Newcastle Linked With German World Cup Star


German magazine SportBild has mentioned two clubs who could be interested in German International defender Benedikt Howedes, and one of them is Newcastle United, and we need to strengthen in a lot of areas in the summer, including the back four, but in particular at center-back.

Benedikt Howedes

Benedikt Howedes – 32 times capped German International

Tottenham are the other club mentioned in the report, and it’s known that Newcastle have been scouting the Bundesliga for players to recruit in the summer, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if Newcastle do sign a few players from Germany.

The player turned 27 in February, and has been at Schalke 04 since 2001 and has come through their youth system and played for all the German Youth sides.

Benedikt was one of only three players to play every minute of the World Cup tournament in Brazil, when Germany won the final 1-0 against Argentina after extra time.

The transfer fee is said to be around £15M and that would be the highest fee Newcastle have paid for a player since we signed Alan Shearer way back in 1996, and the German Intenrational’s wages would also be high – and Newcastle don’t usually like to pay out big wages.

However, SportBild are suggesting that clubs like Newcastle United now have the financial capacity with the new massive Premier League TV deal to be serious contenders for top players in Germany.

And of course we did make £18.7M profit in the last financial year, and will be making big money over the next four years of the huge Premier League TV deals that have been negotiated.

It’s hardly surprising that Schalke are in negotiations with the player to keep him at the club, but they have not yet been successful in getting a new deal signed, and the player’s contract will have only one year to run in the summer.

But it would take big money from Newcastle to persuade Howedes to try his luck on Tyneside, and we don’t exactly have a good track record of paying out big money under Billionaire owner Mike Ashley, who runs Newcastle under tight financial controls.

The other problem Newcastle have is we have been in European competition only once in the last eight years,  and Benedikt is used to playing in Europe, as most other top European players are.

However, on the positive side of things it would be great if we are really after this player,  but our poor performance in the league over the last two years will hardly help us to attract top players to Newcastle this summer.

Höwedes made his Schalke debut in the Champions League in October 2007 when he was only 19, and since then has played 189 times for his club with 10 goals and 6 assists.

In May 2011, he made his debut for the full German National side in a friendly against Uruguay when he was 23, and has been a regular ever since.

The 6’2″ center-back is a top player and well suited to the English Premier League,  and while we hope Newcastle are after him, it’s going to be difficult to sign him in the summer if some top clubs come after him.

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16 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Next topic ED.

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  • firebug666

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #2

    he he he he yer fusker,

    When they say scouting in Germany, it’s more likely to be the youth we are looking at. Top players and Newcastle are two words that just do not go together anymore.

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Haha – Ed smoking skunk if he thinks this will ever happen

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Maybe he is good , but has he got the deoxyribonucleic acid ? That’s the question .

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  • firebug666

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Have they checked his DNA?

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  • mindshaft

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Come on Ed, you saw what it did to Jon Snow …. I know times are tough at toon but let’s not go down the road of the hard stuff

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  • firebug666

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Their is one way we could snatch a result tonight;

    Send Carver and Stone back to the golf club for some peaceful and quite time, while the players go off to Anfield for the game and maybe snatch a result.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #8

    I read the original article when this lads name was mentioned with NUFC yesterday.

    We weren’t linked!

    The author was talking about how the tv money going up would enable smaller/lesser clubs to be able to afford this lads fee, plus the wages he could get would be better than in Germany.

    He was making a point that Germany’s league may lose a lot of top players to the EPL.

    The author used NUFC as a example of a smaller club for who he could sign for instead of one of Germany’s big boys.

    Definatley nothing to see here, the author forgot who controls the purse strings at NUFC.

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  • firebug666

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #9

    prime

    Not really bothered anyway mate, he just doesn’t have the right DNA to be joining our club.

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Prime . Ahh . Why’s your name optimistic ??

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Just had a thought . Sack Carr , and hire Scotland yard , maybe they can sort some players out . Worth a punt !

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Stuart

    Don’t shoot the messenger, he could have said any club. Bit of stretch to say we’re linked.

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  • firebug666

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #13

    stuart no9

    Get MI6 in there, their agents are licensed to kill, surly that would help negotiations to go a lot smoother.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 13, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Good morning all,

    That Carver “DNA” article was a decent morning laugh.

    “When it comes to the derby…” What about the rest of the games then? Stop mugging us off.

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  • Sivarese

    Apr 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Pull the other one.

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  • vipgreek

    Apr 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Lol articles like this burn me bad we are a embarassment , Under Ashley we will struggle to stay in the premier league next season , since this season we are going to lose sissoko,tiote and who knows who else plus players like howedes woulld prefer to go and sign for clubs in the Championship who have more ambition then Newcastle

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