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Newcastle Line Up Two Top Center Backs For January

3:58 pm, Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Newcastle will need to sign some players in the January window to strengthen the squad and hope to still be in the Premier League next season.

There is news in the Mail that Newcastle will try to bring two Bundesliga players in, and maybe the more physical nature of the Bundesliga will have the players from the that league be able to fit in quickly in the Premier League.

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Joel Matip – target for Newcastle in January

The two players who Newcastle are said to be trying to sign are 23 year-old defenders Joel Matip from Schalke and Robin Knoche from Wolfsburg.

Newcastle were after Schalke´s  Joel Matip in the summer and he will become a free agent next summer,  so it´s possible Newcastle could make an attempt to sign the Cameroon center back in January.

Robin Knoche plays for Wolfsburg and the 23 year-old is a German U21 International and would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle. He was at Wolfsburg when Steve McClaren went there in the summer of 2010.

Whether he will be available in January seems to be dependent on whether Wolfsburg will stay be in the Champions League at that time since the defender would not want to leave if that´s the case.

Both are tall physical center backs Joel being 6’4″ and Robin being 6’3″ so that should help correct one weakness and that is our inability to defend high crosses into the penalty box.

But the question now is why wasn´t one of these signed in the summer since central defense has been a weakness at Newcastle for at least three seasons.

Center back and striker are two positions Newcastle must strengthen in January if we are to be a Premier League side next season.

We hope Newcastle can get QPR striker Charlie Austin through the door in January – and early in January too.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    If we were to go about our business properly in the first place we wouldn’t need these panic buying expeditions in January.

    How long is it going to take for everyone inside the club to wake up and realise that we buy poor players? Poor players with no pace and players that are not able to stand up to the rigours of the EPL. £50 million was spent In the summer and we are no better for the additions.

    Defensively poor, attacking wise spineless and overall devoid of passion

  • 2 beefman13 // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Meaning we could have had them in the summer window but knew they would get them cheaper in the winter window, suffering again because.

  • 3 stuart no9 // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    stuart no9 // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    the problem we face now is trying to temp quality players to the club, lets face it if you knew you were good enough to attract decent clubs ,why would you sign for us??.
    Its a struggle now to get players specially if we are bottom by xmas . we wont get anyone decent

  • 4 toonicle // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Need CB and LB still. Huge gamble only signing one defender this summer and it’s certainly not paying off, Colo way off and Haidara is not a PL starter

  • 5 mfw13 // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    It’s all great to say, “we want to sign this or that player in January”.

    But why would any decent player want to sign for Newcastle?

  • 6 Jib // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Shit hitting the fan in Switzerland.
    Blatter and Platini getting their come uppence soon methinks

  • 7 JackButler // Sep 25, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    It’s got to the point where I don’t think many would trust Carr to sign the right players as he’s failed to do so on the majority of occasions and wasted so much money it’s no wonder we are in such a state and he can no longer hide behind the lack of funds as he wasted the vast majority of £50 million this past summer.

  • 8 mactoon // Sep 25, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Is this the same reliable source who said Austin was our number 1 target only for no bid to be placed?

  • 9 Ravostag // Sep 25, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    stable door and horse has bolted comes to mind

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