Newcastle Interested In Former Manchester United Center-Back


Last summer Newcastle were linked with then Manchester United center-back Michael Keane, but the then 21 year-old was sent out on loan to newly promoted Burnley,  and in January the deal was made permanent.

But with Burnley having been relegated,  the 22 year-old is playing in the Championship and there’s news in the Sun today that Newcastle are again interested in signing the youngster.

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Michael Keane – Burnley center-back

The report suggests that Keane is a target of Newcastle’s for the upcoming January transfer window, with Everton also interested.

Keane came through the Youth Academy at Manchester, and had loan spells at Leicester, Derby, Blackburn and Burnley before signing full time for the Clarets last year.

It’s interesting that Michael has a twin brother Will, who is a striker and still at the Red Devils, but on loan at Preston for the season.

Newcastle head coach McClaren knows all about Michael Keane,  because he was manager at Derby County when Michael was on loan there from November 2013, through January of the next year, when he played 8 times for County.

Keane has been playing well for Burnley, and he is starting to attract the interest of some Premier League clubs.

The 6ft 2ins defender is said to have been impressed with Steve McClaren while he was at Derby County, and Newcastle have to look to bring in a center-back who can eventually take over at the club when Coloccini finally hangs up his boots.

It’s expected that both Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson will not be retained by the club, when their contracts run out next summer.

Newcastle signed the impressive 21 year-old Chancel Mbemba during the summer from Anderlecht, , and Keane would also seem to be a very good acquisition for Newcastle, and he would add some height at the back for the Tyneside club.

Keane played for the England U19 and U20 sides and 16 times for the England U21 side, and he is a classy defender.

He has played 28 times for Burnley so far, and in his career including his loan spells he has 127 total appearances with 16 goals.

We hope the Sun report is accurate and that Newcastle will try to sign the Stockport-born player in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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199 comments so far

  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    http: //www . chroniclelive .co . uk/ sport /football /football – news / decision- time – approaching –
    newcastle- united – 10043561
    Lookinh at this aricle we think we have 3 yrs to make a Top 6 club . But Lee said 3 windows and
    Mcca said 150m is available . He wld have made a whole of changes but said a few at a time .
    Summer 15 – Winter 16 – Summer 16 . That ’s means next season we will b challenging Top 6 . Not
    my words Lee and Mcca.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon,
    I agree with what you said regarding the necessity for pace. Then you said we only have pace in Aarons and Ober.

    Not so. The fastest recorded player in the PL last year was Sissoko. Apologies to mention this Lil, if you are reading 🙂

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  • geordiesteve520

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Rio Ferdinand was raving about this lad a few weeks back calling him the best young CB in the country along with Stones…high praise. I don’t knowing about him if honest butuat be better than Willo so get him in.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    cyprus

    Ssissoko was the fastest and created most chances in the EPL.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    I am yet to hear or see any quote saying we will sign players in 3 consecutive windows. They juat said 3 windows. If we sign significant players in January I’d be very surprised.

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  • cyprus

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Will,
    Don’t tell Lil 🙂

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  • toon kk

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Come on, everyone knows how the club is run.
    We’ll buy in January only if we have to. If not the situation will be reviewed in the summer window. But don’t expect another 50mil available.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    OneAllanShearer

    Mcca said it. I think the last press conference beforw deadline day. He talked abt:
    1. 150m
    2. 3 windows not 3 years
    3. Making changes slowly.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    wijnaldum and mbemba are also no slouches.

    looking for our first win against the hammers and to hopefully pull ourselves out of relegation and put chelscum in it 🙂

    i’ll go 3-0 to pull some of that goal difference back ! siem with 2 and cisse with 1.

    rolando would be a great signing also get him on a 5 year then start playing him and thauvin on either wing with sissoko in the central.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    ——————–krul——————–
    jan—–mbem———colo—–hair
    ——————sisso——————–
    thau——————————-rola
    ———-siem———wij————–
    ——————cisse——————–

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  • cyprus

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Imagine this team:

    Krul
    Sis-Sissoko- Socks-Sisso
    Siss-Sox
    Sis-Sissoko- Socks
    Siss-Sox

    Still, maybe not enough goals or tackles 🙂

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  • toon kk

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Cyprus
    ok Sissoko is a pacey powerful player, thing is he’s often the only one who carries real pace.
    if a team lacks a bit of quality pace makes up for it. But pace is needed on the wings pity Gabby hadn’t more quality but at least he gets us up the pitch, which is something we struggle to do.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    We seem to get linked alot with players who have either been at Derby or been associated Derby and or McClaren.

    Strangely we haven’t signed even one player from Derby…my guess is because they are vastly overpriced!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    You need all sorts of players in a modern team!

    We are a 80tees or 90tees British team…football have moved on with or without England! Come join the rest of us!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #15

    *we are not…

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    repost;
    team id like to see for hammers…
    ——————————-krul——————————-
    janmaat———–mbemba—–colo————-haidara
    ———————anita———–gino———————–
    sissoko——————-dejong——————thauvin
    ——————————-perez—————————–

    team i think we’ll see…

    ——————————krul——————————-
    janmaat———-mbemba—–colo————-haidara
    ———————-anita———colback—————–
    sissoko——————-gino——————–thauvin
    —————————-cisse——————————-

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  • Ian Toon

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    BandB- I had not seen that – only Tsunki and Jinky Jimmy’ posts. My current setting does not show times but I get other features which I prefer.
    I have adopted the policy of ignoring random posts addressed at me rather than to me. I was not aware of the post you have alluded to until just now.
    I really don’t want to devote time to the nonsense side of the blog and welcome the rise in self regulation. As I said recently, I fly solo and am not beholding to anyone.
    It’s a bit late but thanks for your kind words.
    Adidas or as Belfast would say ta-ra.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #18

    We’re definitely working harder as a team in the defensive side of our game but we have forgotten you need to score to win games, or and keep the ball better than 30%.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #19

    my best team:.
    …………………….Krul
    Janmatt….Mbemba. …..Colo……Haidara
    ……………..Wijnaldum…….Colback
    Sissoko…………..De Jong……………..Thauvin
    ……………………….Mitrovic
    Subs:
    Darlow, Taylor, Perez, Aarons, Anita, Obertan, Cisse.

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    toon kk
    i think that will come with confidence and to be honest all the teams we’ve faced in maccas 1st four games dominated possession of the ball when we’ve played them previously and give the players gel time

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #21

    will die
    hammers team?…would u start cisse or perez with nitro out?

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #22

    toon kk

    Am worried as u r at the attacking front.

    Mcca sees that too and he will bring de Jong in. Wijnaldum shld become a box to box he has the energy and can win the ball. I choose Anita out of that team. Not better than Colback. We need all our best players in. Wijnaldum and De Jong have to play.

    Sissoko wasnt fully fit at Arsenal so I believe he will get rolling. Thauvin or Perez I wld choose Perez coz I know he isnt a CF.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #23

    toodle pip old bean

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  • BandB

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Ian

    I posted the remarks on a dead page myself, as I have no wish to see the blog spend another day discussing the subject of you, as I am sure is not your intention.
    I was rather pleased to see Ruddy back, and I know you will be too, as you are saddened by the numbers who no longer post.
    Maybe Sack Llambias had some reason to want to change things back to a discussion about you. Who knows what goes on in peoples’ minds.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #25

    SPRINGY

    I wld put Perez. Cisse is a poacher but I nolonger rate him.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Jesper, the reason we havent signed anyone from Derby is because McClaren has nothing to do with choosing the players we buy. If were going for English players expect them to be from Northampton which is where Carr is from. Toney was obviously from there as was Darlow originally.
    Carr basically only talks to about three agents and his mates.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #27

    My best team

    Janmaat….Mbemba…….Col……Haidara
    Aarrons Sissoko Thauvin
    Mit Cisse Perez

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  • toon kk

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Not forgetting Krul in goal of course

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #29

    will die
    cisse’s close control has been woeful at the start of the season…hopefully he’s been working hard in training….i would like to see perez start up front but the way macca has been blowing smoke up cisse’s arse in some articles i think he’ll start him

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  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Croftus – great looking team, would love to see that

    Springy – think your second team is what we will see. Groundhog day. McClarens mantra seems to be – if plan A doesn’t work, stick with plan A!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #31

    Cyprus,
    It doesn’t bother me when people talk about Sissoko, no need to apologise. He is fast, so is Obertan.

    Will die,
    Where did you hear Sissoko created the most chances? He didn’t, not even close. I doubt he even created the most chances at Newcastle, but would have to look that up!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #32

    Sutty…I know we like to believe Carr picks all the players, but lets not dwell on the past and start another string of posts about Pardew 😉

    It does seem so that McClaren is going to make his mark and players are not just going to be signed on Carrs merits alone.

    The reason why no players from Derby have been signed is down to two things:

    a) no experience
    b) vastly overpriced

    I agrree with someone earlier who said we need experience as well and we need British players as well. We need a balance of untried gems, players with experience and British players.

    We have signed experienced and English players in the past, but they have just not been good enough…and overpriced! I can except overpricing as long as you get a better player than what we have.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #33

    its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #34

    sutty
    i said in a earlier post that it would be a brave manager/head coach that would change the modern system of playing 4231…not a fan if im honest always seems like our striker just jogs about on his lonesome in this formation…2 up top for me….some how?

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  • SPRINGY

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #35

    jesper
    reason c) probs not good enough tbh

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #36

    Anyway, off out, just popped on to have a flick through of the news. Not much of interest, but I would be happy with Michael Keane as part of 4 good quality centre halves.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #37

    BandB,
    Just one more thing….
    Wow, I noticed that post from sack Llambias last night and the typed in name and date, and thought it a very odd random post, however, I did not recognise the link between the post left today, shenanigans me thinks !

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  • Jib

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #38

    Steven Naismith’s hat trick against Chelsea yesterday perfectly illustrates that people are getting way too hung up about the choice of striker.
    We have goal scoring potential throughout our midfield as long as we get our build up play sorted out.

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  • croftus5678

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #39

    @32 jesper

    i’ve hated the way we have done things under ashley !

    not all bad but still the majority has been so i’m close to the front when it comes to telling the world how much i’ve been let down while trying to be realistic about the team that pulls at my heart strings !

    and here comes the “but” ! our signings have been well well well above derby’s standard of player ! if we was to sign anyone it would only be the very best of their team as a squad player or an up and coming talent for the dev squad so i wouldnt expect us to sign anyone from them tbh.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40

    SPRINGY…I’ll agree on that.

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