This 23 Year-Old Should Be Newcastle’s Top Defender Target


Newcastle were heavily linked in the summer with a move for 23 year-old Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk,  and with a week to go before the end of the window the Scotsman reported that the Tyneside club were considering a deadline day swoop for the Dutchman.

virgil van dijk

Virgil van Dijk – 23 year-old Dutch defender

It didn’t happen, even though we needed reinforcements in central defense, and then on the last day of the transfer window we made a strange move and sent Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa on loan to Roma, and he signed on for them permanently last month.

Add to that the fact that Steven Taylor is out for the season injured after rupturing his Achilles in the New Year Day’s game against Burnley, and we are now two center-backs short – and we heard this morning that Paul Dummett has picked up a knee injury. 🙁

Lee Charnley has said since the summer that a center-back was lined up to replace Mapou – but the deal fell through at the last moment.

But of course Newcastle still went ahead with the loan move leaving the club exposed at center-back for the season – why didn’t Newcastle pull out?

We’ve been linked with the 6’4″ Dutchman van Dijk since April of 2012 by our records, and Newcastle will likely move for him in the summer.

Even though we have Jamaal Lascelles joining us from Nottingham Forest in the summer, we still need another top class center-back brought in.

One thing that may be worrying Newcastle is that Celtic were reported to want £8M for Virgil,  after they paid only around £2.5M to Groningen in June of 2013.

Van Dijk is an ambitious player and is keen to make the full Dutch squad when the Euro 2016 finals in France come around in 2016, and this is just one reason he wants to move to the Premier League.

Virgil has played 86 times for Celtic with 12 goals, and he has a good knack of scoring goals, and we need more goalscorers at Newcastle – whatever position they play.

We hope this lad is Newcastle’s number one defensive target this summer – he would be an excellent buy for us.

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17 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #1

    anyone would be an upgrade on colo

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  • toonbrother

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #2

    good to see pardew reverting to type a palace
    they’ve been abysmal v liverpool

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  • toon kk

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #3

    There’s no point linking us to players that are out of our scouting abilities never mind price range.

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  • NOVA2967

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Ashely knows what he is doing
    Rangers get promoted with NUFC players and Celtic lose players to NUFC.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #5

    There is going to be competition to sign ‘van Dijk.’ The club does not get into bidding wars for players, so, that rules us out.

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  • curmon

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Just watched Palace v Liverpool, which confirmed what I suspected after watching the Palace toon game on wednesday.

    Pardew has a team of thugs and divers !!

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #7

    lets just get a manager in first

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  • Belfast

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Steve Mcmanaman and his leather gloves

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #9

    what i seen in the pool palace game just confirmwd to me that pardew is killing them like i new he would , defensive and forget how to attack

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #10

    don’t think it will be too long now till palace fans start to realise the total s—e we had to endure.

    I wonder if a certain person can manage a single comment without a derogatory reference to a curly haired defender of s.american persuasion.

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  • Belfast

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Bet ya he bought them from a guy in wetherspoons lol

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #12

    catchy

    i said the other day that poor palace fans have it all to come. they have some good exciting players like gayle, bolasie, puncheon, zaha etc who will all end up as robotic gouffran clones.

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  • martoon

    Feb 14, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Catchy & Rotonda – Good to see the Pardew half time team talk effect – Palace have been dreadful second half!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 14, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Never gonna happen as we have no ambition. We’ll probably go for some unknown French defender like Boumsong!!

    Ashley Out!!

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  • Wobblehog

    Feb 14, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Crikey. His goal ratio is roughly 1 in 7 games. That’s better than most strikers we’ve had in a while. Sign him up

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  • Wobblehog

    Feb 14, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #16

    PS. First post. Been reading for about 6 yrs probably. Hello all.

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  • Sav

    Feb 14, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #17

    If Mashley had backed his scout’s advice and bought van Dijk from Gronigen the increase from 2 million to 8 million would be his profit now instead of Celtic’s.

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