Over the summer months Newcastle were linked with a number of center-backs from the continent and they included 24 year-old 6’4″ Joel Matip of Schalke and 23 year-old 6’6″ Jannik Vestergaard of Werder Bremen.
There are reports in Germany today that Werder Bremen are in trouble with their finances and they may be willing to sell their star defender in the January transfer window with Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham said to be the clubs interested.
Jannik Vestergaard of Werder Bremen
Vestergaard only joined Werder Bremen from Hoffenheim in January and the player said in the summer he was happy at the German club.
If one thing is clear with the Newcastle team at the moment is that we are weak in defense and we have already conceded 22 goals in only 10 games and the center of our defense has been a weakness for some time now.
So most of us are hoping that Newcastle will bring in a top center-back in January, and that player has to be tall (or a really good header of the ball) since one of our weaknesses in the defense is with crosses.
Both of our current first team center-backs – Coloccini and Mbemba – are only 6′ tall.
With that height they were man mountains back in the 1960s, but these days we have players 6’7″ and even taller and 6” is now not particularly tall – especially at a position like center-back.
German publication Bild are reporting that Werder Bremen have posted a €6M (£4.3M) loss for the last financial year and they have been in a weak financial situation for some time now.
So it could well be true that Werder Bremen may be willing to listen to offers for their player come January and we would hope that Newcastle would be interested.
However, maybe a better deal for Newcastle is to go after Joel Matip of Schalke – with the Cameroon International’s contract running out in June – and Newcastle may be able to get a sweet deal for the powerful defender.
What do you think?