It seems that Newcastle´s number one target for January as far as our defense goes is Joel Matip who will become a free agent – but there are two other good center backs who we were linked with last summer and are still being linked with.
Matip is the 23 year-old Schalke and Cameroon International center back and stands at 6´ 4¨ and will provide some much-needed height at the back for the team.
Robin Knoche – 23 year-old Wolfsburg center back
Two other center backs are Wolfsburg center back Robin Knoche and Marseille central defender Samuel Umtiti.
The Cameroon-born 21-year-old Umtiti has been at Lyon since 2001 and is highly rated in France and has played 7 times for the French U21 side.
Samuel doesn’t turn 22 until next month, but he has already played 143 games with 4 goals and 3 assists after making his debut in January 2012.
Umtiti can play at both center back and left back and he would be a good signing for Newcastle, but he wouldn´t come cheap.
We need at least one player who is very tall – and that´s not Samuel who stands 5´ 11¨ tall – about the same height as both of our current center backs – Coloccini and Mbemba.
Knoche stands 6´3¨ and has been at Wolfsburg since 2005 and came through the club´s Youth Academy.
Robin has played 92 times with 3 goals for the team since making his debut back in 2011 and played many games for the German U21 and U19 sides before coming into the first team.
The German U21 International would be a good signing for Newcastle, but he would be more expensive than Joel Matip.
Any one of these three center backs would be a good signing for Newcastle, but it seems Joel Matip is number one choice and if for some reason we cannot get him into the club then Umtiti and Knoche could be next in line.
What do you think?