Newcastle Make Move To Sign Long Term Center-Back Target


There’s news today in the Mail that Newcastle want to do an exchange deal with Mike Williamson and cash for our long term center-back target – 23 year-old Lewis Dunk,

It was in January of 2102 that Newcastle were first linked with 6ft 4ins Brighton center-back, who was playing at his home town club.

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Lewis Dunk – 23 year-old 6ft 4ins Brighton center-back

And last October we were linked with the central defender, and it seems new Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren knows all about him from his two years at Derby County.

Dunk certainly fits the bill for players Newcastle like to sign – and he’s at the right age and looks a very promising player, who will only get better if Newcastle sign him.

Steve McClaren has also been interested in the big central defender while at Derby County, and perhaps there’s been a meeting of the minds between Graham Carr and Steve McClaren.

The Seagulls rejected a £4M offer from Fulham earlier in the summer for Dunk, and manager Chris Hughton spoke at that time of his determination to keep ‘one of his best players’.

But it looks like Newcastle want Lewis Dunk now according to the Mail, and we suppose the one thing to be agreed with Brighton is how much cash Brighton will they get for Dunk in addition to the 31 year-old Williamson.

Dunk has played 111 times for Brighton with 7 goals since he made his debut back in April of 2010 in the 0–0 draw at Milton Keynes Dons – at the time Lewis was just 18.

Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton took over Brighton from Sami Hyypia at the end of last year, and he did a very good job of tightening the Brighton defense.

Brighton conceded only 54 goals in the Championship, even though they finished 5th bottom of the league, and that was the 5th best goals against record of the 24 teams in the Championship last season.

Lewis Dunk was a major figure in Brighton’s defense last season, and he would be a good signing for Newcastle,.

But how does he get games at Newcastle this season, with Coloccini, Mbemba, Taylor and Lascelles also at the club?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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106 comments so far

  • Slank

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    REPOST

    sparky55 @ 1

    Being ‘through and through’ doesn’t prevent a player moving from the club he has grown up with and supported.

    Quoting Lee Clarke in that context was a bit unfortunate as he joined Sunderland, possibly much to the shame of many..

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  • Slank

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    An exchange deal looks very appealing.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    How many exchange deals actually happen?

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Jan 2102
    Hahaha

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  • Slank

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    WWSBRD

    Not many but this one looks attractive to both side.

    McClaren will know about Dunk when he was Derby manager. Hughton will know about Williamson from his Newcastle days. We will probably have to cough up some cash. I am sure Dunk would relish the opportunity to move up a league and possibly get a big pay rise.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    What will he be like up against quality strikers in the premier league? Definitely an upgrade on Williamson.

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  • sparky55

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Morning Slank

    Only used Lee as a casing example due to the fact he would have stayed at newcastle throughout all his career if only he had the choice and from what my nephew says that’s the case with Byram.

    From the sounds of it it won’t take much of an improved offer from Leeds and he’ll be staying put.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    I watched Brighton play the other night on Sky and kept an eye on Dunk for obvious reasons. Looks a very tidy CB imo and always seemed to have time on the ball. I’d take him without question and it would be the other CB’s we have who would be asking ‘where do I fit in’, not him. An ideal partner for Mbemba. Club captain isn’t a guarantee of first team football, after all.

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Williamson will defo go to Brighton
    He started his career at Torquay and then did 6 years at Soton and Portsmouth so he knows the South coast . Great place to end his footballing career , he’s only 31 and could squeeze out another 5 or 6 years , he’s certainly fit enough.
    Hughton gave him his biggest career move so I think it’s a no brainer and we should play hardball to get Dunk.

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  • Slank

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Morning to you sparky55

    I sometimes think that players can be persuaded by ‘loyalty’ to stay at their home town club often at the expense of their career.

    If Leeds were on the brink of taking the Championship by storm then I can accept the logic of staying put but Leeds appear to be a basket case of a club.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Slank
    Tbh I can barely think of any, I think this is just a very easy link for papers to make. Dunks agent is continuing to get his name out there and Williamson has let it be known he is up for sale, hoots now in charge of Brighton makes the perfect journalist storm

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    If Byram wants to stay at Leeds good luck to him his career may take a hit but maybe he is just content there for now playing week in week out few more seasons he will go to a newly promoted PL team then aim to impress a bigger team who will actually use him

    Probably better than coming here to play the odd cup game and sit on the bench

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Any player worth his salt should be looking to improve himself. Byram’s no different. PL football, wage increase, full stadium, tv exposure, international potential. All things a move to Newcastle would provide him with, that is lacking at Leeds right now. Loyalty to your home town club only takes you so far, before reality – in the shape of his agent – takes over.

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  • Slank

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    WWSBRD

    If necessary I’m sure we could match Fulham’s bid and add Williamson to the deal. There are a lot of ‘win win’ scenarios with a proposed player swap plus cash deal.

    Williamson would probably get into Brighton’s first team no bother but I’m not sure Dunk would edge out Colo or Chancel.

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Dunks stats destroy Collo, Lascelles and Taylor’s:
    @DannyJGraham: Another comparison I’ve put together for Dunk. Good young CB who’s better than Willo & Lascelles. #NUFC http://t.co/uVtIQzlZPM

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  • Slank

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Bobbybee @ 13

    It’s not as if he is travelling to the other side of the world.

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  • banjax

    Aug 13, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    At this stage buying another player ‘who can develop in the future’ is not what the club needs. Last Sunday we let two goals in and to me that means we need to spend and bring in a top class defender if we are to match our aspirations of a Top Eight even this year never mind next year. Hopefully this is another bout of journalistic froth and as such should dissipate as quickly as it appeared.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Is Dunk a good prospect? I dont know much about him to be honest!

    …but he’s 23 now so he’s one of the big boys! Can he cut it?

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Slank
    Problem with exchange deals is that it doubles the amount of people that need to be happy with it so barely anyone attempts them. The win win side of it is really only on the club proposing it they get a player they want and get shot of one they don’t. Selling club lose they player and get a worse player in return

    I don’t see this happening at all

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Bobbybee
    Maybe he is just happy?

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  • toon kk

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    I know a lot of fans desperately want any player linked with us signed up. But we need to move forward. We should be looking at top quality players to build a solid team, not chancers in the lower league’s. We have plenty of them.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    beer…by the way I agree with your sentiment a few replies back!

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #23

    scored a cracker og he did

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Agree completely Banjax. How many “one for the future” centre backs do we want? We already have Satka and Lascelles. (not that either of them will make it, in my view, but that’s another story). If the goals we conceded against Southampton didn’t highlight the fact that we need a quality player in that position I don’t know what will. If McClaren can’t convince the pinstriped pipsqueak to spend the money and sign a right proper centre half whatever it costs he’s just another Pardew with a northern accent.

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  • Sav

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    Give them Lascelles as well. Where the heck is he? Hopefully, that Forest nonsense will be Ashley’s last venture into ‘player investment’.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Tuff
    I debate football points. And if bloggers want to continue to debate them, I am happy to debate and debate and debate.

    As for your advice to get a Law degree, I don’t need to get one, and certainly not to be able to debate with you. Just stick to football and stop calling people knackers and undesirables and claiming you know more about football than them and their opinions are worthless.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #27

    if we sign another CB the Lascelles needs to go on loan to get some games. Not sure about Dunk, never seen him play. But we def need someone with good aerial ability in the back 4.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #28

    If this exchange happened and maybe a LB it will have been an excellent window.

    As for Dunk getting games Ed:-

    Taylor : Won’t play a full season
    Lascelles: Doesn’t look ready yet
    Colo: Depends if we are conceding too many headers.
    MBemba ” ” ” ”

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Lascelles won’t make it now? How’s that?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Sav

    That’s where I think having McLaren on the board may be just what was needed

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Slightly of topic, but did I read it right that there will be premier league fixtures on Fri nites this season?

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  • lesh

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #32

    How, Ed asks, will Dunk get a game with us?

    No problem, especially as McClaren’ll be keen to rotate players to ensure success in challenging for each of the Prem, FA Cup and the League Cup this season. The need’ll be even greater next season when we’re competing in the ECL too.

    🙂

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Sav
    Arsenal bid £5 million for Lascelles when he was 17 and Everton were fined £45000 for making an illegal approach for him in 2013 .
    Redknapps QPR tried many times to buy him.

    Some much more football savvy people than you or I , rate Jamaal very highly.

    However he needed to get away from Nottingham and his cronies .
    He will come good , Big Steve Black will sort him out.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #34

    go lesh, go lesh. . . . . .

    love the optimism

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  • geordieboy83

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #35

    Morning all,
    Banjax and overrated, I wouldn’t call dunk a prospect, if ever a player was playing above his standard it’s this lad. An immense talent and I’ll put my house on him being a regular international if he moves to premier league. I would have no hesitation putting him in the team

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  • Jamseyd24

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Sav,

    In fairness when we got the 2 boy from forest everyone was excited, flip Lascelles was even training with England last year so there has to be something somewhere?? Miss management not having a recall as he was wasted at forest for most of the season, due to the fact he was no longer their player. needs games me thinks

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #37

    Jamsey this Friday Man U v Aston Villa is a one off – However starting in 2016 there will be regular Friday night games aimed to increase the foreign market where it is more of a tradition to have sporting events on a Friday

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #38

    agreeing with JIB and WWS. I dont see how just because lac didnt start over colo hes considered a flop. Schteve is gonna take it slow with him which is the RIGHT move. Whether he makes it or not has yet to be seen. There is very little justification to right him off after being with the team a matter of weeks. Its a long season and there will be plenty of games colo will be out. Lets give the guy a season before we pass judgement.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    “write” him off!

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #40

    WWSBRD, aye, maybe he is, but his knocking back a new deal – on less money – kinda suggests he’s not! 🙂 Are agents EVER happy? One of those situations where wait and see applies I suppose. Anyway, if his ambition only stretches as far as Elland Road, then he’s not the right player for us really, is he?

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