It was revealed at the Fans Forum early last week that Newcastle had a central defender lined up as a replacement for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – but because the loan deal to Roma took so long for the Frenchman – that second deal couldn’t be completed – and at the moment Newcastle have just three experienced central defenders in the squad.
Virgil van Dijk Celtic center-back
We looked back on what was being reported in the last week of the summer transfer window, and there were a number of reports north of the border that Newcastle were close to signing Virgil van Dijk of Celtic – and one such report was in the Scotsman.
Virgil was a Newcastle target before he moved in the summer of last year to Celtic from Groningen for just £2.5M, and it seems that Celtic’s price for him is now around £8M, after the Dutch defender had a great first season at Celtic.
The Scotsman report was that Newcastle were considering a deadline day swoop for the Dutchman, so that’s consistent with what was said in the Fans’ Forum meeting – but we couldn’t get the deal done.
It would make a lot of sense to bring in a young center-back with the massive potential that Virgil has shown at Celtic, and if we can do the deal in January that would be great.
And there’s no reason why Newcastle couldn’t have followed up with Celtic in September, and even arranged for the deal to be completed in early January.
Money is still available at Newcastle, since we have spent only about £3M net on players this year, and when the financial report is issued maybe early next year for the last financial year through June 30th, it will be record revenues and record profits.
Virgil has played 65 times with 7 goals for Celtic since signing on for the Scottish giants last year.
But one thing that may see Celtic resist letting their 23 year-old center-back leave in January, is that at the moment they are only 4th in the Scottish Premier League under new manager Ronny Deila – and are 3 points behind Hamilton at the top, followed by Inverness CT and Dundee United.
But we do expect Newcastle to bring in some players in January to strengthen the squad, and Virgil could be one of the reinforcements.
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