Newcastle In For Long Term Center-Back Target


In January of 2102 Newcastle were first linked with 6’4″ center-back Lewis Dunk of Brighton & Hove Albion, his home town club, and Newcastle continued that interest in Dunk, and even last October we were linked with the central defender.

The Mirror is now reporting that Newcastle are again interested in the defender, who is now 23 year-old and played 44 times for Brighton last season with 7 goals and 2 assists.

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23 year-old Lewis Dunk – interested in defender since 2012

We’ve noticed when Graham Carr scouts a player he doesn’t give up on them if he believes they are still right for Newcastle, so it may not be too surprising that we are still in for Dunk, who has played 111 times for Brighton since he made his debut back in April of 2010 in the 0–0 draw at Milton Keynes Dons.

At the time Lewis was just 18.

Last October then Brighton manager Sami Hyypia said this about Dunk when told of possible Newcastle interest:

“I’m very happy that he is playing well and he has been a very important player for us.”  “I would be surprised if the interest wasn’t there, but I hope he stays here and keeps playing like he’s playing. It’s very important you keep your best players.”

“I know it’s not always easy to do that and the players sometimes have different ideas or goals they want to achieve, but we are trying to do everything we can to keep the best players here.”

Dunk certainly fits the bill for players Newcastle like to sign – and he’s at the right age and looks a very promising player, who will only get better if Newcastle sign him.

It just so happens that Steve McClaren has also been interested in the big central defender while he was at Derby County, and perhaps there’s been a meeting of the minds  between Graham Carr and Steve McClaren.

That could mean Newcastle will make a determined attempt to sign the tall 23 year-old.

Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton took over from Hyypia at the end of last year, and he did a good job of tightening the Brighton defense and they conceded only 54 goals in spite of finishing 5th bottom of the league table.

That was the 5th best goals against record of the 24 teams in the Championship last season, so if only Chris Hughton can get them scoring some goals next season they may be in business.

Lewis was a major figure in Brighton’s defense last season and valued at around £5M and may be the young center-back that Newcastle need to sign this summer.

We would prefer that Newcastle go after our center-back target of last summer – 23 year-old Dutch U21 International Virgil van Dijk. – and it could be that Lewis Dunk is a cheaper alternative to Virgil.

The Dutch International could cost as much as £10M from Celtic.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note: We’ve had a couple of hot days in Raleigh – yesterday it was 98 degrees and today we topped 100 degrees.



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161 comments so far

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Soccer Sauce have never been reliable just the same old every season – I’m still waiting for PEA to come considering it was Soccer Sauce who said he was at Newcastle in talks over transfer

    ( He wasn’t even approached nor has he ever came to Newcastle )

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Sami…We don’t have that problem at NUFC anymore.

    Must be awful to have players who “sometimes have different ideas or goals they want to achieve”.

    Who knows, we may even beat Brighton next time we face them in the cup.Now that Mike wants to win something.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #3

    bobby mang

    Please don’t say Stoke signed one of Newcastle targets !

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #4

    TFL

    Wasn’t it 2 season ago when we were linked with him?

    I think Pardew wanted him here after seeing what Cisse couldn’t do at RW!

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  • jon.c

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #5

    for goodness sake let us do something just not talking other teams are signing players now

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #6

    at 28 bit late though?

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #7

    We won’t be approaching anyone until the staff have been filled!

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle where targets dont get bought they just grow older

    I bet the Gameiro link is being readied as we speak

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #9

    WWSBRD too true

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #10

    TFL

    It’s just rumors mate, it seems that when a player gets linked to a team the press decide to just add Newcastle into the context.

    We are the biggest supporting club in England so it makes sense 😉

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Am sure we were linked with this bloke under Hoots no?

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  • G

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #12

    @6 28?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #13

    TFL
    Unfortunately buddy

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #14

    G

    His age

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Buzz Mist not kipping at the Malmaison tonight again? No, just the likes of Jeff with his Google quizzes, pro Ashley pathos. And the same tired links to championship players with amusing names. it’s another nufc transfer window kids!

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #16

    G ok 27 turning 28 in september

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki I couldn’t have summed it up better myself mate 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Tsunki…Just think…it actually is more entertaining than Newcastles football.

    Sad times.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Lets do our own question of sport but instead call it question of links, I’ll go first

    CB – Umiti

    Winger – Narsing

    Striker – Crouch

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  • G

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry am i missing something? Article says 23. Am I on the wrong page, or are we talking about Virgil, who it also says is 23, or at least will be in 93 years or so (January 2102?)

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Expect to hear erdinc linked to us tomorrow, and I heard barnetta has booked a room in a newcastle hotel!!!

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #22

    G I was on about Elmohamedy not dunk

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza we’ve been making our own entertainment for so long on here G2 is almost certifiable, I’m ready for a psych Eval for identity crisis, and you are in serious danger of having a swat team plough through your roof for your radical posturing. That’s just three of us in this asylum, which seriously is exactly what it is.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #24

    I personally would take dunk over van dijk if I am honest, regardless if prices.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Paul Scharner flies in tomorrow 🙂

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  • G

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #26

    TFL, thanks for clarification. Though I had forgotten how to count there

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Dimitri Payet our next link in the line ladies and gentlemen

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #28

    ronaldo
    Any reason ud take a Championship CB over a CL one?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki…I only started posting as I figured there must be free medication when you sign up.

    You can imagine my disappointment.

    Anyway, nothing radical about my posting. You must have me confused. I read I was the “blog Dad”. Have to say, Pokat was pretty cool. Shame he left 🙂

    So, go on then, on a scale of 1-10, how optimistic are you that this summer and our new HC will provide us with a top 8 finish and a jolly good go at the cups?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #30

    So really, after another two full work days drift by, still the most solid link is Dab Toss. How thrilling.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Payet is on massive wages at Marseille can’t see that happening

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #32

    TFL
    Not anymore mate those wages dramatically dropped because they didnt get CL plus they got them money issues

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  • G

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #33

    My only prediction for next season – opening fixture, toon vs chelski, away

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #34

    My prediction for the next recycled link is
    Perry Eminates Aboomarang.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Markaccus…Really really. I like the way you used “work days”. You sound really ticked off.

    Relax. We have a long summer of thrills. We need to start slow. It’s been a while, who knows what might happen with the excitement.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #36

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp

    LOL You Couldn’t Make It Up!

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #37

    WWSBRD
    cracking player but can’t see him coming to us

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #38

    G…Might as well add “and a guaranteed 3 points for the Toon” to that.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Yep this is more like it – championship also rans.

    Only a few days ago we were linked with Wolfsberg / Anderlecht players, England internationals – now we see the same old same old – cheap players who we can develop and sell at a profit.

    Worse is the fact that some of you are taken in with the new, caring, sharing FatAsh

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  • G

    Jun 16, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Ibiza @38, more likely 3 points on my drivers licence mate

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