Newcastle Unlikely To Sign International Center-Back In January


There were reports in the summer that Newcastle were after 29 year-old Derby center back Richard Keogh who Steve McClaren knows all about because of his time at Derby, but we didn’t think in the summer that he would be a good signing for Newcastle.

The January transfer window is not too far away – just two months and it’s almost certain that Newcastle will need to bring in a  center back at that time.

richard keogh

Richard Keogh – 29 year-old Derby center back

We’d be very surprised if it’s Keogh and there are a few reasons for that.

First of all the center back we should be signing will be a replacement for captain Fabricio Coloccini – so bringing in a 29 year-old who’s never played in the Premier League doesn’t seem like that replacement.

Derby County only just missed promotion just over a year ago and at the moment are just one point out of 3rd place so we’d be very surprised if new Derby manager Paul Clement wants to lose one of his most experienced players in January.

Keogh has played at Stoke, Bristol City., Carlisle United, Coventry City and he joined Derby Count three years ago.

He’s also played on loan at Vikingur, Bristol City, Wycombe Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town – so at 29 he’s never played at the highest level.

It looks like Newcastle will go after players whose contracts run out in June and one of those that the Magpies are interested in is Schalke’s Joel Matip – who will be available for a decent fee in January.

We hope Newcastle are already working on trying to get Joel to the club in early January and another target should be Charlie Austin who we could get on the cheap – because his contract at QPR also runs out next summer.

If we only bring in Joel and Charlie in January – that will be a very good window for us because both can start producing almost immediately for Newcastle.

Austin, because he is a proven PL goalscorer and Joel because he’s used to physical football with his time in the Bundesliga.

Since Newcastle are still weak in defense and we are starting to score some goals finally – then Matip would be the top priority in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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70 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Who is this Charlie Austin guy? Any good, Ed?

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  • giimps

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Softy southerner mate, no chance of him venturing up norf.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Not a southerner! Yuck 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Ibiza

    No oi de este jugador se llama Charlie Austin.
    Quien es? Aunque creo que Ed lo sabe.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #5

    bladeuser

    only 7 out of 10 lol !!!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda…I don’t want to upset Jib by responding in my bad Spanish.

    I do wish Ed would let us know more about this unknown talent though.

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  • barkel

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Talking of obsessions, I don’t get why people get so fixated on some of the players we’re linked with. Take Matip for example, he was mentioned a couple of times and now he is someone we must have!

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  • giimps

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #8

    On the other hand , there’s a beast of a player from West sham supposed to be handy but injured a bit by the name of Candy Sharrol or something….. Used to be a toon fan but had his head turned by pound signs and bright lights…. Maybe worth a punt if someone could keep him away from beer injuries and women …..not for us though … We have Mitro

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda…Can you clarify what you meant by “Carrs obsession with Thauvin”?

    What obsession?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza

    Lo siento mucho. Parecio que el senor Carr habia persequido el jugador se llama Thauvin hace largo tiempo.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Rotonda…Still not going to reply in Spanish 🙂

    Fair enough. With regards to Thauvin, it does look like he’s called it wrong, however your original post, like some others on this site, seem to suggest it was Carrs insistance we get Thauvin, that stopped us getting other players, say a CB.

    I’m just not sure where the jump from scout recommends players for certain positions to scout says which order the club should prioritise positions comes from, as that is what it appeared you were implying.

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  • Tinman

    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Ibiza, Rotonda,

    Well played on the Spanish. A language I have wanted to learn. Battling with Polish right now though.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d be very happy with that window and bringing those two in Ed.

    Would be excellent.

    Another priority should be to shift Steven Taylor out and free up some wages, McClaren needs to look at his injury record he just dosn’t contribute at all and is a waste of a place in the squad.

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  • davetoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #14

    Who says we are unlikely? Has Colo suddenly improved?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Tinman…Really, for the time I’ve been in Spain, my Spanish is not good enough.

    Jail for Ashley sent me a great link recently, which might be worth checking out.

    http://www.duolingo.com

    Any particular reason why you’re tackling Polish?

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #16

    afternoon all
    everyone gettin abit of a squeaky arse for the match yet!!lol

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  • SPRINGY

    Oct 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #17

    cant see us signing this bloke tbh,think its just paper bollicks again

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 23, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza

    It just seems as if carr has had his heart set on Thauvin for about 4 years, even though his form has been poor and his attitude questionable.

    Interesting that wenger who rates Thauvin v highly has never made a move and surely 13M + the 7/8 M lost on Cabella would have seen a v good CB arrive.

    Tinman

    Fair play for Polish. I imagine that’s a pretty hard one to pick up.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda…I see these as two very seperate points.

    The first one, at this stage of what I’ve seen, I agree with you. Why was he being followed for such a long time with his poor form and questionable attitude, although the latter is somewhat news to me?

    It’s the last bit I’m still not getting, it’s not like we’re short on cash. For me, the club got the CB they wanted, under the conditions they were willing for the summer, in Mbemba.

    What would signing Thauvin have to do with signing another CB? Sorry, don’t mean to beat this one to death.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 23, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza

    I think with the emergence of Aarons, thauvin simply wasn’t a priority, especially for that kind of money, whereas a top CB most certainly was and still is.

    Swapping cabella for thauvin does not really seem to have solved anything as both don’t appear to have the necessary physical strength or mindset for the premiership, as sad as that seems to be the case and in Thauvin’s case it’s still very early days to judge but the vibes aren’t great so far.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Rotonda…It does seem we’re on a similar page as to the players we have and the positions we need to have filled. That isn’t what I’ve been asking though 🙂

    Why is it you feel Carrs pursuit of Thauvin (and Cabella before him) prevented the club from buying an additional CB to date?

    Have I completely misunderstood?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Ibiza

    With all the figures bandied about and the endless speculation it is hard to know if one scenario may impact the other.

    One day you hear we are after X,Y and Z and so for some astronomical figure and then you hear we can’t afford it unless someone is in the out tray.

    In the past we could routinely blame Ash for being tight, but splashing 50M+ in the summer has muddied the waters and only served to further confuse whatever the real agenda is here.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Rotonda…This is true, it’s often difficult to navigate through the swell of sh*te.

    The bits the club should and can be held accountable for are the bits they say though.

    Mcclaren has said there is a plan to re-build over the next 3 windows and that the summer window was just phase one. They are talking about the winter window, so one can reasonably assume there is still money available to spend, so logic dictates that same money was here in the summer.

    Since this new dawn of the Ashley era, the club have not commented, at least to my knowledge, of the need to sell before we can buy, so I see no reason for the fans to keep up that old mantra on their behalf.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #24

    I should add that I am aware of the squad restrictions, but I cannot accept, with some of the deadwood we have, and the potential fees we could recoup for them, that we can’t just release some if needed, rather than allow them to stall any progress.

    That is if these are new days, where we “make our own luck” and “spend and punch above our weight”.

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  • lesh

    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #25

    What on earth has the headline got to do with Keogh?

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  • lesh

    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #26

    This blog reminds me of the time there was a lot of speculation over Malcolm Macdonald’s future and the Chronicles poster read something like ‘Macdonald sensation – no comment!’.

    He joined article a short time after that.

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  • lesh

    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #27

    * correction

    He joined Arsenal, not article.

    Mickey Mouse phone – it was on special offer at Sports Direct…… alongside the water-damaged golf umbrellas!

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  • lesh

    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Rotunda, Ibiza

    Having spent £50m this summer, I can’t see another big spend this window – unless some money’s raised from player sales. I reckon the reported rebuild’ll continue over the next two summers.

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  • Ravostag

    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Hope not his mate Buxton is the better of the 2 and he can’t make the Derby side

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed, we are two days away from Derby game, & the confidence is higher on our end than there end despite the mackem winning 5 in a row. Let’s talk about the up coming game rather than unlikely transfers

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #31

    I would not start colback on Sunday, as he will be facing hostile atmosphere. Most I would give him is the last half an hour to replace tioti

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Can someone please tell me what they have seen in Tiote in the last year which means he should even be considered for a start on Sunday?

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #33

    My team
    Elliot
    Jan mbemba dummet mpou
    Tioti anita
    Sissoko perez gigi
    Mitrovic

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #34

    Sign in the corner

    We short in options in that positions. Nothing else

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  • toon kk

    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Tiote shouldn’t be starting any games yet, he’s not even match fit yet ffs. Hes far too slow anyway.

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Shadow
    Aye I agree there, its just I suspect picking Tiote will be what SAFC would want us to do. He’s off the pace and in my opinion too rash for this game

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry but Tiote was shite against Norwich if McLaren starts him on Sunday it will be a huge mistake !!

    Dummett also looked miles off the pace as well Norwich overloaded his side in the 2nd half which is where they got most of the joy from with Redmond would not fancy him playing against Lens and Yedlin on that right hand side they are both rapid !!

    We looked much more solid and looked better on the counter with Haidara and Anita on the pitch

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #38

    I think the growing clamour for Tiote to be hoyed in is based on a memory of what he used to be like. He’s been injured and sulking for too long and he looks very rusty. Needs more time to see if he can get back to fitness before being written off but i suspect he isn’t the same player mentally or physically as the one who played alongside Cabaye

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #39

    Only 3 players to play holding mid positions, anita, colback & Mr T. 4th choice is out of position goufran. Personally I’d rather play colo there than goufran. Which shows how much we really need to buy another holding mid in January

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #40

    still will never understand keeping tiote and selling abeid

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