Newcastle have changed their transfer policy and are now said to be more willing to bring in older players, and that will help the side become more experienced.
Rather than buying younger player all the time, and usually from outside of England so they rarely have any experience in the tough English Premier League, bringing in some experienced and older players at times will make Newcastle into a stronger squad.
Ron Vlaar – 30 year-old Dutch International
Newcastle are really short of good central defenders at the moment, and Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa has still not signed a new deal at Aston Villa, and he becomes a free agent at the end of the month.
There are reports out today that Newcastle are keeping tabs on the situation – but what that usually means is they watch while other clubs move in and get a deal done, so keeping tabs on a player doesn’t get many players into the club.
Other clubs have been able to talk to Ron since January, so if Newcastle want Vlaar we should be going in and offering him a deal on wages and maybe a signing-on fee.
Now’s the time to do that, and other clubs including Sunderland, Besiktas, Everton and West Ham United are said to be interested.
This is what Vlaar has told Voetbal International, while he is with the Dutch International squad:
“I have in consideration a new deal.” I think about it.” “I want to maximize my career and think I can go a step higher.” “I will look at it before deciding.”
The news is that Ron is looking for higher wages than Aston Villa are offering and yes, it’s a good question whether Newcastle are a step higher than Aston Villa.
Vlaar is a good center-back and has been at Villa Park since 2012, when he joined them after playing six seasons at Feyenoord, and he turned 30 last February.
He’s played 84 games with two goals for Aston Villa, and played only 19 games last season due to injury.
Aston Villa have already offered him new terms but he has turned them down, so if Newcastle want to bring in a good center-back who can play for us at least for three seasons – then Ron Vlaar would fit the bill.
It’s unlikely Ron will now stay at Villa and is probably waiting to see what terms other clubs would be willing to offer him, and of course Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat will know all about him having played with him in the Dutch squad.
Ron has played 31 times for Holland and made his debut back in October, 2005 when he played against the Czech Republic when he was 20.
He had an excellent World Cup for Holland last summer in Brazil, when Louis van Gaal’s team finished 3rd.
He could be a decent signing for Newcastle for the short term.