Newcastle Look To Strengthen The Defense in January

Newcastle will be looking to strengthen the defense this January in the upcoming transfer window and this is something we should have done in the summer, but it seems that Steve McClaren is counting on Fabricio Coloccini to produce for Newcastle this season,  in the center of Newcastle´s defense.

Two of the weaknesses in the Newcastle defense seem to be at center back and at left back.

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Joel Matip – Schalke and Cameroon International

Newcastle checked out  a number of center backs over the summer and one player Newcastle could go after is Schalke’s 24 year old 6ft 4ins tall Joel Matip, whose contract runs out next June.

Joel will be available at a reduced price in January and Newcastle may want to make a decent offer for him and get him in at that time.

With players taking some time to adapt and settle in at Newcastle, we should be bringing players in  over the January transfer window.

Graham Carr is reported in the Mirror to have watched Lyon’s 21-year-old central defender Samuel Umtiti last Wednesday night, and he has been on Newcastle’s radar screen now since early last year.

Umtiti is 5ft 11ins tall and has played 139 times for Lyon with 4 goals and 3 assists.

Samuel has played for all the French youth sides through U21 level (47 total appearances at all levels)  and he was born in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Another player who we’ve been watching is 23 year-old Dutch International Joel Veltman who plays at Ajax and there’s a possibility he could be added to Dutch contingent in January.

If the Netherlands don´t qualify for the Euro 2016 Championships in France next summer, that may leave the door open for Newcastle to tempt him to leave Ajax half way through the season.

We also need another striker brought in over the January transfer window, but that seems a no-brainer with Charlie Austin available at a cut price, with his contract running out next June at QPR.

That’s assuming we are not in the bottom three in the league table at that time because then it could ba more difficult to attract good players.

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