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.

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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?

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