Newcastle Go After Multiple Center-Back Targets

There was news last night that Newcastle have inquired about their former center-back target Douglas, who we were after three years ago when he was still at FC Twente.

Newcastle had a deal all agreed to sign the free agent two years ago,  before Joe Kinnear came in as Director of Football and nixed the deal, which led to the then Managing Director Derek LLambias leaving the club.

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Chancel Mbemba – are Newcastle interested in this center-back

We are after Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht, and both he and his center-back colleague Chancel Mbemba are being left out of the practice games as the Belgian club prepares for the Jupiler Pro League starting up a week on Saturday.

Mbemba has been linked with Newcastle this season, and some big clubs like Atletico Madrid, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg have also been interested in the player.

If he is being held back from playing, there must be a deal close with one of those clubs.

But today in Belgium there is a report that Newcastle have inquired about the 6ft DR Congo International defender, who is 26, although there are some arguments about his age and some insist he is just 21.

So we may even be after two Anderlecht players.

It seems strange that Newcastle would only now be linked with more interest in Mbemba, after negotiating a deal for Mitrovic for a couple of weeks – but not impossible.

With the news on Douglas and Steve McClaren saying we are getting close on a few targets, surely we need to bring in a good center-back soon.

We would be happy enough if Newcastle can bring in Douglas – a story we reported on last night.

Other center-backs we have been linked with this year are 23 year-old Joel Matip of Schalke and 23 year-old Joel Veltman of Ajax.

Getting one of those four center-backs in soon would be a good start to fixing our very leaky defense, which has conceded 190 goals in the Premier League over the last three seasons.

That’s an average of just over 63 goals every season – and that’s pathetic when you think we conceded only 59 goals in our relegation season in 2009.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.