Newcastle were linked with 21 year-old 6’5″ tall (it’s those hamburgers) Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings in January, but Mick McCarthy was able to hold on to one of his top youngsters, at least through the end of the season.
Tyrone Mings – 6’5″ Ipswich Town defender
Mings can play at left back or center-back and he has also played on the left wing, but maybe because of his height he could be made into a top center-back as he matures, and of course Newcastle need strengthening at center-back.
We are not very strong in that position at the moment.
We expect (maybe hope is a better word) Newcastle will bring in some new players in the summer, since we didn’t strengthen in January, and it seems we will lose Davide Santon to Inter-Milan in the summer, and have already sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma for £5.5M – so we will have to bring in some new defenders.
We are also short of a central midfield creative player and short of experienced strikers – so we could see as many as five new players brought in over the summer, when we should also have a new head coach.
Tyrone is one of the top young English players around at the moment, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made it clear in December that the 21 year-old is on the Arsenal radar scree.
If that’s true, there cannot be much hope that Newcastle can sign the youngster, who is worth around £8M.
Manchester United and Everton are also said to be interested in the young Englishman – and Crystal Palace offered £3M for Mings on the last day of the summer transfer window last year.
Mings signed a new three year deal at Ipswich in late summer, which keeps him under contract at the East Anglia club until 2017, and he’s so far played 49 times for Ipswich with 7 assists, and has made 30 first team appearances this season.
We are hoping that Newcastle’s interest in the 6’5″ powerhouse is true, and he would be a top acquisition for the Tyneside club in the summer.
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