Newcastle Could Use Williamson To Complete Deal In January


There is news today that Newcastle are interested in signing former Manchester United center-back Michael Keane, a player we were interested in last summer before he went on loan to Burnley and finally signed for them full time last January.

Newcastle have hinted that they want to do some deal in January but it’s always difficultly to prise top players from clubs half way through the season, and as well as Michael, Newcastle would also like to bring in another striker in January – maybe Charlie Austin (finally) from QPR.

mike williamson head home from thauvin northamtpon

Mike Williamson scoring against Northampton Town in League Cup

In the case of Keane, the chances of Newcastle getting him could depend on where Burnley are placed at that time in the Championship, but Newcastle can offer a part exchange deal with Mike Williamson, and therefore Mike could be a ready-made replacement for Keane.

In fact when we signed Williamson’s from Portsmouth in January of 2010, he came straight into the side and played very well through the end of that promotion season, and he filled in well for Steven Taylor, who was injured and out for that season just before Mike was brought in for £1M.

Mike’s contract runs our next summer,  and so it could be a god move for Mike in January, and Steven Taylor’s contract also runs out,  although maybe Steve McClaren would be less willing for the local lad to leave Newcastle at that time.

Burnley are currently in 5th place in the Championship, after their 3-1 home win against Sheffield Wednesday, and they have 11 points from six games, just one point behind Cardiff in second place.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion won again – this week 1-0 at home to Hull City, who were in second place before yesterday’s game.

The win leaves Brighton 4 points clear at the top of the Championship after 6 games played – and Chris is doing very well.

But back to Keane – it would be a good deal if Newcastle can do a part-exchange for him using cash plus Mike Williamson, who will be leaving the club next summer when his contract runs out.

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144 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Sep 13, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 13, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Please Please Please Please let it be true

    Btw Ed, I don’t believe you when you use the phrase ” Charlie Austin ( finally)” 🙂

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 13, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Since when did Michael Keane become a “top player” that would require “prising away” from a championship club?
    Burnley is not part of continental Europe so Carr wont have been to see him, nor has he ever been spotted watching Charlie Austin. If we were seriously after either of these players then wouldn’t our esteemed Director of Scouting at least have gone to watch them live once or twice

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    sutty
    think its just paper drivell my sell….unless satka good and williamson away then why bring him in

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    when theres other positions need lookin at more desperately

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #6

    We maybe should think about using him to cancel out Carroll’s huge height advantage tomorrow. He’s never scored with Willo marking him and was subbed early for liverpool he had in under so much control. Great believer in horses for courses myself. If we allow Collo and Mbemba to mark him, we could be made to pay for it. Just my opinion and I know some won’t agree, but if he plays, what would you do?

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Think yourselves lucky. We could have had Kaboul. Now there’s a partnership…Colo and Kaboul!

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Bobby

    Worry not about Caroll. He’s been out for yonks and even when he does come back takes an age to get up to some kind of match fitness these days.
    Its a mental thing for us. There’s not many in the world can handle him in the air with the right ball in to him, never mind us. So we concentrate on how we can get at them..

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Sing, believe it or not, kaboul was their best player today. That said, the competition was very limited! 😉

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #10

    If carrol plays need to work harder to cut out the crosses….cant see him startin tbh

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #11

    I would definitely focus on how we create chances and press West ham. I think they will expect us to park the bus…I would do the polar opposite and chuck everything at them.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Sing, you can’t ignore him marra. We know ourselves that on his day he can be unplayable – he was for us many times. I don’t expect him to start, but if he does come on we need a plan. No doubt Macca will have one.

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Bobby.
    The Kaboul situation is a laugh though, what his agent said about the idea of him signing for Sunderland a few seasons back. Happy to go there now he’s ponderously slow and past it! And the way they bent over to have Borini back. How he treated them when he wanted a bigger club after his loan to them…it was amazing.. No pride these mackems? No reason to have pride either mind. Cheap shot, I know.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #14

    keane has promise as one of a very very few decent english cb’s.

    a lot better than williamson/saylor and even lescalles and any other prospect we have but i think if its true he will be bought more for sell on value than anything else as i can see him being an england international some years down the line if he’s playing regular with a prem club and sadly i dont think that will be in his time at newcastle as we will sell him before he hits his prime form.

    good call imo easy money that will double or tripple in value and free cash to improve further our team.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Got to be realistic. We haven’t had chance to show our attacking prowess yet, yet alone go for the ‘we’ll score more than you’ tactic just yet. 🙂

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Onealan
    Can u see him changing the side with the exception of cisse for nitro….I dont think he will….b a huge surprise if did and Id welcome it…at least hes tried something

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Sing, not cheap at all matey! 😉 It’s fair to say that he was their best player because the rest were utter garbage! Spurs were no better either.

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Bobby

    I wonder how much they are paying Defoe. Really surprised he went there, got to hand it to them, that was a bit of a coup for them

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Sing, he must be on a decent wage – he was over the pond. He had a great chance today, one on one with the keeper, but hit the post. He’s not going to get any better either. Still their best player though – which explains the annual relegation scrap. 🙂

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobby
    You’d think Willo was a good defender the trust you show in him …. I can’t wait to see the back of him. How he didn’t go in the summer, Carr knows.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Villa one up. Grealish.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #22

    This is the same Keane that was at Burnley ladt year and in no way stood out and only played in about half their games?
    Why do we keep getting linked to players that have contributed to their teams getting relegated? More importantly why would anyone think this was a good thing??

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t think he’s as bad as he’s made out, but I’m well aware of his limitations, believe me! I just believe in horses for courses and that we would be stupid to ignore the threat of Carroll. If Carroll doesn’t play, I wouldn’t even consider Willo matey, that’s the truth of it. I just don’t see how Collo and Mbemba could handle him, that’s all, nothing more.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #24

    we are going to have a problem of Home grown players wen Taylor Willo Elliot leave. Krul next season wont b home grown. Let me hop Carr has that in mind. But in Lee we trust he is very prepared.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Bobby
    You never know they might of been working on just that situation in training

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #26

    I think Mcfa wasnt rushing to bring in too many defenders at the started. Added one and kept the rest.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Will die
    Doesn’t krul qualify as home grown coz hes been here a long time under 21….or something like that?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Am ok with Willo being back up coz that is wat he is. Taylor is the one who kept him in the team with being injured all the time.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #29

    I think taylor will b offered a contract extension. ..just goin by the macca been talkin about him

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Springy, let’s hope so. Better for us if they don’t play Carroll, but we need to be ready if they do.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobby
    Did u say u went to the under 21 game the nyt….if so how did toney look…if he played?

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #32

    The other nyt….damn it

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #33

    SPRINGY

    Next season I think Homegrown is beginning from the age of 15. Krul came at 17.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34

    I always thought a player was classed as a home grown player if he trained with the team for three consecutive years between the age of 15 to 21.

    If this is still true, Krul will still be a home grown player.

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  • Bobbybee

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Springy. He certainly put himself about and got into good positions from which he should’ve scored really. His finishing was off, but he got into those positions which is a good sign. We dominated the game until the red card, but as the saying goes,’ you need to score when on top’. We didn’t. Some nice one touch football to enjoy and Kevin Mbabu at right back looked back to his pre injury best. Motm for me.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Will die
    If thats the case I didn’t no that tbh….just watchin the Leicester game micah richards for nowt looks like great signing up2 now….him and mbemba would of been a good couple of signings for our defence

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  • sing in the corner

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #37

    Now I know its great to have a good lively atmosphere at the footy and all that…but I have got the Leics game on in the background and I’m finding their slow clap / repetitive song lasting forever and as annoying as the vu vu zela (or whatever the hell it was called) at the South Africa World Cup. Are they using those dodgy clap-noise contraptions or something?

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Bobby
    Cheers was wondering how he did…mbabu was talked highly when came maybe he’s ganna b back up to janmaat….altho didn’t we sign him as centre half?
    Firebug
    A knew there was some rule about coz krul has been classed as homegrown the last few seasons by my reckoning

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Nathan Dyer to make it 1-1.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 13, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #40

    Maybe not

    2-0 villa

    Ha ha ha

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