It was really good news in the Scotsman today, that Newcastle are said to be strong favorites to sign Celtic’s Dutch center-back Virgil van Dijk – we just hope the report is true.
Virgil van Dijk – Newcastle interested
Newcastle have already had one of their best summer transfer windows for a number of years, signing nine players and loaning Nottingham Forest players Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow straight back to their club for a full season of experience in the Championship.
|Siem de Jong||£6M||Ajax|
|Facundo Ferreyra||£1.6M - Season Loan||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Jamaal Lascelles||£4M||Nottingham Forest|
|Karl Darlow||£3M||Nottingham Forest|
And maybe the only weaknesses we now have in the squad are at center-back and we still don’t have a striker who is a guaranteed goalscorer in the Premier League, and while QPR striker Loic Remy would be perfect, it seems he doesn’t want to return to Newcastle.
There’s no doubt the 6′ 4″van Dijk would be a great signing for us, and while the quoted fee of £8M is a lot more than the £2.5M Celtic paid for him just over 12 months ago, it would still be an excellent signing for the club and he’s one for the future, but would challenge immediately for a starting position at the Magpies.
And while Virgil will lose out on the Champions League football he gets north of the border, he would be joining the most popular sports league in the world, and that would certainly help his chances of getting capped by Holland.
Strikers Newcastle could get in over the next 11 days is a good question, and our targets have been Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette who has said he wants to remain at the French club for another year, and maybe Newcastle will go after him again in 12 months time, when he would have one year left on his contract.
Loic Remy is still a (slight) possibility, but if he was to return to Newcastle it would only be because no other big club comes in for him before the end of the window, and he doesn’t seem too keen to return to the Tyneside club, and that’s one reason Newcastle may just not bother.
But there is a very decent chance that Newcastle could do some late business in this transfer window – and a striker and a center-back as good as van Dijk would be great business.
And if we do get a good deal for Cheick Tiote, then Mike Ashley must bring in a replacement before the end of the window – but we have our doubts that will happen.
Newcastle can top off this summer transfer window with two more good players, and it will stand out as one of the best transfers windows for many years at Newcastle.
What do you think?
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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