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McClaren May Bid For Derby County Captain

5:27 pm, Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

The Guardian is reporting that Steve McClaren is thinking about bidding for Ireland International center-back Richard Keogh, who played for him at Derby County for the last couple of years and was the Derby captain.

Richard stands 6’2″ tall and has been at a number of lower league clubs including Carlisle United until 2010, but the Newcastle head coach still thinks he could do a job for him on Tyneside.

richard keogh

Richard Keogh – 28 year-old Derby center-back

Richard was born in Harlow and joined Derby from Coventry in the summer of 2012, and since that time he’s played 149 times for them with six goals.

Last season he appeared 53 times for them with one goal – so he’s not injured very often – and that would be a plus.

He turns 29 in August and  has two years left on his contract, and apparently the fee would be in the range of £4M.

McClaren must think he’s a decent enough player who can step up to the tough demands of the Premier League, but that’s not easy to do.

It seems that Keogh has also attracted interest from West  Brom and Sunderland,  but with McClaren being his manager for the last two years at Derby,  if Newcastle want him we must be favorites to get him.

Derby’s new manager Paul Clement is already reshaping the Derby squad with new signings, and he wants to sign Burnley center-back  Jason Shackell.

In fact Shackell was the Derby captain when he left in 2012 for Burnley, and Keogh had only just arrived when he was named the Derby captain replacing Shackell.

If Derby do get Shackell then the news is they would allow Keogh to leave the club.

Keogh is a decent and consistent player and captain of Derby County – so he has leadership skills, and he was also named in the Championship Team of the Year.

Keogh made his International debut in friendly against Poland in February of 2013 and has 7 caps.

He’s not the top class center-back Newcastle fans had been hoping for,  but he may be able to do a job for the side, and he is a good leader and we need players like that in the squad,

After what happened in the second half of last season, when too many of our players went missing when times got tough,  Newcastle need to bring in some strong characters who can provide leadership both on and off the field next season.

Keogh could be one of them.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 midweek weekend // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    are we actually going to sign some coaches or what let alone players

  • 2 scottoon // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Not exactly the statement of intent most of us are hoping for. Just might be the only players that will come in though…..lower league toilers that are looking for a shot at the Prem.

  • 3 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Ah the romance of sticking with your home town club through thick and thin. I agree with that sentiment, while it’s to do with having a team that suffers under less than accomplished management either through poor business decisions, not so good player transfers, bad form on the pitch etc. Any team can have it’s glorious highs and tragic lows, and to stick loyally with your side is a noble thing.

    However something new has been added to the football equation by Mr Ashleys acquisitonal empire owning us. We are being compromised off the pitch under the yoke of cynical exploitation of the clubs resources in exchange for being ‘ rescued’ from the profligate evils of the Shepherd/Hall era. Now NUFC is beholden to SD. Like a slave. We have been turned into a pure revenue product where the sporting ingredient has been minimised and is entirely subject to how the club and it’s brand can be leveraged to leech money through us. Because we are so much an entertainment product and so little a local sporting institution now we have the right to vote in whatever manner seems fit if the product is sub-par. Cue voting with wallets and feet. It makes me wonder how dire the product has to be before you stop shelling out hard earned money for it.

  • 4 Zero // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM


    Cheers for the information, is that the moved date it interests me yo how much quicker it is from the original date

  • 5 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    June 24, 2015
    I thought that they were moving the fans forum meeting forward? wasn’t it meant to happen before the last game of the last season? Yet another failed promise. Wouldn’t surprise me if they moved it back again considering the lack of signings.

  • 6 Mr Magpie // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    I’d hope that this is just lazy journalism & not someone we are actually interested in signing.

    Newcastle need cb’s…McClaren used to manage Derby….Keogh was his captain & a cb….hmmmm i have a transfer story.

  • 7 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    no idea I just know it was announced last week

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Keogh to replace Willo then? That would make us just as bad in central defense next season. We allowed 63 goals last season and were absolutely dire. And Keogh is going to help fix this? Absolute bollocks.

  • 9 Lindisfarne // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    I’d prefer a £4M bid for Jonny Evans.

  • 10 lochinvar // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Any fan that walks away from supporting his or her home club. Hang your head in shame.
    Respect !

    A lifelong football fan has left his favourite amateur club more than £300,000 in his will.
    Colin Rowell was an avid Bishop Auckland FC supporter and left the bulk of his estate to the club following his death in January at the age of 79.
    Stunned officials said the bequest would help secure the County Durham club’s future.
    Mr Rowell, from nearby Cockton Hill, has no surviving family members and had been a fan for more than 70 years.
    The Northern League Division One club has pledged to mark the gesture by scattering Mr Rowell’s ashes on the pitch and naming a section of its Heritage Park ground after him.

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Cisse and Evans in same squad, great idea. …. not! Gloit!

  • 12 Tsunki // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Lochinvar you leaving your fortune to mike then? 😀

  • 13 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    just read that on BBC, great story

  • 14 GeordieTwo // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Here’s someone we can probably afford Ashley: Leonardo Massoni, CB plays for Perugia, 6 feet 4 1/2. Make a bid of 7 packages of spaghetti and a little pesto sauce Mike and he’s ours I’m sure. Get Graham over to Italy to talk to him if you can afford it.

  • 15 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I’d rather we went for Huth, cheaper with premier league experience.

  • 16 BandB // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM


    I haven’t stopped supporting them.
    And who says its Blackley’s home town club?
    I’m pretty sure it isn’t.
    Not that that matters at all.

  • 17 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Huth has just signed for Leicester

  • 18 Lindisfarne // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Professional footballers don’t hold grudges, do they?!

    If \NUFC had any credibility with the French Ligue 1 clubs we would have no problem palming off Goffran, Obertan, Marveaux and potentially loan Ameobi, Bigi, Good and Armstong at the same time.

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Wow! What a signing 😉 it’s a good thing we got McClaren!

  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    is that another one from your “Favourite” book?

  • 21 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:46 PM


    oh really? looks like Leicester have more sense then us then. Ron Vlaar maybe? we need premier league experience…

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Or here’s a real player for you Ashley: Kendall Waston, age 27, 6 feet 5, CB, plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Costa Rica. In his prime now, excellent positional sense. Dominates all high balls. But do you scout in North America Ashley? I doubt it. That would cost money wouldn’t it?

  • 23 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Vlaar would be good YoungMagpie

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Spot on YMFB @21, Vlaar would be excellent. Waston would be cheaper but he would need a season to get up to speed in the Prem. We could get him with a 2M pound bid I’m sure. And I think Massoni would be an Ashley favourite TFL as he has some extra pasta lying around.

  • 25 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:51 PM


  • 26 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    G2 been looking at your book of low bids again lol

  • 27 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Supporting your local football club and having pride in your local area is a strange phenomenon that isn’t easy to explain. I don’t claim to understand the psychology of it. But it is enjoyable entertainment on the whole even if a particular match can be disappointing to say the least.

  • 28 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    G2 Parma have gone bust any defenders there we could get on the cheap?

  • 29 Average_Contents // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    A younger version of willow. Fcuking carthorse.

    No thanks.

  • 30 BandB // Jun 24, 2015 at 6:02 PM


    I may longer pay to watch, but I still support my local club.

    When I lived in London, I didn’t start support any London club (and by your argument paying to watch a team is the very definition of supporting them)

    You, on the other hand, turned your back on your local club to support a much more successful one in the region where you settled.

  • 31 lesh // Jun 24, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    And now, following all the hype about big-name signings, we have….. tarrra…. the world famous… tarrra… Richard Keogh!

    Who’s be following him I wonder – Carl Cort?

  • 32 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jun 24, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    I did like the link to Van Ginkel, we have needed a cabaye replacement for ages… But first a CB is mandatory, we need about 6 players in this window and at least half of them need to have premier league experience because we have no idea how long they will take to adjust, it’s very risky.

    Vlaar, Elmohamedy, schaar.
    van ginkel

    followed with the forest lads would be alright.

    Sell sissoko, his only reason for wanting to stay here is because his French manager advised it. He can help fund these transfers.

    Loan: Armstrong, Barlaser, Kemen and Roberts and even Satka.



    Team could be:

    Cabella-Van Ginkel-De Jong-Aarons



  • 33 thevirus // Jun 24, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    28 years old , minimal if any premier league experience erm no thanks

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