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Newcastle Unlikely To Sign International Center-Back In January

3:28 pm, Friday, October 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 70 Comments

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.

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

70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:31 PM

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

  • 2 giimps // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:45 PM

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

  • 3 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Not a southerner! Yuck 🙂

  • 4 Rotonda heights // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:52 PM


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

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:54 PM


    only 7 out of 10 lol !!!!

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    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.

  • 7 barkel // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    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!

  • 8 giimps // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    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

  • 9 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM

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

    What obsession?

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Oct 23, 2015 at 4:21 PM


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

  • 11 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    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.

  • 12 Tinman // Oct 23, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Ibiza, Rotonda,

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

  • 13 Toon-Prodigy // Oct 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    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.

  • 14 davetoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Who says we are unlikely? Has Colo suddenly improved?

  • 15 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    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.

    Any particular reason why you’re tackling Polish?

  • 16 SPRINGY // Oct 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM

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

  • 17 SPRINGY // Oct 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM

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

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Oct 23, 2015 at 5:21 PM


    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.


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

  • 19 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    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.

  • 20 Rotonda heights // Oct 23, 2015 at 5:59 PM


    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.

  • 21 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    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?

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Oct 23, 2015 at 6:18 PM


    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.

  • 23 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    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.

  • 24 Ibizatoon // Oct 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    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”.

  • 25 lesh // Oct 23, 2015 at 6:54 PM

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

  • 26 lesh // Oct 23, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    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.

  • 27 lesh // Oct 23, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    * correction

    He joined Arsenal, not article.

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

  • 28 lesh // Oct 23, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    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.

  • 29 Ravostag // Oct 23, 2015 at 7:23 PM

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

  • 30 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 23, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    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

  • 31 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 23, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    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

  • 32 sing in the corner // Oct 23, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    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?

  • 33 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 23, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    My team
    Jan mbemba dummet mpou
    Tioti anita
    Sissoko perez gigi

  • 34 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 23, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Sign in the corner

    We short in options in that positions. Nothing else

  • 35 toon kk // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:03 PM

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

  • 36 sing in the corner // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    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

  • 37 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    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

  • 38 sing in the corner // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    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

  • 39 Shadow_Shearer // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    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

  • 40 Rotonda heights // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    still will never understand keeping tiote and selling abeid

  • 41 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    @sing in the corner

    Could it be that Tiote has always been rubbish and that Cabaye made him look good?

  • 42 jayphoto // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Wouldn’t shock me to see Keogh come in at some point! Don’t Taylor and Willo expire at the end of the season?? Club will try and move them on in jan i bet.
    Keogh is a more than able back up from what i’ve seen. Hes been one of the better defenders along with dunk in the championship.
    Don’t fancy Austin at all… Theres better strikers in the championship alone than him

  • 43 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:39 PM


    I remember McLaren did an interview where he said he thought Abeid was a good player but said he would hardly get game time so it was best to let him go

    Always wonder if that was a political decision by the club to sell him rather than a managers choice seeing as he was meant to be outspoken about tactics with Carver

  • 44 sing in the corner // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Possibly… I just think he’s another player who thought he was better than he was. Bit overrated then and has gone backwards. From the squad we have, I think it has to be Anita and Colback in the middle for Sunday. Thats not to say I think they’re a great partnership. Maybe Wij and Colback if Anita isn’t fancied

  • 45 Lindisfarne // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    IMO it is slightly harsh to be overly critical of players appearing in their first game of the season. Having said that it was noticable how MrT played a lot of 5 yard pass to and from Cabaye, he has either become indecisive or just unable to do much else other than tackle. A Williamson of the midfield if you will, but hopefully as his match fitness improves and the new spirit of playing the game provided by McC et al. will see him come on and earn a profitable transfer.

  • 46 Our Toon // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    The only way players get match fit is by playing games, Tiote may not be the force he once was but at least he brings protection for the back. 2nd half when he went off Norwich dominated the ball, Anita allowed Redmond to run off him and colo saved us with a last ditch tackle.

    I’m no fan of Tiote but I’d have him over Anita any day of the week.

  • 47 Our Toon // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Add to that we are playing a team which will go long at all opportunities, having a midget playing in CM as a DM who doesn’t track runners is a recipe for disaster.

  • 48 mindshaft // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    okay Ed has stopped posting for the night do a comment might be worthwhile

    Perez and fans number one …
    well clearly he’s going to say that but he’s also intimated if a top four team come in for me I’m away – I like Perez but he’s basically said the same as sissoko but not being an international it’s not constantly reported in the Spanish press ala Sissoko and French press

    Tiote vs Anita – I’ve seen nothing from Anita in our 8 losses that fill me with confidence – I’d prefer Tiote ( not that he’s been great ) as a defensive mid
    Abied- where has all this love come from … he wasn’t great ever – fair enough he could have developed but in the games he played I never saw this world beater , probably the opposite in the few games he played
    errr that’s it
    expecting a win on Sunday although I guess big Sam will have two banks of four playing deep lobbing balls over Collo and Mbemba – basically our weakest link

  • 49 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:45 PM


    I think that eventually will be the plan is to have Wij or Sissoko in the middle but with Thauvin struggling and Aarons always Injured its meant someone has to play left wing as a front 5 of :


    That would cause any team in the league problems then you could just have colback or Anita as the defensive mid till we can buy a new one in January

  • 50 Our Toon // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    As for Abeid I think the main reason he was sold is because he’s never been a holding midfielder, he’s a box to box or a no10 who filled in as DM for us. He’s always been an attacking midfielder!!

  • 51 Our Toon // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Lee bunga

    The problem with having just Anita or colback as sitting midfielders is that they aren’t capable of doing that nor are they good enough to do it. Colback will get booked on sunday and face a ban that’s one thing which is guaranteed

  • 52 Lindisfarne // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    My preferred side would be 433 but it would be entirely dependent on Gini and Socks putting in a major defensive shift. With either de Jong in front of them linking with Aarons, Perez and Mitro, or with one holding midfielder behind them for tougher games.

  • 53 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    If only Lascelles was premiership ready could have had him at the back with Mbemba or played him with colo and put mbemba in defensive midfield where be plays for his country and also quite a few games for Anderlecht

  • 54 Our Toon // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Laschelles will never be prem ready unfortunately, a dud deal for us!! We defo need to strengthen in January though.

  • 55 sing in the corner // Oct 23, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    SM – please act on the evidence of your eyes and make sure we play to our strengths, attack Sunderland. Not cautious, keep it tight for 20 mins etc. We look wobbly defending. Our players hitting a bit of form are Wij, Perez and Mitro, maybe ? Sissoko.
    Score more than them!

  • 56 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    @our toon

    Yeah agree with that its just a shame that we did not buy a proper midfielder in the summer especially when you look at players other teams bought who would have been perfect for the role

    I mean nzonzi for 7 million would have been a great deal hell even capoue on loan from spurs would have been an upgrade !!!

    Sissoko looks like he should be a central midfielder but is soft as shite the last derby he did not make a tackle and he was captain !!!

  • 57 toon kk // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Our toon
    tiote is pretty much useless, he also slows an already static team down. What does he actually add to the team? Apart from putting us at risk of being down to ten men with his filthy play. The mans a liability tbh.

  • 58 SUTTY1978 // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Sing, agree completely. We cant keep it tight we never do. Don’t give the players an excuse to ceed possession and initiative. They should be told to get out there and win it early. Get our fans singing, not theirs. The only thing the players should be told to keep a lid on is fouling.

  • 59 jane // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    not so surprising Shef Wed knocked us out the cup seeing their performance against Rotherham tonight. their manager rotates the squad a lot so they probably weren’t playing their reserves against us. since beating us they will have won 3 and drawn 2 if they win tonight and will be contention at the top at the top of the Championship so puts it into a little more perspective

  • 60 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Think this is the first derby in a while where we have won a game and are not in a bad way with injuries

    Pardew and carver tactics of trying to nick a goal and park the bus should be no more!! Press them from the start and get the early goal and they will crumble !!!

  • 61 jane // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    ouch Shef Wed player just lost a tooth in a collision. he’s been subbed and is inconsolable. never seen a player have a tooth knocked out.

  • 62 SUTTY1978 // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    I think Tiote’s yellow card clouded a lot of peoples judgement of his performance against Norwich. Some of his passing was excellent, better than anyone else that was on the pitch at the time. He also won header in CM, something which Anita has no chance of doing, actually I dont know what Anita does do, cant head, cant pass, cant tackle. Tiote for me. Would prefer them all sold and fresh blood bought in there though!

  • 63 The Newcastle Armchair // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Saw Daryl Janmaat today at the checkout in Kingston Park Tesco which was a nice surprise.

    Told him to make sure the lads get a win on Sunday. His lass wasn’t too bad either.

    Wasn’t too happy when I walked up to him with a nike ball and asked him to sign it haha

  • 64 SUTTY1978 // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Last time we scored six in a game was October 2011, later that October we put 5 past the Mackems. I’m hoping for a bit of history repeating….

  • 65 toon kk // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    the top and bottom of the problem we have so many weak links in the team, so we’re having to get by with players not up to the job.

  • 66 Owldman // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    All of you so called experts ! After Tiote got injured last season we went downhill big time Anita was crap & still is.Too lightweight Tiote doesn’t get knocked off the ball very often , dont think Cattermole enjoys playing against him.

  • 67 SUTTY1978 // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    I’d actually prefer Bigi plays over Anita. At least he has some pace and a decent shot on him, he offers something. Anita has had one decent game and that was West Ham at the end of last season. Other than that he’s done nothing.

  • 68 Rotonda heights // Oct 23, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    our toon

    i wouldn’t exactly say norwich dominated us 2nd half!!

  • 69 Our Toon // Oct 23, 2015 at 10:13 PM


    They dominated the first 10 /15 mins of the 2nd half in terms of possession, only when there manager made the daft change if taking tettey off did we get a foothold and the forth goal. They got 4 corners in a row were on top, poor management decision!!

  • 70 Our Toon // Oct 23, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Toon KK

    That’s the typical thing said about Tiote, his challenge wasn’t great, more rusty than anything else but he has the same amount of red in the league as mitrovic and Janmaat, less than Colo and has less yellows than Colback in an entire season. Tiote brings a bit more steel into the midfield, more of a battler than the soft centre which was exposed ruthlessly in previous games. His passing was actually quick and crisp especially when utilising Janmaat.

    He did have the odd error like getting caught out doing a turn but the ball should never have been played to him. Not as pretty or tidy as Anita with his chuckle brother imitation of “to me, to you” 2 yard passes. He just did a job which was not to allow them through the middle. Both goals came from our right if I’m correct, not centrally!!

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