this summer. Lol

  • Newcastle for alltid

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #28

    If truth be told, we do have enough strikers. With Cissè, Riviere, Ferreyra as out-and-out strikers, we`ve also got De Jong and Gouffran who can play up front. In addition to those, we`ve got younger players like Pèrez and Armstrong who are pushing, even though Armstrong – like De Jong – is more of a second striker. So we do have enough strikers, the question is if the quality of those we have is good enough. The answer would be to just wait and see. Cissè might rediscover form. The new ones will either surprise us, or end up mediocre players. Simple as that. What`s the point in bringing in a new main striker when you`ve already brought in 2-3 already this summer? Just have them lingering on the bench? Let`s make up our minds concerning them in a couple of months. Pre-season isn`t what we should judge them based on.

    What we would have needed was one or two CB`s, as some of the ones we already have are poor and shaky. If anything, too many of the signings this season have been offensive ones. It won`t matter a things how many goals we get if we let in twice or thrice as many.
    Also we should have brought in a Deep-lying playmaker, or box-to-box rather (Cabaye-style). Pardew often line up in a 4231-formation, where one of the defensive ones is strictly defensive, while the other controls the game with his passing and vision. I see Tiote, Anita and Colback as defensive-minded without too much creativity. Sissoko is too sloppy a passer, Abeid unproven.

    For NUFC, bulding from the back now is more important than getting another striker in. The back four and the two DMs are the ones who get the game going, and creative, goalscoring players further up the pitch won`t be able to do a thing if those 6 are sub-par in the build-up play.

  • Dulcinera

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #29

    Never bigged up xisco at all in my life.. He was usless. Another deluded memory

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #30

    really – pray wait a few moments and I’ll be back with the evidence – will illustrate you are indeed a fool – with a newly revealed trait of being caught out telling porkies on the blog to save face -naughty naughty.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Ah here we are – I rest my case. Please go ladies wrestling awaits you.
    “Dulcinera // Feb 26, 2009 at 1:30 AM

    @ Bassong day, That is the most ridiculous thing i’ve heard in about 2 years. Looking forward to celebrating that holiday when he’s in An Arsenal jersey.

    why wasn’t Xisco giving his chance before this injury and why won’t he whenver he recovers, people say the coaches must not have faith in his ability, i don’t have faith in theirs! Ameobi starting before ANYBODY? i could go dig up a dead body from the grave, rest it in the 12 yard box and be more optimistic of scoring a goal. Give him a god damn chance.

    Also ED saying this brazilian kid we’re spose to be signing is THAT GOOD without probably EVER seeing him play and assuming/hoping XISCO leaves in the summer without barely seeing him play is ridiculous.”

  • the truth will out

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #32

    i hope all the greedy gits who run their contracts down end up on the fcukin dole

  • Dulcinera

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Mister tuff you are indeed. a sad individual. one who clearly lives his life on the internet.The type of sad, boring person who has the time to troll through 6 years of blogging to find an inadequate quote. Xico was never given a chance on tyneside regardless of how usless he was. I stand by my decision to call the coaches usless simply because those same coaches who manages Xisco at that time, are the same that took us to the championship! your point?

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #34

    Very poor response and no argument now -we are not the fools -but you clearly are. I take it “your point? means I have won the argument. Thank you for your early submission -will save me putting you to the sword again.

    I have taken the liberty to supply you with a link to a forum – probably more suited to you – no need for any thanks -consider it a favour.

  • Dulcinera

    Aug 16, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Mister tuff, you a re a fool, you cleatly are a mackem scum pretender, i have never seen such an anti toon supporter try to demoralise his team before the season even starts. Wise up

  • toonicle

    Aug 16, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Hahaha well done Tuff that was a good chuckle.

  • Dulcinera

    Aug 16, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #37

    By the way, why do we have a sexist on this forum? what is wrong with female wrestling? is this not competitive enough for the macho mister tuff? is he stuck in the 60’s? are your morals suddenly postive? wise up? i am sorry for my misspelling at the moment. i am drunk…not drunk enough though to realise that mister tuff is a complete fool…!

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 16, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #38

    What a tool -the argument is well and truly won when the person opposing reverts to unwarranted insults – against the victor.
    How am I macken scum pretender – I first started going to SJP in 1965.
    As for demoralising the team – didn’t know I had done that – but you clearly did slagging off the coaches – and it now appears you have the deluded memory as well as being caught out telling porky pies – liar.
    And on that note I’m am going to retire to my bed -warm in the thought of yet another clot unmasked and put in his place -now begone with you -the ladies wrestling forum awaits you.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #39

    even worse -a drunken fool – begone with your devils brew. You are a tool, nay sir a complete tool.

  • Dulcinera

    Aug 16, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #40

    Toonicle you are a tool. So long as you and mr tuff are supporters, we will always be the joke of the premiership. I realise clicks have been made on this blog over the past few years, but we will remain a mid table club for the next 3-4 years, FACT, some of you think we are entitled to the champions league bcus we were in it 10 years ago. wise up.Times hahve changed, You clearly have not


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