Newcastle Close To Second Signing – Is It This Defender?

Newcastle continue to be linked with 23 year-old Schalke center-back Joel Matip, and with one year left on his contract the Magpies could get a decent deal for the Cameroon International. this summer.

Matip has said he could stay at Schalke for the last season of his contract, but that hasn’t stopped there being multiple reports that Newcastle have made this 6ft 4ins defender their top defensive target this summer.

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Joel Matip – very high on Newcastle’s list

One of the other top center-backs we were interested in is Monaco’s Algerian International  Aymen Abdennour, but there are several top European clubs keeping tabs on him, and surely Newcastle have very little chance of attracting him to Tyneside.

The two goals we conceded early in the game last night against Mexican Club Atlas, came from two indifferent plays from each of our center-backs, and it’s almost certain Newcastle will need at least one top class center-back this summer.

We need at least one top class center-back and one top class striker brought in this summer as an absolute minimum.

Last night in Milwaukee Steve McClaren seemed positive when he said Newcastle were getting close to a second signing.

While that would appear to be Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht – the 20 year-old top Serbian International striker – Newcastle could surprise us.

They certainly did last Friday when we signed a really great player – Georginio Wijnaldum – the Dutch Player of the Season and the PSV captain.

So far we cannot accuse Newcastle of not going after some top talent in the transfer window.

We’re hoping for another signing within the next day or two and hopefully it’s a striker or a central defender..

Joel Matip has been at Schalke since 2000, when he signed on for them as a 9 year-old.

He made his first team debut 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 at International level, but Matip decided he would  play for Cameroon (his father was born in Cameroon), and he made his debut for the African side in a friendly against Italy in March, 2010.

He 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.

What do you think?

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