This Could Be First Signing For Newcastle This Summer


If Newcastle can get through what has been another very tough season for fans, we may be able to look forward to a good summer transfer window for the club, when a number of fringe players will leave Newcastle and hopefully we will get some very good players coming in.

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Virgil van Dijk – would be good signing for Newcastle

Center-back is a problem area for Newcastle, and we may even see some of our center-backs leave in the summer, and they could include Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini – both of whom will have only one year left on their contracts this June.

We do have Jamaal Lascelles coming into the first team this summer, along with goalkeeper Karl Darlow, and both are good young players, with Lascelles by no way yet the finished product, and there is a  decent chance that Paul Dummett can be converted into a very good center-back for the Magpies over time.

There was news towards the end of last summer’s transfer window in The Scotsman, that Newcastle were close to signing Celtic 6’4″ center-back Virgil van Dijk, who we had been interested in while he was still at Groningen back in 2012.

Virgil moved in the summer of 2013 from Groningen for £2.5M, but it’s likely that Celtic will want around £8M for the promising young Dutch defender, who is still only 23, and has played very well at Celtic and seems ready to move south to the English Premier League.

It’s likely other English clubs could be interested in the young defender with Swansea and Southampton said to be interested last summer – and in the past couple of years both have outbid Newcastle to get players on board at their ambitious clubs.

If Newcastle were close to a deal last August, then we would hope Newcastle can follow up now and try to get a deal sorted out for the young Dutchman, who will only improve on Tyneside.

While at Celtic, Virgil has so far played 99 times with 13 goals for the Scottish giants, so he is also a threat from set-plays – something Newcastle haven’t been good at for a few seasons now.

Virgil looks a good player and could be an excellent first signing for Newcastle this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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38 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed…why the fcuk would a player of his calibre come to newcastle???

    fcuk off with this constant dribble about who we’re not gonna sign and get behind the boycott

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #2

    AO.com already have a Instagram account, I’ll send my pics there unless the blog sorts something similar.

    They have no posts yet but I’ll assume it was set up for protest pics etc

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  • sparky55

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #3

    …and make sure you post lots of images of the lads feeding the ducks, playing footy and the bars that offer cheap drinks for those season ticket holders who will watch the game in the pub rather than in the ground…it’s important and you should be unbiased in your reporting…not crawling up ashley arse!

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Have you a link for the OP?

    It would save some time.

    No need to reinvent the wheel.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #5

    BandB

    I’ll give it a go

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  • Slank

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed, I would like to see a moratorium on all these articles you publish about who might or might not come to Newcastle.

    Start it again when the transfer window opens.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #7
  • Average_Contents

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Their (AO) instagram account sounds like a good idea. It saves the fuss of setting up individual accounts or posting links. Just upload then hopefully they’ll sort it into one big mosaic which can be added too all the time and it’s easier for the local and national press to get hold of.

    I might message them asking about it.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #9

    BandB

    I can’t seem to send a link
    If you’re on Instagram it’s

    AO.COM or ASHLEY OUT DOT COM

    Comes up straight away, I beleive there’s a link on AO.com

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza

    Cheers, unless it’s cut and paste I’m useless

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  • midweek weekend

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #11

    cnn folks, our plight has made international news

    a good read

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/17/football/football-newcastle-united-zombie/

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #12

    OP…No problem. Well thought in the first place.

    Beats my idea of distributing thousands of etch a skecthes 😉

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Slank

    Send in your protest pix!

    I’ve always wanted to see your house….

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Midweek… Yes!

    “But it’s not Newcastle United’s inability to end an exhaustive wait for silverware that is troubling a sizeable chunk of its supporters.

    Its billionaire British owner has seemingly perfected a method for squeezing every last cent out of a club that made a $28 million profit for 2013/14, while appearing content to let it tread water in sporting terms.”

    People are getting it! At last.

    Be proud people. We are united.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #15

    slank ed’s only picking up on stories that are doing the rounds just let him get on with it he’s in his own little world and not in touch with the fans feelings way off the pace

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  • Pokat

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Aye think of all the new friends waiting for you there haha

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  • sparky55

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    apart from ED of course who still refers to the AO movement as the “crew”

    you’re supposed to be an unbiased blog site so at least climb back onto the fence from Ashleys back garden and discuss whats happening rather than make up some more stupid stories about who were gonna sign FFS

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  • Pokat

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Who’s this van dike anyway never heard of him how come we’ve never been linked to him before? Um hang on wait hehe

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  • Pokat

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye someone tell Ed Charlton walked lol

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  • sparky55

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #20

    I wonder if charnley has ed’s e-mail and tells him what to post to make us believe we might actually sign someone and that the AO crew movement is a just a silly waste time

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #21
  • Pokat

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #22

    But keegans signing for us, he’ll be a manager one day mark my words

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  • sparky55

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #23

    love this headline just put up on newsnow…

    “Newcastle plan to spend large chunk of the transfer kitty on goals”

    Maybe Ashleys investing in some technology that when an opposing player takes a shot our goal posts move out the way and when we take a shot the goal posts extend out to the corner flag!

    Love it!

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #24

    If you want your pics of the protest to go on the AO Instagram when you post a pic add #BoycottSpurs to each one.

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  • Pokat

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #25

    I would like to see this protest work but the vast majority of people are turning up at the games not even aware of what’s going on or don’t care enough I think anyway. That Liverpool editors article sounded about right we’ve lost the will to live shoot us now here’s me wallet mike lol

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Just installed instagram and followed AshleyOut.com so I’m all ready for Sunday

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  • Pokat

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Sorry if I ruined anyone’s chips there btw

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #28

    #boycottspurs on Instagram already had over a 100 pics, check em out.

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  • BandB

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Thanks for the guidance and help everyone.

    It has hurried things along in a very short space of time.

    There will be a idiot’s guide (one written by idiot’s) by 7pm for those who want to take part. She says, hopefully.

    I think it is the most positive thing this blog has ever tried.

    If it isn’t perfect, remember it can’t be ideal for everyone.

    If it’s just WRONG, tell me and it will be put right.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #30

    BandB

    Thank you in advance

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh no. Not one of those dreaded timescale thingymabobs 😉

    Remember the last time someone tried that? All will be revealed at 12am lol.

    Only joking BandB. Good choice of time I’ll admit. The wums are usually on at 8pm.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #32

    AC…That was Beattie and one of my favourite ever blog moments.

    Still makes me roar with laughter.

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  • Charlietoon

    Apr 17, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #33

    It really is friggin hilarious when you think about it. Owner who does not give a crap and our favourite blogger just inciting things. Calling for a boycott on the game and at the same time asking Ed to stop posting these rubbish, conjured from nothing, posts. Why not just boycott those posts. Much like Ashley not getting bums on seats maybe if these blog posts got far less traffic he would do them far less often.

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  • Clematis

    Apr 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Sick of hearing about this player. We will not sign Van Dijk for the following reasons:

    (1) He would cost more than nothing, which excludes him from our transfer policy;

    (2) He doesn’t want to play for us;

    (3) He is sh*t. I mean, like, really sh*t.

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  • kakaobi

    Apr 17, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Any season ticket holders on here going to boycott the game

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 17, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #36

    He can talk Dutch to Krul and Jannmatt – could only improve the defence !

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  • Lager_arm

    Apr 17, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Watched him play for celtic a few times defensively he’s used to playing against northern league standard, nowhere near good enough for the premier league, shite

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Apr 18, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #38

    @37:

    Virgil van Dijk is not a Shite Player, when have you seen him play to justify such a comment? You are totally wrong !!!

    I hardly ever use this Blog these days, and don,t need to Boycott any games after having been an Expat living in Holland for almost 30 years now !

    It is because of where i live that i am able boast a bit more knowledge about The Dutch League and a lot of the clubs / Players across here!

    Basically, we should of bought this player in 2013 when we could of signed him for just a bit more than the 2,5 Mil Celtic paid for him. But with our penny pinching Transfer Policy and the Crass stupidity of our Owner we did,nt !

    We could of also got Wilfred Boney when he was an unknown playing for Arnhem Vitesse, but we did,nt, Lord knows how much time i spent SCREAMING on here for us to sign him!

    I first watched Virgil van Dijk as a youth player at a youth Tournemant, he was playing for a Groningen Youth Team at the time and you could see straight away that he was going to be a damn good player, even back then, he was just turned 15 years old at that time.

    I have had my say on here now and, not for the first time, am amazed at the Total Stupidity of some of the people using this Blog !

    I support the Boycott for tomorrrow but don,t really think it will achieve anything, but heh, Good Luck Lads, maybe the message will get across to the rest of the Footballing Community !

    There are rumours, across here in Holland that Frank de Boer is in Manchester in talks to become Manchester City,s next Manager? Not sure if this is true, but this would,nt surprise me !

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