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?

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