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This Is Newcastle’s Center-Back Target For January

8:37 am, Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

The Northern Echo is reporting this morning that Joel Matip the 23 year-old Schalke center back who will become a free agent next summer, is one of Newcastle’s top targets in January, and we were linked with Matip a number of times last summer.

We hope this report is accurate because Joel would be a great acquisition for us.

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Joel Matip – 23 year-old 6’4″ center-back

The 6’4″ center back has played for Cameroon 21 times and he joined Schalke 04 way back in 2000 and has played for them 226 times with 22 goals and 12 assists.

Newcastle talked to Schalke officials over the summer about their center back who can also play in defensive midfield and were pondering a £10M bid, but for whatever reason a formal bid was not lodged.

Joel should come at less than £10M in January although it remains to be seen if the German club are prepared to sell half way through the season.

As we reported yesterday Germany and Spain are the two major countries Newcastle are scouting at the moment and there is money to spend in January,

We would assume how much money is available would depend to some extent on where we are in the league table at the end of this year and if we are near the bottom we expect Mike Ashley to make significant funds available.

The last thing everybody wants at the club is another relation battle after what happened last season.

Matip made his first team debut for Schalke back in November of 2009 as an 18 year-old against Bayern Munich.

Joel was born in Bochum to a German mother and a Cameroonian father and Germany were keen for him to play for them, but Matip decided he wanted to play for Cameroon, and he made his debut for the African side in a friendly against Italy in March 2010.

Matip was in the Cameroon squad for both the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as a 19 year-old and in last year’s World Cup in Brazil.

He would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle if we can get him in and he would offer some height in central defense.

The other center back Newcastle are interested in is 6’3″ tall Wolfsburg defender, Robin Knoche, although it appears Matip is Newcastle’s number one target in January.

Comments welcome.

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

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Oct 1, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    just to add to the fitness/injury debate

    tiote. dummett, riviere, good, marveax are all hang overs from last season
    made of glass taylor is the only new long term injury the 6 are all short term and I think 3 of them were sustained in matches

    I don’t think there doing a bad job I agree we should be fitter but could it be there going a bit soft on them trying to find the limits so we don’t keep injuring players in training

    taylor shouldn’t even count

  • 2 WWSBRD // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Not sure he will be keen to join a club who are bottom quarter in the league but hey ho we can “dream” eh

  • 3 Jib // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Robin Knoche is out through ligament damage at the moment.

  • 4 martoon // Oct 1, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Hmm so if he is 23 now and joined them in 2000 he was only 8 years old – I thought Ed had made a typo but Wiki says the same – he must have been a talented 8 year old 🙂

  • 5 mfw13 // Oct 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Why would he want to come to Newcastle?

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