News just in that Southampton have completed the season long loan signing of Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld.
Toby Alderweireld – after completing loan signing
It was reported yesterday morning that Newcastle were in the lead to sign Toby from the Spanish club, but in the afternoon that changed to say that Southampton were near certainties to sign the center-back – as the moved in aggressively.
And Toby was a target of Newcastle’s before he made the move last summer from Ajax to the Spanish club, but wanted more playing time this season, and he was said to be keen on a move to England.
We’ll never really know what went with Toby, but Newcastle have allowed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to move on loan to Roma, and that will get Newcastle about £3M in savings on his wages plus a loan fee for the season.
But now we are left with only three experienced center-backs at the club – and center-back was already a bit of a weakness in the back four. 🙁
When will the team take priority over money at Newcastle?
We will never be able to build a top side at Newcastle until that happens.
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