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 – 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?