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Newcastle´s Reported Interest In English Center-Back

9:51 pm, Sunday, September 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

The Sun are reporting today that Newcastle are interested in signing 22 year-old Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, the former Manchester United youngster who signed on at Burnley last January after spending the first half of last season on loan at The Clarets.

Newcastle are likely to bring in a centre-back and a striker in January and the number of players Newcastle will sign will probably depend on what position we are in the league by then.

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Michael Keane – Newcastle interested in the Burnley central defender

Although Newcastle put on a display of courage and guts and quite a bit of skill yesterday against Chelsea, the PL Champions  were able to come back from two goals down to draw the game – scoring their two goals in the last 11 minutes of play after Perez and Wijnaldum had put us two goals ahead.

So while it was a good performance we still don´t have our first league win and are still in 19th place with 3 points from the first seven games played.

But there are still 13 league games to play by January 2nd so there´s ample opportunity to start picking up points and moving up the league table – which is what we need to do – the sooner the better.

Newcastle have already been linked with 23 year-old Schalke center back Joel Matip and 23 year-old Wolfsburg center back Robin Knoche, who are both tall powerful defenders.

The advantage that Keane would have is that he played in the Premier league last season for Burnley and he would come to terms with playing for Newcastle a lot more quickly than the two players from the Bundesliga.

This is not a new story and initial reports of Newcastle´s interest came out a couple of weeks ago.

Everton would be interested in signing Keane but only if they allow John Stones to leave in January, and since they have turned down some huge offers from Chelsea for Stones in the summer why would they change their minds and sell him in January?

Michael played for Steve McClaren for a couple of months in November of 2013, while McClaren was the manager at Derby County so the head coach at Newcastle is well aware of how good he is, and Newcastle are now supposed to be the favorites to sign this player.

Michael has played for the U17 Ireland side because of his Irish ancestry, but he has also played for the England U19, U20, and U21 sides – playing 16 times with 3 goals for the England U21 side.

We think Michael would be an excellent buy and it will be good to have the 6´ 2¨ tall Englishman in the Newcastle squad.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Has anyone seen ben arfa goal from tonight? What a goal. He’s got 6 goals in 8 games for Nice, against St Etienne away nice won 4-1 with a double from the Greggs loving Arfa who must have joined slimming world!!

  • 2 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    HBA is like Pardew in that it’s only a matter of time before it all blows up and falls apart. Great player but an attitude from hell.

  • 3 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Santon, Mbiwa and Hatem left at wrong time. They wld have been so good under Mcca.

  • 4 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    will die for the toon army

    Two I agree with
    However MYM admitted in an article in the Italian press that the EPL scared the shit out of him.

  • 5 lesh // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Our Toon

    If this Ben Arfa or whatever’s that good, you can bet your boots that Carr’ll be on the case and we’ll have him signed up in January.

  • 6 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Its interesting to see where Dummett is going to play.

  • 7 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    A lot of our French imports have had great success while playing in France, however, the EPL is a different animal. Mapou, Marveuax, Gouffran, Rivière, Obertan, Cabella and Thauvin have all stood out at one time or another while playing over there but have all failed to live up to expectations over here although it’s early day with Thauvin.

    And Mapou is now back in France

  • 8 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:35 PM


    We r unlucky recently but some have come abd succeeded. I think we r jst buying the wrong ones.

    Ginola, Robert, Perez, Henry, Anelka etc.

  • 9 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Out of your list I still hold out hope for Riviere ,Thauvin and Marveaux , R & M for their injury probs and Tow Van as you say early doors

  • 10 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Will die.

    Agree mate, it’s the type of players we go after that’s the issue. Wenger has proven what can be bought from France, but Carr goes for the wrong type imo. A lot of them are not strong enough to deal with this league while the pace of it catches the others out

  • 11 jimmysmith // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    That side, apart from Colo, simply because of age, and Mbabu because of inexperience, looks the core of a capable squad. Others such as De Jong, Thauvin, Rivierre, Marveaux, Haidarra, Lascelles, Aarons, still have much to do, to cement a place in the group, others like Willo, Taylor, Cisse, Gouffran, Obertan look to be on their way out.

    There’s little reason to not take the club at it’s word regarding goals and ambitions. The side did play some lovely stuff at times, and did put in a shift. Everybody did well. It will continue to buy young, quality players and some will do better than others, but overall the team will progress and the squad. will change over the next few windows and we will push on, this seems increasingly clear, as much as anything ever is in football. In the short term, the side needs to show up week in week out, and that’s going to be a tough ask, when injuries and suspension force McC to turn to players, who know they don’t feature in the clubs longer term plans.

  • 12 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:40 PM


    Time will tell I guess and maybe under SM they can prosper but I’m not gonna hold my breath tbh

  • 13 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:40 PM


    Our french imports have struggled but others clubs french imports haven’t struggled. Says more about us than the the french league mate. Don’t see Payet having any issues, or Gomis or ayew or martial. I could go on but we’d be here a while. As for the attitude problem hba had whilst being here…..he didn’t like pardews tactics I think we all had the same issues. Does that mean we also have attitude problems?

  • 14 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Anyway enjoy the goal no matter what problems the lad had here or any player has anywhere goals like that are with the entrance fee alone!! Catch up with yous tomorrow

  • 15 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    I think Mcca will get the players playing well agsin. He is a good coach and he is at the right club. MA and Lee really give coaches time.

  • 16 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Our toon

    HBA has had issues at every single club he’s been at, not just under Pardew. He’s a talent but his attitude has dogged him everywhere he’s ever been, the lad even went on strike to get his move here

  • 17 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:49 PM


    I know hos history you don’t need to tell me, he didn’t go on strike here is the point I’m making, he was forced out in a shameful way. His issue here was the same issue we all had…..pardew. he didn’t refuse to play for us, he didn’t go on strike, he questioned the managers tactics after being made a scapegoat for the umpteenth time and was exiled. I agree he’s been a trouble some player everywhere else though!!

  • 18 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Rather Cabaye back then HBA

  • 19 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    We have good attacking players. Ian Cathro shld find a way to use them. What we need is:
    1. Starting LB
    2. Starting CB to replace Colo
    3. Backup Striker to replace Cisse
    4. A new Winger to replace Sissoko.
    5. A new CM.

    Other players will come from tge academy and we have so many players still to prove themselves.

  • 20 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Cabaye hasn’t done much in his return has he. Took a good pen today though but anonymous all game

  • 21 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    We r going to be great again.

  • 22 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:54 PM


    Disagree about Mbiwa not being able to hack it in the PL, he showed himself as a top talent whilst playing over in Roma and excelling at CL level. I genuinely think he was mismanaged whilst at the club and could have been a top player had he been given a chance here.

    His being back in France isn’t an indicator for me that he can’t cut it at the top level.

    Admittedly I do agree with the sentiment of your statement and the other players listed 😉

  • 23 Tsunki // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Jeff show me all the times I’ve used the phrase then. And even then, if it’s in connection with you it’s accurate every time because you are a snide nit picking pedant who does exactly that, and what’s worse is you push yourself under your own wheels. And as far as being juvenile is concerned, acting as you do like the smarmy teachers pet, you’ve got no room to move on that score – so go polish your apple.

  • 24 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    All the players that left I miss Santon. Never did anything wrong was jst pushed out.

  • 25 Tsunki // Sep 27, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Never did much at all unfortunately. Italian Dummet.

  • 26 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Our Toon
    Pretty sure he has been far better than our current midfield even with barely playing a game since he left us

  • 27 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    If MYM was so good at Roma why did they sack him off so quickly?

  • 28 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:06 PM


    If given a choice I’d choose Wijnaldum over cabaye everyday of the week…..and if he was here I’d doubt he be any better than he’s been at palace which so far is not good at all.

  • 29 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Our Toon
    Cabaye inst a number 10 nor a winger not sure why it’s a case of either or he’d of put Anita back where he belongs and we would have more points right now

  • 30 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Wijnaldum is way better than Cabaye. All the siginings we made r good. Thauvin scares me but let me hop he can get good.

    In Aarons and Thauvin we have good wingers but it’s all down to Cathro to get the best out of them.

  • 31 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:15 PM


    By his own abmition Mapou struggled in this league, Pardew did enough things wrong here without blaming him for things that were not his fault, and if he was so good at Roma then why is he back in France???

  • 32 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:15 PM


    Can’t say I know the ins and outs at all. Perhaps he himself was actually keen to go back to France? He was a first team player for the year he spent at Roma so it wasn’t because they didn’t value him.

    On the Santon debate – he was a dreadful player. Positionally atrocious and contrary to popular belief, offered next to nowt going forward. A waste of a shirt in my opinion. Wasn’t sorry to see him go but the way the club treated him was shoddy in my books.

  • 33 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:17 PM


    As I said, MYM played over 30 games in his season at Roma and they finished 2nd in the league. He was valued there significantly more than he was here – where he never had more than 4/5 games consecutively at centre half.

    Pardew was absolutely at fault for M’biwa not making it at our club.

  • 34 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Mcca took a risk on Colo Obertan Willo Taylor Goufrann Marveux Rivere. We await Rivere and Marvuex. I think Colo will take us thru e season and will be back up his last season.

  • 35 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    How can anyone say Winni is better than Cabaye, the latter was arguably our best player when here and Winni has been here for a few weeks and because of our form he’s not done a great deal, maybe in time he will prove to be a better signing but right now there’s no comparison between the two.

    Or are people going off what he did in Holland?

  • 36 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:19 PM


    So why did they get rid of him?

  • 37 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:20 PM


    Wijnaldum isn’t a winger mate, he can either play as a no 10 or as a box to box midfielder, same positions as cabaye. He played out wide against chelsea because the others have been shite. Dutch lads are known to be very versatile as they have no positions as kids.

    Cabaye was good when he was here but since then he’s been rotting on a bench for 2 years and it shows in his performances for palace. The lads 30 or going to be 30 soon he would have been a disaster in this team as it already lacks pace

  • 38 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Roma couldn’t of rated him that highly bud he left for pretty much what the paid for him after a little amount of time. He was alright came in at the wrong time and didn’t have the attitude to improve in the PL for me

  • 39 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    Cabaye was energetic. Good at shooting and deadballs.

  • 40 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:22 PM


    I’m going off his talent, what he’s done previously and from performances this season. Would you have preferred cabaye to wijinaldum this summer?

  • 41 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Our toon

    Just like Winni, Cabaye would have struggled in this side, but one is a proven PL player the other is not

  • 42 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Cabaye was energetic… he struggles to get up the pitch and back

  • 43 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    I cant wait for Willo, Taylor, Obertan, Goufrann,,Cisse and Tiote to leave our Club. Sissoko aint far off that list.

  • 44 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    will die
    How has McClaren taken a risk on them?

    Our Toon
    Cabaye played in our midfield, in a similar role to Anita when Pardew didn’t have the ball sailing over his head he was a play maker and a far better one that what we have now. Ur point was they couldn’t play together when clearly they could Gini no 10 or on the wing and Cabs dictating play from the centre

    And let’s no be ageist eh? Ashley’s view of experience isn’t particularly good so let’s not get dragged down that hole with him

  • 45 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:28 PM


    In a struggling team Wijnaldum has already done more than cabaye who’s playing in a team which isn’t struggling yet. So why is the “proven” premier league player struggling or not outclassing the unproven premier league player?

    As for the debate mourinho came out and said very few can play in Chelsea’s midfield from other teams in this league but he thinks wijinaldum could as he has all the attributes that would make him a success. Maybe mourinho doesn’t know what he’s talking about it either

  • 46 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:31 PM


    When cabaye played in our midfield he had a very good Tiote in there who could help win the ball back. If we had that type of Tiote now then wijinaldum would be in midfield with him playing the same role as cabaye did. The problem is Anita and Colback ain’t as good as Tiote was in that role back then.

    Anyway I’m defo off now will reply to all in the morning have fun people

  • 47 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Our toon

    You must be just about the only person to think Cabaye is struggling at Palace tbh

  • 48 will die for the toon army // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Mcca will get these players playing again.
    1. We have balance at the front. Perez and Mitrovic compliment each other.
    2. At CM.Anita and Colback play well together. Wijnaldum jst didnt work out with either at Wednesday Watford and Chelsea second half. Wijnaldum shld remember how to play Wing.
    3. CB. Colo and Mbemba go good wen it comes to floor football. Put that ball in the air goals will flow in. Mbemba needs a Strong tall CB next to him to complement him.

  • 49 WWSBRD // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    More those black and white specs he is sporting Id imagine

  • 50 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:35 PM


    For someone who’s excelling at palace you’d think he’d have more of an impact than he’s had, 1 goal from open play and a pen today. 1 assist if that hardly setting the league alight is he?

    Wwsbrd – I’m not being ageist mate it makes a big difference when you’ve spent 2 years on the bench and at 30 try to kick start your career again.

  • 51 Our Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:36 PM


    Aye we will see at the end if the season who’s had more of an impact. Enjoy!!

  • 52 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 11:41 PM


    Those specs have a lot to answer for mate

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