AC Milan Enter Race For Newcastle Target

There are reports coming out of Italy that AC Milan will join the race to try to sign Inter-Milan center back Andrea Ranocchia in January, after he has lost his place in the Inter side and is no longer captain.

Andrea doesn’t seem to be wanted by Inter coach Roberto Mancini, and it looks like he will be on his way during the January transfer window.

Andrea Ranocchia

Andrea Ranocchia – 27 year-old Italian International

The Italian International center back joined Inter from Genoa in January of 2011 and he has made a total of 161 appearances with 9 goals for Milan club and has 20 full caps for Italy.

It’s fairly rare for Italians to want to leave their home country to play elsewhere,  but Ranocchia is a good player and could help strengthen the Newcastle defense in January.

Our defense seems to be as leaky as ever this season with 17 goals already conceded in eight Premier League games and having shipped six goal at the Etihad last Saturday

Tottenham and Southampton are the other two Premier League clubs interested in signing the 27 year-old.

There are rumors that Ranocchia would prefer to stay in Italy so if the news on AC Milan is accurate he could make the move over to the other Milan club.

The Italian is 6’5″ tall and would add some height, skill and resilience to Newcastle’s central defense, something we are sorely missing at the moment.

6’4″ Joel Matip of Schalke and 6’3″ Robin Knoche of Wolfsburg are other center backs Newcastle have been linked with in the January transfer window.

If Newcastle cannot start winning some games shortly the upcoming transfer window will be extremely important if we are to retain our Premier League status.

What do you think?

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70 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Oct 9, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Is Carr looking at these players ?

    Let’s face it we have struggled to get any of our top targets. If another club is after them they usually go there.

    If we are languishing down the bottom it does make it much harder to get them.

    Never seem to learn and we are definitely paying for not strengthening our defence

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    The story from the Mirror a few articles back is slightly worrying.
    I hope there is not a case for harrassment to be answered by Northumbria police , moreover with a slight hint of racism.
    I hope this is not the reason for these two players disaffection with Newcastle (club or city)

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3




  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Average contents ,
    Just added a few Aussie dollars onto the climb fund.
    If only some of the well paid ” stars “at st james had the little lads heart n guts this blog would be much easier to read on a Sunday morning
    Good luck

  • Thump

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Fine. Go for Matip.

  • DaraghL

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Just arrived in work an hour late after last nights heroic Irish performance!

    It amazes me that a team with a defence of Shay Given (Stoke sub) / Darren Randolph (West Ham sub), Cyrus Christie (Derby), Richard Keogh (Derby), John O’Shea (Scum), Stephen Ward (Burnley sub) could hold the Germans yet our side our can’t hold Sheffield Wednesday.

    Martin O’Neill in!

  • jayphoto

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    not fussed by that mirror article. Tiote has driving endorsements coming out of his ears and previous experience tells me if you’re under 30 and driving a flash car, the more expensive a car, the more you get pulled over. Remember when I was about 25 and had a Mondeo ST200, must have been stopped and pulled over every 10-15 days for 2 years. I’ve got no points or endorsements either was purely becase I was a young looking guy in an expensive car

  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    6DaraghL // Oct 9, 2015 at 10:21 AM
    Yes it’s amazing what you can achieve when you…
    1. Have lads at the back talking and actually aware of what’s going on
    2. Giving a shit/ passion
    3. Not playing 2 7 1 formations at home and hoping to ” nick one” with a striker who no longer wants to be here

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Watching the Liverpool presser on SSN.
    By gum this fellow Juergen Klop is impressive
    Fluent English and he’s got the journos eating out of his hand and laughing already.
    A journo said Mourinho call himself ” The special one ” what are you ?
    “The normal one ”
    followed by gales of laughter

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    one fine day

    Wondered who that was lol, cheers mate.

  • geordiestuckinleeds

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    It’s all well an good talking about January but due to the European championship the season is weighted towards the first half and if we can’t get out this mess in the next 6 games.. think we need to win at least 3 of them if not 4 then I feel this season is when we get relegated. If mitro and perez plat 25 games plus together we should have the threat but we need to reduce the goals per game a lot. It’d at over 2 including man c and about 1.6 before that… you can’t rely on 2 goals per game to win a game

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    I watched the game on RTE2 and they were saying the same.
    Liam Brady however sounded a word of caution that ONeill only gets up for games when it suits him , he’s very hit and miss and was so at Celtic and the Scum as well.

  • runheed

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Daragh. Passion. Passion and character. There’s an empty space where that should be in wor team. Unfortunately, that space is being filled at the moment with goals, goals for the opposition.

  • jayphoto

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    @Jib – I love Klopp! He’s even funnier in German.
    Gutted that he’s Liverpool manager and not at Newcastle but on £7m a year he was never in our price range. So pleased that the premier league has replaced boring deluded Brendan Rodgers with such a personality and character, will only be good for entertainment value. Be interesting to see him go up against Mourinho and Wenger! Add Pep into the mix at man city next summer and the Premier league will be fantastic!

  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Average contents ,
    Welcome mate
    Good on the little lad

  • jayphoto

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    @Darragh – I think the lack of pressure helped Ireland last night. No one expected them to win. They’ve never been short of heart and fight the irish, hope they make it to the euros…. imagine a group stage of England, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland…. Its the one time I could cope with UEFA being a bit corrupt if they make that happen. It would guarantee them big revenue and 6 too hot to handle qualifiers….

  • lochinvar

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has described the Anfield job as “the biggest challenge” in world football.


  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    Jay photo,
    Yes fantastic to watch
    Sadly I think we will be watching from the championship
    Such is life and yes I think we were Taylor made for klopp
    Sleeping giant
    Huge passionate fan base
    Massive challenge
    Had we shown any ambition last season and actually talked to the guy this season could be very different and we would not be reading eds endless Pardue/ Austin articles

  • davetoon

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Is Klopp really on £7m a season? I thought Mourinho only on £6m

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 9, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed, quite often I have to read through a load of intro to get to the nub of your articles. The headlines don’t always help and are sometimes questionable. Just earlier, you were headlining Makro’s alarming decision? I had to deduce that you referring to the inclusion of Gouffran. Why? Because he didn’t have a good game and was subbed on 66? What’s alarming about that? I heartily recommend Harold Evan’s “Newsman’s English”.

  • cyprus

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Must be hard moving from Milan to Newcastle, tbh.

    How many Italian players have we had. btw?

    We do need a CB and a LB… And a LB… wait a minute. That’s everywhere!

  • cyprus

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #22

    One LB should read RB

  • DaraghL

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #23

    Aye some good points raised lads. Was all about passion I’m well aware and would give anything to see 11 players in a Newcastle jersey play like that.

    Not like you could say they were playing for their country, half of them are Brits 😛

    Jib – Ye I was watching RTE aswell. They would moan at anything in fairness. We have conceded 5 goals in 9 games in a group involving Lewandowski & Mueller.

  • jayphoto

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #24

    @one fine day – The Pardew/Austin articles are always frustrating. Sometime’s feel like the only one who remembers Pardew’s time here and how god awful it was. Williamson over Yanga-Mbiwa. Gouffran and, well anyone over Ben Arfa, Cisse (who’s only talent is one touch finishing) playing right mid. Defense camped on the 18 yard line…. Long balls to 5 ft strikers…. Don’t give a monkeys what he’s doing at Palace, he’s been lucky enough to inherit a team with a very set solid back 4, rapid wingers, a minimum expectation fan base at a team that he was a cult hero at as a player ironically because he was so bad but scored an important goal.
    At Newcastle he was dire.
    Also, did anyone watch Charlie Austin last year… he’s a poor mans Cisse. Had more shots than any player last season, actually had one of the worst shots to goals ratios… take away the penalties and his goal record isn’t that great in the Premier league. Has awful hold up and link up play. Theres a reason no premier league club took a chance when hes English and relatively cheap and theres a reason players like Jamie Vardy and Danny Ings get England call ups ahead of him despite his better goals record…

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25


    AC Milan enter race for Newcastle target

    Opening Paragraph

    “There are reports coming out of Italy that AC Milan will join the race to try to sign Inter-Milan center back Andrea Ranocchia in January, after he has lost his place in the Inter side and is no longer captain.”

    Accompanied by a foto od the player in question

    Blackley what is so confusing about that , are you a bit on the dim side ?

    Could I recommend

  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Jay photo
    Agree 100%
    From previous
    So the fact Northumbria police may have a case of harassment to answer ?
    Nothing to do with two heavily out of form players who are with agents looking for a get out and agents advising them to do anything to stay topical?
    Playing the race card?seriously?
    Never recall les asprilla or Andy cole being hounded out of the city by either fans or Northumbria police
    Jesus man ..

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Once again you show your dimness. Once again you fail to read. I say “quite often”. I didn’t say in this particular case. I referred to a previous article as an example. So why are you referring to the latest article? Yes, the latest article would be relevant if I had said “every time”. But I didn’t and if you weren’t quite so dim you would see that. Googling can only take you so far.

  • Jib

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    On the subject of self absorbed psychopathic posters , could folk keep the pops at Ed to a minimum , if you don’t like his articles get off yer fat asses and set up a blog yourselves – Oh what’s that ? – “I don’t have the time” says Blackley “I haven’t got the technical nous” says One Fine Day
    In that case STFU

  • John Tudor

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    condescending twerp

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #30

    As you can’t answer criticism of your own dimness, you decide your best tactic is to support Ed. Are you dictating that we can’t constructively criticise anything? NUFC, this blog, your google searches …? What’s wrong with making criticism? I’m hardly criticising Ed’s work in the way Ed criticised and will forever criticise John Carver’s. Or is Carver fair game forevermore and ad nauseum?

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Jib Jibberish ( the blog pest and part-time multiple).
    I must say Jib/Jeff/Jane – you are good for a daily laugh.
    Your denials at being a multiple were again exposed as fraudulent when you again addressed a post to Jeff in your guise as Jib. Second time you’ve done it -if I recall correctly. Rather dim of you I would have thought.
    You highlight your warped sense of beliefs by suggesting an element of racism by the police in respect of the Cisse – car/driving shenanigans. Cannot see where you plucked that one from -especially following your recent zenophobic outbursts on here.
    Please do us all a favour and clear off to the Ladies Wrestling Forum.

  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #32

    Ever thought of setting up your own blog?
    I can see many benefits for all.
    Pardue’s career can be discussed at greater length than should ever be necessary ..and at least we know you’d have at least three regulars .:)
    Blogs are about different opinions ..I I thought that that pretty obvious and I’m sure Ed knows that .
    More differing opinions ,more traffic,more revenue .
    Traffic is welcome but I think even Jeff/ jane can see no one likes a car crash

  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #33

    Drive on Jeffrey

  • croftus5678

    Oct 9, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #34

    yes please any of those 3 cb’s will do fine for us !

    sissoko should be moved into cm also imo and be part of any two of sissoko/colback/wijnaldum imo ! anita as a 4th choice at a push but tbh i think bigi can do just as good a job as anita at the fraction of the cost.

    siem should be played as a striker but tbh i’m really losing patience with him as he cant hit the target anymore for some unknown reason so atm he’s my 4th choice and i’d not be upset if he was to go tbh.

  • jayphoto

    Oct 9, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #35

    I think the fact that McClaren started Sissoko wide and Gouffran central is very telling. There was actual options wide. Thauvin could have come in, or Obertan but SM went with a forward out of position in Gouffran over Sissoko in the central.
    I think sissoko could stand from being dropped for a few games. Might see him come off the bench looking to prove a point or too….. Constant call ups to the French squad don’t help his delusion either. Even the French can’t understand how he’s getting called up. He’s effectively for france what Gouffran/Willo are to NUFC

  • lesh

    Oct 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #36

    So, Klippety Klopp signed for Liverpool just four days after Rodgers was sacked?

    And friend Charnley pi$$ed about with Carver then McVlaten for what, some seven months after Pardew’s departure.

    There’s a stark message there for Ashley – what a difference some ambition between the two clubs’ owners. Either be professional and driven to win on the field by signing up an MD who’s decisive or sell the club to someone who is.

  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #37

    On siem.. Really am starting to wonder just what is it we do to players ?
    How many talented players seem to arrive in the mist of stellar careers and leave us shattered ?
    Injuries I understand arn’t helping the guy
    Watched him take the p@ss out of man city playing for Ajax and now wonder what happened to that player as we have yet to see anything that resembles him since he pulled on our shirt

  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #38

    What goes klipety klopp klipety klop bang klipety klopp ?

  • one fine day

    Oct 9, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #39

    A drive by shooting carried out by the Amish community …..
    I’ ll get me coat

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Oct 9, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #40

    “New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has described the Anfield job as “the biggest challenge” in world football.


    Exactly that…..possibly of the easiest jobs around. Squad full of world class stars that’s been underperforming for years.

    Come here then I will show you problems.


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