Newcastle Defensive Target Ready To Move This Summer

Newcastle United have been interested in Dutch center-back Virgil van Dijk for three years now,  and were linked with him while he was still at Groningen in Holland, before he signed on at Celtic just less than two years ago in the summer of 2013.

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Virgil van Dijk – looking at a move this summer

With Maybe as many as three center-backs leaving Newcastle this summer – Williamson, Steven Taylor and Coloccini – Newcastle will need to bring in at least two new center-backs over the summer – and who they are will depend on whether we are still a Premier League side at the end of the season.

There was news in late August that Newcastle were close to signing Virgil van Dijk and we had let Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leave for Roma on the last day of the transfer window.

Managing Director  Lee Charnley weakly said that we had somebody lined up to replace Mapou, but the deal couldn’t be completed in time, and it was thought that was Virgil van Dijk but why didn’t we try to sign him in January?

Van Dijk has hinted on Dutch radio station Omroep Brabant that he wants a move this summer:

“Celtic are a great club with a fantastic stadium and the fans are great but the competition is not too good.” “I want to develop. If the opportunity is there, I would definitely consider a transfer.”

“But maybe there will be nothing.”  (that’s code for come and get me)  “I want to develop. If the opportunity is there, I would definitely consider a transfer. But maybe there will be nothing.”

“We were in all competitions after the winter break and that’s something Celtic always strive for.” “Unfortunately, we did not win all the cups and we were eliminated by Inter Milan in the Europa League.”

“That’s a shame but apart from that it was a successful season.”

That’s a problem Celtic will always have – they are a great club with a fantastic history and were the first British club to win the European Cup back in 1967 with a 2-1 win over Inter-Milan with one of the great managers – Jock Stein –  and that was a year before Manchester United won it.

Celtic were losing 1-0 after seven minutes but scored two goals in the last 30 minutes through Stevie Chalmers (63) and Tommy Gemmell (84) to win it.

But the standard of football is not good north of the border these days, and the top players will always be attracted to play in the Premier League.

Celtic paid around £2.5M for Virgil and they could get anywhere from £8M to £10M for him in the summer, with Sunderland also said to be interested.

And with Dick Advocaat the Dutch coach in charge of the Black Cats now – and likely to get a contract extension at the end of the season – that could put Sunderland as favorites to sign the 23 year-old in the summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

114 comments so far

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 12, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1

    need a sign at the gate saying, ” abandon hope, all who enter here”

  • bettyswallocks

    May 12, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Signing players are the least of our worries at the moment.

    Avoiding relegation and getting Fatso out are the pressing issues.

    Nobody cares about speculating who we-might or might not buy next season , it all hinges on Ashley and that means if we survive relegation ,so he can decide what bare minimum investment he can get away with.

  • Pokat

    May 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Chim chiminy
    Chim chiminy
    Chim Chim cherooo

    Oh that’s not him is it?

  • Pokat

    May 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Thetes always that lad in that cupboard in Jesmond I keep hearing about. I agree though talk of transfers and managers is for later right now the scum are looking at us in the rear view mirror

  • optimistic prime

    May 12, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #5
  • JP...from The Rock

    May 12, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    I think it’s a bit premature to talk of players and managers we will sign and all that when our Premier League Status is in serious jeopardy and we have much more chance going down than we have staying up.

  • optimistic prime

    May 12, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7
  • JP...from The Rock

    May 12, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    OP- very interesting and shows how inept Pardew was to constantly distance our two most creative players from the team in HBA and Marveaux.

    Twat of a manager that must be pushed off his high horse as he’s never coming off it on his own. Very similar to Carver who unlucky for us is just even worse!

  • Toon Tang

    May 12, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    I bet he’s listening to Engelbert Humperdinck…

  • optimistic prime

    May 12, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #10


    Very interesting for a player to say he’s blacklisted, or strange depending how you look at it.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 12, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #11

    OP- It’s clear Pardew had his favourites and not for footballing reasons. A good manager must pick a team that is in it together and one that is clearly talented and able to WIN matches. Pardew just picked his pals from the dressing room like the ‘great’ Strolla Ameobi.

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ll post the link for the full article in a minute

    One Geordie here in Dubai has links to a family that he is adamant did indeed try to buy the club and it nearly went through. I’ve seen the papers and the offer letter, signed by a former MD. It went totally under the radar but failed once negotiations proper started.

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #13
  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Not the first time it’s failed at the negotiations stage.

    Far too greedy the fat twat.

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Anyone see that tumbleweed….

  • Ibizatoon

    May 12, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #16

    AC…What I am wondering is at what stage do people stop thinking he will change. It’s the same each and every year.

    We’ve learned this, we’ve learned that.

    Only the bank balance has improved.

    The writer hits a great point on fear. At what point do we take our chances, see what can happen? I don’t see anyone enjoying this club under Ashley anymore, very few who have any faith in what Ashley can achieve here.

    What are we afraid of. I’m afriad of this acceptance.

  • Ibizatoon

    May 12, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    or afraid…. 🙂

  • lesh

    May 12, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #18

    As long as Carver’s HC, we’ve got more chance of signing Vincent van Gogh!


    Rather than Shyte Direct. Com how about Shyte Direct. CON?

    Just a thought

  • WLtoon

    May 12, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #19

    We,ve got more chance of signing Dick Van Dycke than Virgil

  • bettyswallocks

    May 12, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #20


    Like it. If we can get people ridiculing it as a brand and it becoming unfashionable and embarrassing to shop there, then we’re away.

    Eg. Where did you get them trainers? Shyte Direct.Con?

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #21


    Acceptance is why he bought us in a sense – knowing the fans would accept anything on the premise they get to see a football team kitted out in black and white stripes, unperturbed by the goings on at the club.

    That’s explotation of fans in it’s most basic of forms.

    Now though more and more are beginning to see. They’ve finally opened their eyes and I don’t just mean us fans, the media be it nationwide or worldwide, the pundits who all thought we expected unrealistic aims are starting to understand why we want him out.

  • BoyDoneGood

    May 12, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #22


    “I think it’s a bit premature to talk of players and managers we will sign and all that when our Premier League Status is in serious jeopardy and we have much more chance going down than we have staying up.”

    Better bet the farm on relegation then – you can still get 6 or 7 to 1 against.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 12, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s visible for anyone, even people who are not Newcastle supporters that on one side we as a fan-base have been taken advantage of by Ashley but on the other hand we have also let him!

    There might be different reasons for this, but as long as we keep accepting the crap he throws our way he’ll just keep doing it.

    It’s been 8 years and we are nowhere.

    I have said me peace on this…sadly to deaf ears more or less

  • Slank

    May 12, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #24

    AC @ 12

    The writer from UAE goes on to say that it is unlikely anyone from the area would buy Newcastle for a number of reasons one of which was the demonstrations by Toon fans being seen very negatively and off putting.

    A reply from someone with a far greater exposure to and knowledge of the area has belittled almost everything that the writer has said.

  • lesh

    May 12, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s probably JFK that’s put off hiring ‘foreigners’, Kinnear being a name of Scottish origin.

    Carver though is an English name!

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #26


    Yes he said that. He also said the media are bringing to attention WHY that is happening. More and more are finally seeing what we’ve been aware of for 7+ years.

    As for a local person belittling the writer. Isn’t that what happens when pieces are published. Was it you?

  • Slank

    May 12, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #27


    No it wasn’t me.

    Been to Dubai quite a few times, usually in transit to somewhere better with nicer people.

    The big barrier, as the writer quite rightly point out, is the Fair Play Rules which has forced Chelsea and Man City to change the way they recruit players.

  • hibbit

    May 12, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #28

    how does any one know who’s top of are transfer list ….does any one know if we even have a transfer list…NO

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #29


    Are you sure 😉

    On the other side of the coin, they’ve managed to flaunt those same ffp rules to an extent. Nothing so glaringly obvious so much so that the relevant authorities could do anything about it.

    Such cases as Man Citeh receiving £300 for the stadium naming rights.

    They knew, the authorities knew, the footballing world knew but they couldn’t prove the sponsor had overpaid. The sponsor being owned by the same person who owns Citeh itself.

    They got sanctioned because of losses. Those losses are now being offset by mega deal sponsors.

    Chelsea on the other hand now have to buy players for decent amounts and because of their worldwide brand are able to push up that players price when it comes to selling.

    Two examples being de bryne who hardly played and lukaku who never as far as I’m aware.

    They were Chelsea players regardless of how many appearances they made so on that premise they were good. They receive silly amounts for sometimes average players thus are able to spend that silly money on the limes likes of matic and fibreglass.

    A bit like when manure players get picked for England regardless of form or ability – because they play for manure.

  • optimistic prime

    May 12, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d buy that for a dollar

  • GeordieTwo

    May 12, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Just having another look at the players in the squad. What does Lee (The Club Genius) Charnley do again? Sort out Marveaux (loan out), Santon (loan out), and Fererrya (loan in) straight away. Then sort out Sammy (contract expires June 30), Jonas (same), Alnwick (same), Streete (same), Campbell (same), Raylor (same), and Satka (same). How many of those to re-sign? Not many I hope. Then sort out Obertan (release him), Tiote (sell him), and Gouffran (sell him). Then get stuck in and buy 2 good CB’s, 2 wingers, and 2 strikers. Otherwise piss off Charnley.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 12, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #32

    BoyDoneGood – I just might at least I can get something in return to soften the blow of relegation. This has been a horror season by all accounts and it’s all thanks to the fat one that has all of us fans divided. If we stay up and I lose money I will be very relieved but I will forever hate Ashley for what he’s made us go through these past 7-8 years. I will only start to forgive him if he showed true ambition by doing things right and starting by appointing a proper manager and proper players- but we all know that will never happen.



  • Bambams

    May 12, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #33

    It has been suggested via the training ground if we stay up Carver will get a two year deal.

    This actually makes sense, he will be better paid and it would probably be cheaper to sack him on a two year contract than his current eight year one (five left ?)
    This is just a rumour we have from a ‘friend’. Don’t ask, it’s up to you the same as myself whether you wish to believe or not.

    They know nothing about transfers, they have said this all along it is so tightly guarded.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 12, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #34

    In other words do your job properly or piss off Charnley.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 12, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #35

    We’re going to find out how truly incompetent Charnley is this summer. We will once again begin a new season with a threadbare squad. There will be some new faces in and some old ones out but the squad will be threadbare and we will stagger through the second half of the season again as usual.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 12, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #36

    So despite this Sydney Sam fella being sacked for whatever reason people still want him because he’s free, what has this Ashley regime done to people.

  • armchair fan

    May 12, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Predictions on the Bayern Barca game?

  • welshgeordie9

    May 12, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #38

    What was the main topic this morning, bitching about welshie.

    Tut tut tut

  • lochinvar

    May 12, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Sam Allardyce will leave West Ham this summer possibly to join Fulham.
    That would leave an opportunity for John Carver to further his career and be closer to his mentor Alan Pardew.
    They could even cozy up on Saturday nights for a nice glass of sparking wine.
    “Lovely jubbly” as they say down there.
    That would be something to behold.

  • lochinvar

    May 12, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Regarding accolades for our illustrious leader’s business empire:

    Sports Direct( or variants ) – the shell suit retailer of the year


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