Newcastle Have New Center-Back Target At £10M


New today that Newcastle want to sign 6’4″ center-back Joel Matip of Schalke, and Joel who was born in Germany to a German mother and a Cameroonian father, and he has played 26 times for Cameroon.

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Joel Matip 23 year-old 6’4″ defender

McClaren has a short spell at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga so he may have watched the big Schalke defender a few times.

The news is in the German magazine Bild, and they are reporting Matip is now Steve McClaren’s top priority and that Newcastle are willing to pay €14M for the 23 year-old,  who can also play as a defensive midfielder.

€14M is just a little less that £10M with today’s exchange rate.

Bild are reporting that McClaren has made his own inquiries to his contacts in Germany about the defender, and he has asked various people who  know the player various questions.

What’s his best position, does he have a good character, and would he be a good player in the physical Premier League, are three of the questions mentioned.

Matip has been at Schalke since 2000, when he signed on for them as a 9 year-old, and he has only one year to run on his contract, with no signs that he wants to sign an extension.

So this summer (or January) would be a time for the Bundesliga club to cash in on him before he becomes a free agent, although they would still be due some compensation next summer.

Matip made his first team debut for Schalke back in November of 2009 as an 18 year-old against Bayern Munich, and since then he’s appeared 211 times for the club with 18 goals.

Germany were keen for him to play for them but Matip decided he wanted to play for Cameroon, and he made his debut for the African side in a friendly against Italy in March, 2010.

Matip was in the Cameroon squad for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as a 19 year-old, and in last year’s World Cup in Brazil.

He would seem to be a good buy for Newcastle, and we would assume he would assume he’s be brough in as a center-back next season if we can him across the line.

The fact he can also play in defensive midfield is another plus.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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235 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #1

    That’s far too much money for us to spend on one player. He’ll have to agree to pay half of it back to the club from his wages. And his wages will be low so it will take a very long time. Lee is so clever with the add on clauses.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Welcome one and all to Repostville!

    On a serious note Riviere’s work apart from his actual getting the round thing into the stringy thing is pretty good and he does help to create some nuisance to the opposing defence. He seems strong and positionally he shows the right instincts. His control isn’t bad either. Apart from when he enters the antimagnetic 6 yard box thing. If he could actually score a goal or two with his foot or head we’d think an awful lot better of him

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    We can’t even get Austin. Dream on for matip. Lascelles is a new signing. There will be no new centre backs signed.

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  • Welshie's Sheep

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #4

    He’ll come to Swansea too

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  • Jib

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Matip’s agent is Alexander Schutt and every time we are linked with a player in the Bundesliga they seem to be one of Alexander’s,
    Cynique ?
    Moi ?
    Jamais !!!!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #6

    This boy looks pretty decent if we got him and Dunk with Lascalles and Dummett that would do me for next season

    Then buy a new left back as well

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Are we REALLY after him, or anyone else of note? Is McLaren really identifying players to buy without his trusted team of advisors gathered to his side? Maybe Ed should put out all his articles with two polls on them, one being a yes / no vote for suitability of the player, the second for likelihood we will get him. There’s an idea Ed.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry meant that would do me for defence !! We still need midfielders and strikers by the bucketload

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  • Belfast

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Hi Skunki

    Regarding the Pokat thing a few threads ago. Yep your name is now muck. The Pokat experiment blew up in your face.

    I still think you’re a decent bloke (sometimes)

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #10

    How is this a new link? We heard this weeks ago

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #11

    I know defence has been the big gaping issue but for me I agree with a few posters on here that midfield is the most important issue by a country mili. We’ve had the worst, most uncreative mid for years now, no service forward making our strikers frustrated and look terrible, and no cohesion to cover the back line leaving our vulnerabilities ( Willo and the lb’s) horrendously exposed. The inept tactical fudging of Pardew and his crew merely disguised this by randomly shuffling our team around game by game.

    We need a new approach to a creative midfield with a proper enforcer in the middle to glue it together.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d be over the moon if we signed a quality CB, although admittedly I’ve never heard of this fella except for on here.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Swansea paid Ayew a 5.7 million sign on fee. Wow.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Belfast. I’ve ‘ad worse. What’s done is done.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Belfast,
    I once started a bring back Tsunki campaign once, did I get any thanks, no, then he goes and does a multiple.

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  • Welshie's Sheep

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Thats because the mighty Swans want to sign quality players who will win us the league

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Scratch the double once

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail I missed the campaign because I really wasn’t going to come back. Then I had this great idea…….thanks for the thought though. Although what’s that you’re holding behind your back?

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  • Jib

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #19

    This is Bas Dost’s agents

    http://www.starsandfriends.net/

    They also act for Martin Skrtel.
    I would take him even though he is 30

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #20

    When Beattie did it it was funny, everyone laughed HA HA HA THAT WAS FUNNY Beattie they said whoever they were. But I do it and OWN UP mind you, not just found out, well…. it’s not fair. Just not fair.

    Where is Beattie by the way? He’s not here as someone else all this time is he?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 20, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki,
    A pair of scissors, and the bring back Tsunki campaign was way before your diabolical pokat experiment.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #22

    He could be STAR DOST then oh my 🙂

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Pheeeew, I expect McLaren to be in Big Charnleys office first thing monday morning for this fiasco.

    Lee: steve get yi arse in my office first thing Monday sonna

    Steve: well w w w why is e e eevery thing ok lee?

    Lee: Nor not really pal nar, what do you think your playing at enquiring about players of that calibre. and the price THE PRICE

    Steve. but lee;;;;;

    Lee: but nothing stevey boy get arse in here at 9ish, if ya passing creggs grab is a cornish pasty nd a four pack of sausage rolls and al square yi up later, my lass dosnt gan shopping till tuesday.

    steve: OK mate see ya monday

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  • Belfast

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #24
  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Diabolical? Hmmm. You’re actually making it sound good again.

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  • Welshie's Sheep

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Really enjoyed my holiday at Burnham shame there was no wifi, good 3G signal tho 🙂

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #27

    JfA
    Matip is wonderful on football manager if that helps

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Belfast actually that’s a scary likeness I have a white shirt as well and glasses and the same…. hair…. but of course I’m stunningly handsome whereas that guy sorry sorry fellow is just average. I’m worried your Jesper one is also close to the mark though.

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  • Jib

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Tudor crisps
    Kinda funny that
    One problem
    Charnley has a quite pronounced Burnley accent.

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Matip was at Darlington 1995-97 then Newton Aycliffe we could have had him for nothing had our scouting system had been working

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Shame that we have to scroll down a lot atm. Cough.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #32

    We lost Austin…

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  • Belfast

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Jespers mug shot Haha I don’t think he likes it one bit.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Wandering Geordie gotta feeling that’s made up on Wikipedia he’d have been a toddler then lol

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Jeff also did you notice the other mistake Tudor made? His scenario WASN’T REAL! It NEVER HAPPENED! it’s full of plot holes! How dare he do that to create a humorous story?

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Wdfttf- never had him to lose. Dry those eyes mate.

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  • Welshie's Sheep

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Pokat would look great in a swansea shirt
    Ha ha ha

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #38

    No belfast I think Jespers demeanour has definitely soured at your merciless hands. Lost in translation isn’t the half of it. 🙂 you’ve knocked all the innocence out of him ha ha. To think you give me hell for Pokat but you’ve wrecked that kid and somehow you’re still walking free. it’s just not fair.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #39

    True Tsunki surely it would have been FCB that wanted a greggs lol

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 20, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #40

    Scrolling down past the filler …..

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