The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

This “Surprise” Signing Could Be A Good Deal For Newcastle

12:01 pm, Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

The Hull Daily Mail is reporting that any club who want to buy Hull’s City center-back James Chester will have to cough up around £8 million for him this summer.

That’s £2M less than manager Steve Bruce was asking for only a couple of months ago so maybe that’s a positive for clubs like Newcastle who may be interested in signing him.

James Chester Hull

James Chester – could be a Newcastle target

Newcastle need one more center-back brought in after we sign Chancel Mbemba for £8.5M from Anderlecht today – and maybe Chester is one of the players Steve McClaren has said we are looking closely at but have not really been covered in the press.

Newcastle have been linked off and on with James over the last couple of months, but not heavily.

The 26 year-old Hull center-back is a solid player, and certainly Newcastle need strengthening in central defense after we have conceded a whopping 190 goals in the last three seasons in the Premier League.

But since Mbemba is only 6ft tall and Chester is 5ft 11ins,  we may need to have the second center-back be a lot taller.

With Mbemba signed, that may be a negative against James, because you have some strikers these days who are 6ft 7ins tall like Newcastle target Bas Dost of Wolfsburg.

Maybe we need somebody like Joel Matip of Schalke who is 6ft 4 ins tall, or former top target Douglas of Dynamo Moscow, who is the same height.

James has been at Hull since 2010 and he was brought through the Manchester United Academy and cost Hull £300K.

Chester committed himself to the Welsh national team in May of last year, and he qualifies through his mother, who was born in Rhyl in north Wales.

James made his international debut in the starting line-up for the friendly game against Holland in June of last year, and now has 6 full caps.

He has played 172 times for Hull with 8 goals, so he’s quite experienced and has played the last two seasons in the Premier League, where he has looked good.

Comments welcome.

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

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 expatmag // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Cyprus (last thread)

    Not a problem for Melbourne mate. We are the sporting capital of Australia and the MCG us one if the greatest sporting arenas in the world.

  • 2 John Tudor // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    not my cuppa tea giant crazee needed

  • 3 expatmag // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:09 PM


    Not surprised at all mate although Yaya has just scored a penalty to make it 3-1.

  • 4 lochinvar // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Signing a Kinder Egg would provide a surprise !
    JohnTudor@2 is right a ” giant crazee” sounds good to me – putting some height into Central Defence actually changes the dynamics of a game, makes wingers have to think about where they cross to and also protects the keeper.
    McLaren will know that so lets hope the next CD fits that criteria

  • 5 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Not many CB’s can deal directly with a giant of a forward like Dost. Key is to stop crosses in and try to put him off and go for second ball. Many tall CF’s are actually relatively poor in the air despie the height advantage. Mbemba is supposed to have a good spring on him and judging the flight and timing are also important as height alone.

    We were linked with Chester as season closed even before McClaren officially arrived but then again who haven’t we been. Would a player with PL experience be better than some of the continental players we are being more solidly linked with? Not sure on this but am beginning to feel a little bit more confident in the decision making on transfers – in McClaren ( and Carr) we trust ? 🙂

  • 6 Slank // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:19 PM


    Thanks for the info on Trialist. Sounds like he may not be a Trialist for long having scored three times and two matches.

  • 7 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    If we’re building a team, we need to keep players like Sissoko. However, we need some serious money spent at CB, RB and LB; Cabella out and a quality winger in; and someone like Austin to play alongside Mitrovic, although Mac should be asking Mitrovic for his preferences. I love to see a cracking strike partnership: Beardsley/Cole; Quinn/ McGee; Shearer/Ferdinand… Shearer/Sutton champions.

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    would be thoroughly underwhelmed with chester after the list we’ve been linked to..

  • 9 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Chester is last last resort on e list we have and money and ambition we have.

  • 10 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:33 PM


    Agree ( and even Shearer/Bellamy) 🙂

    Interestingly and I am sure you are aware the combinations are not all similar other than in they worked extremely well. Many did not see the benefit or the chemistry of the Shearer/Sutton and Shearer/Ferdinand partnerships before they took the then PL by storm.

    Applause therefore to KK and Dagleish for their foresight (only of course before he was here in Dagleish’s case!) Although was it Ray Hartford’s guidance at Blackburn before I give him too much credit.

    Not sure if it seems we are heading for a more modern striker/No10 style rather than the latter 2 striker combinations. But as your choices illustrate it is all about the chemistry, ability and reversibility of the 2 individuals.

  • 11 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    reversibility = versatility
    although the original spellchecker mistake makes for an interesting attribute 🙂

  • 12 Sivarese // Jul 24, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Never buy a centre-half from a relegated team. Relegation has a massive effect on your mental state – if the going gets tough we need leaders not bottlers. He couldn’t cope with our league’s strikers last season so what would have changed? Look at Steven Caulker.

previous post: McClaren Can Bring Out The Best In Some Fringe Players

next post: There’s Truth In Newcastle’s Interest In Uruguayan International