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Three Players For £20M In January – Good Value

11:22 pm, Sunday, December 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 63 Comments

Even though results seem to be improving at Newcastle – we got 3 points from the first 8 games and have 13 points from the next 8 games – Newcastle must still invest in the January transfer window.

We would like to see a center-back, left back, central midfielder, winger and striker brought in – but it will be almost impossible to get five quality players in those positions next month.

But there will a chance to bring in players who will become free agents in the summer, when their clubs can get something for them in January and nothing in the summer once their contracts run out.

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24 year-old Joel Matip – Schalke center-back

There are three players we would be very happy to see brought in next month – two are Englishmen with good Premier League experience and one is a German League player who should be well suited to the physical Premier League.

Here are the three we are talking about with their approximate transfer fees next month.

24 year-old Joel Matip – center-back – Schalke – £5M – shown above

We were said to be after 24 year-old defender in the summer for about £10M and that fee would be cut in half in January, since he will become a free agent at the end of June.

The 6’4″ Cameroon International would be well suited to the physical football in England.

As well as being a dominant center-back Joel can also play in defensive midfield so we could use him in both those positions.

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24 year-old Andros Townsend – – winger – Spurs – £8M 

We have been credited with an interest in the England International winger and if the news reports are to be believed we may be close to an £8M permanent deal for Andros in January.

Andros has speed, skill and can both make and score goals and he would be an excellent addition to the Newcastle team.

He is also keen to get into the England squad for the Euro 2016 next summer in France so he would be motivated to do well at Newcastle.

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26 year-old Charlie Austin – striker – QPR – £7M

It’s a continuing soap opera with Charlie – now it’s about whether he will or will not be available in the January transfer window, but we think QPR could well cash in on their star striker as they get further away from the playoff positions in the Championship.

Newcastle were strongly linked with Charlie in the summer and if we bid for him we think he would be keen to ply his trade on Tyneside.

QPR were asking £15M for a player who will be a free agent at the end of June and so £7M would seem like a good deal for both parties.

We would expect all three players to immediately go into the first team or at the very least challenge strongly for a first team starting position – which is what we want to see with most of our January acquisitions.

There are three players for £20M and when you consider we brought in four players in the summer for around £52M – these are very good value for Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Dec 13, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    But Charlie whatsisname might not want to join us- he may have bigger suitors who’s be prepared to pay more for his signature.

  • 2 Belfast // Dec 13, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    I just New Charlie Austin would be in there somewhere haha

    Don’t think we’ll be signing anybody to be honest. Maybe if we sell Cisse we might buy a striker, but that will be it.

  • 3 lesh // Dec 13, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Anyway, we don’t need to sign anyone in those positions as Colo, Sissoko and the dynamic duo of Mitro and Perez showed we’re quite well equipped – or so Charnley would have it!

  • 4 Lindisfarne // Dec 13, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Last weekend was really good, today was blinding.
    Just goes to show that you lose as individuals but win as a team. As Schtevie said, “its down to the players performing on the field” and thankfully something has at last clicked.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Dec 13, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Ed the majority of folk (probably) do not want Townsend – including myself.

  • 6 jimmysmith // Dec 13, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Benching Mitro and Perez has lit a fire under the pair of them, and given the side two new players in DeJong and Cisse. All of a sudden, the side looks strong and bench looks deeper. De Jong in particular has made a big difference. I think we need a top CB and a top LB in January to see us through till the off season when we can them complete the rebuilding.

  • 7 switch365 // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:03 AM

    First and foremost, having finally succeeded in buying a quality cb in the form of Mbemba, we desperately need to finish creating a defence with a partner for him and a decent lb.
    THEN and only then should other places be looked at.

    We’ve pissed about as a club for far far too long when it comes to defenders and to do so once again would be ridiculous to the extreme.
    16 games, 31 goals against … absolutely piss poor in any book.
    £20m would get Willems, Matip and Shelvey.

  • 8 OneAlanShearer // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Unless we get bargains I can see them thinking we are ok after today’s result. The problem is it only takes a few injuries and we are in a right mess. We need a bare minimum of 3 players ideally 6.

    Centre back.
    Defensive midfield playmaker.

    Then goal keeper, full back cover/left back, winger.

    The main problem is central midfield anita is trying as is colback but I’d prefer those two rotated with a better option taking the spot.
    A younger option at centre back solid to build on.
    An experienced quality quick powerful striker.

  • 9 Komag // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    I’d take Matip to replace Colo any day, but I really feel our main concern is in central midfield.

    Colback/Anita will never dictate a game and never dominate the opposition. Imo they are too similar and both are mediocre at their roles at best.

    If we could start to dominate in central midfield we would take a lot of pressure of our CBs and maybe we even could wait till the summer before strengthening at that position. Add to the fact that im sick and tired of attacking down the right hand side (Janmaat-Sissoko) 2/3 of the time.

    Anita could be taught into a Makelele-like role as well and be real good at it too if we could get someone to be our boss in the center of the park.

  • 10 SPRINGY // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    in the second half today it looked like janmaat had been told to sit..almost like a 3rd cb and sissoko was like a wing back…he was picking the ball up near the right back position and running from deep which spurs could’nt cope with…i do have a go at him for being a bit soft in the tackle and his heading ability,and his lack of focus when it comes to defending, but recoqnis hes got assists and power in his game which if he was’nt playing would be a major miss to our side

  • 11 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    C’mon, a bit of imagination if we’re going to speculate, fantasise a bit – Scharner anybody?

  • 12 SPRINGY // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    i believe mbemba could be a good midfielder and he could protect the back four well,just need to sign 2 good cbs…..if a cm player is not on shopping list for january that is

  • 13 Toon fm Exeter // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Guys second week I have been buzzing , where I live its full of glory hunters and I have shoved up then love it while we can same again against the villa
    Prima donnas out

  • 14 SPRINGY // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    mbemba played well today and last week good to see him back to what he was the first few games of the season

  • 15 Toon fm Exeter // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Think that’s the drink kicked in lo toon army

  • 16 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    More than 2/3 of the time, our attacks from the LW are scarce to non-existent.

    Don’t forget Tiote, who I’m not the biggest fan of as he’s either injured, suspended, awol or going through his recovery phase of matches before he inevitably shows a bit of form and is then injured, and Aarons are back in training. Imagine they’ll be in contention soon enough, maybe next week is too soon, but before the year is out all being well.

    I’ll still be skeptical and cautious come next Saturday evening, fearing the worst, the way they’ve put us through the ringer this season I can’t be any other way, confidence in them to turn up will be a long time in coming. Just feels good to be relatively happy about the team for once!

  • 17 SPRINGY // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    we cant go to gung ho against villa…..but would love to have a nice xmas gift of 4-5-6 goals!…..or is that me being greedy at xmas??lol

  • 18 SPRINGY // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    i didnt think aarons was back till the new year at least?

  • 19 SPRINGY // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    two players that could really give us a load of trouble next week,agbonlahor and gestede,agbon has pace and gestede will give us a torrid time with his heading ability….we struggle with both

  • 20 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    Apparently Tiote and Aarons are back in full training from tomorrow and Lascelles returned last week some time, according to The Chronicle.

  • 21 lukes26 // Dec 14, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    I don’t think we need another CF. We have mitro, perez, toney, riviere, armstrong, cisse. that’s actually more than we need.

    Agree w/ Ed ..a cb and a holding midfielder and lb & this actually would be a very formidable team.

  • 22 Blofal // Dec 14, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    We won’t buy a striker in January unless we offload Cisse. We have Riviere training again as well as Perez, Mitrovic and SJD. A striker isn’t urgent.

    We will buy a CB, probably bring in Andros Townsend and perhaps another defensive midfielder. That will be it for January.

    Our aim for LB by all reports is Willems however I don’t think we will lure him away from Champions League football mid season. I expect we will wait until next season for him.

  • 23 jimmysmith // Dec 14, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    Yeah, you’d imagine they will want to have a look at Rivierre, and so wait till the summer. Wingers similarly, we have a couple who can’t break in and are being well served by Sissoko andWidjnaldum. If the need isn’t pressing I’m happy to see the time taken to get the right quality in. We need a central mid who can spray it about, but that requires a top player, so I’d hope we take the time needed to make the right choice. I think we do need a CB to put some pressure on the two we have, and we really need a LB. Dummett is no more than solid, and offers next to nothing going forward. Fullbacks need to chime in, and the better ones do it as a priority. We have nothing going forward on the left.

  • 24 SPRINGY // Dec 14, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    can only see the club bringin 3 players cb, midfield,and maybe a left back…tho not convinced that a left back will be high on there priority list….maybe even another midfieder instead….can see a few players leaving probs not till the summer but a few might go in jan

  • 25 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:00 AM

    I think sdj was very poor. Mitrovic and perez is our 2 front players. We can ship out sdj for extra cash.

  • 26 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 14, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    Just dreaming
    Shelvey: £10m, Xhaka: £20m, Demary Gray: £5m
    Sam Byram: £4m, Lewis Dunk: £6m, Austin: £7m
    Sissoko: £9m, Tiote: £3m, Cisse: £4m
    Net Spend: £36m

  • 27 Laurent Robert The Legend // Dec 14, 2015 at 3:31 AM

    Matip 5m
    Bolasie 12m
    Abeid back 3m
    20m spent with much better value
    Sell Cisse and get in Shane Long and we’ll finish top 7.

  • 28 will die for the toon army // Dec 14, 2015 at 4:46 AM

    Believe u me the team has improved. Anita, Sissoko, Janmaatt & Colo have been an improvement from the beginning of the season.

    Thauvin is one am still worried abt but i think Mcca will find his way on him. Goufrann comes on does his work.

    For Jan., i need a CB i would b ok with Matip, Winger i wld b ok with Townsend, CM i wld b ok with Shelvey and Striker its Lassoga i not a fan of Austin. LB Willems is my man
    Matip, Shelvey, Willems, Lassoga, Townsend.
    Cisse, Goufrann, Willo, Haidara, Marvueax, Tiote, Taylor.

  • 29 will die for the toon army // Dec 14, 2015 at 5:06 AM

    GK: Krul, Elliot, Darlow
    RB: Janmaatt, Mbabu
    LB: Willems, Dummett
    CB: COLO, Mbemba, Matip, Lascelles
    CM: Colback, Shelvey, Anita?, Tiote
    WF: Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Aarons, Townsend, Thauvin, Aarons
    CF: Mitrovic, Perez, Lassoga, De Jong, Rivere.
    My team:
    Darlow, Colo, Anita, Townsend, Thauvin, De Jong, Lassoga.

  • 30 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 14, 2015 at 5:28 AM

    Cracking result from a well worked performance, if not a sparkling one. Team stuck to their task, although had it not been for some lax Spurs finishing and a few outstanding saves from Elliot it could have been very different. Still, credit to the lads for keeping going, and credit to McClaren for his substitutions.

    Far from polished mind, with both Mbemba and Dummet recording pass accuracy of less than 50%. That is poor at any level, let alone in the Prem.

    Villa next, and that will require a different game plan, although Villa need to win so they won’t be able to sit back and try for a point. They may well employ similar tactics to those we have used last 2 games though.

    As for these 3 players, I’m not convinced that any of them are what we need in January. We need an organiser and a talker at the back – that isn’t Matip. We need a dominant central midfielder that can put his foot in and pick a pass. We need a player who can provide good delivery into the box from open play on a regular basis – that isn’t Townsend. I’d prefer a centre forward with pace and movement who offers more out of the box than bringing in Austin.

  • 31 Ron Knee // Dec 14, 2015 at 5:49 AM

    Morning jesper, morning Lilongwe

    What a strange feeling. Two wins in a row. The last time we managed that was in November 2014, I believe.

    I just hope we don’t make a mess of the Villa match. Garde seems to have them quite well organised and I noticed their spirits didn’t droop after the penalty.

    This could be a typical NUFC banana skin.

  • 32 JDdubai // Dec 14, 2015 at 5:54 AM

    Cisse is still awful – just awful. Offers nothing, cant hold the ball up, isnt quick enough to play it over the top thats why we have wave after wave of attacks against us as we cant get the ball down the other end.

    I think SDJ could play that role but he needs pace around him, someone to run the channels for him to thread the needle. Or alternatively a CF who can hold it up and he can run off.

    In terms of January:
    Demarai Gray instead of Townsend – if we pass him up he will become another Dele Alli for us. Id even try to go for Redmond ahead of Townsend.
    CF – Any – would love a quick CF, think it would create more space for SDJ/Wini etc and give us what we dont have.
    CB – who is available in January? Never seen Matip play so cant comment, just need someone over 6″2 to handle the high stuff.
    CM – Not a clue who to get tbh, Tielemens is the Football Manager choice I guess..

  • 33 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 14, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    Morning Ron,
    Villa’s next 4 games see them play us, West Ham, Norwich and Sunderland. Realistically they can’t afford to lose to any of us, Norwich or Sunderland, and draws aren’t good enough for them at this stage.

    Garde has to have them bang up for it, if our players drop their level of effort then we give Villa a good chance of getting a result. A big test of character for some of our fair weather players who only turn up for the glamour games.

  • 34 Ron Knee // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:01 AM


    That’s what’s worrying. I hope they don’t start thinking the match has already been won. That was Spurs’ mistake!

  • 35 catchy in norway // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    My plan for villa game, give them the ball, let them come out at us and hit them on the counter, But I think that will be there plan, come for a point

  • 36 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    I doubt they will think it is already won. For me it is more that the effort just hasn’t been there against less glamorous sides more often then it has been over the last few years.

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Morning Ron…like we talked about yesterday the Villa game is a game we should get three points from…we simply have to.

    …if it was a fortnight ago I know a comment like that would be laughed at 😉

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:24 AM

    Lilongwe…it’s not just the effort.

    To take a leaf from a question asked McClaren recently’

    ‘from the outside it could look like when especially playing lesser teams that there are no game plan. And if there is it’s bonkers’!

  • 39 Ron Knee // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:25 AM


    I’ve forgotten what it feels like to savour a victory.

    Let’s hope the fat man cracks open his wallet next month.

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Catchy…I don’t think Villa can afford to sit back and counter us 🙂 which actually should be an advantage for us like you said – hit em on the counter!

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:32 AM

    Ron…I might be in the Christmas mood and all that, but I haven’t been sniffing at Port just yet 😉

    If players leave then I can see Ashley digging into his pocket other than that then it’s only to bring in someone who’s contact runs out. And it doesn’t have to be someone we need!

    It’s Christmas and see how cynical the fat bastard has made me 🙁

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    *the Port just yet

  • 43 Santon03 // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    Wonderful result, Elliot magnificent, seems our goal keepers love to play spurs. Anita also great closing down their midfields. Perez loves scoring against spurs.
    It’s like dejavu, last time they lead 1-0 first half they got beaten 1-2, and Perez scored the winning goal.

    tbh I was scared when Mitro made that flying tackle and then arguement with Ali, I was hoping no red card again.

    They said we made the same headline as Bournemouth, I think our opponents are much much harder than chelsea and mutd. Both spurs and liverpool are in form teams, while chelsea are not and mutd can’t score to save their own skin.

    As long as they keep working hard like in these 2 games, they can win even against arsenal.

    For transfers, I think we need defensive midfield because we only have 2 and they keep picking yellows, it’s as expected for their role in the team. Hopefully someone strong like Serigne Kara Mbodj. I want us to have someone like Redondo but I don’t think they make that kind of midfielder anymore.

  • 44 Ron Knee // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:37 AM


    A couple more (French) wingers might be useful!

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Ron…I am not sure what kind of alcohol that is Christmasy in the UK but if you can get your hands on a Frederiksdal Cherry Wine it’s well worth it

  • 46 Santon03 // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Also, it’s great to see MA jumping for joy after Perez goal.

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    Ron..any cheap ones who’s contract runs out?

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:41 AM

    A funny thing about our flawed transfer policy, it’s not even breaking even.

    Not talking about last season, but ever since Ashley enforced it!

  • 49 Ron Knee // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:46 AM


    I’ll drink to that!

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Ron…the next three games are very interesting I think:

    1) Villa home
    2) Everton Away
    3) WBA Tba

    Basically we could be looking at anything between 7-9 points if we keep our momentum going 🙂

    Then again we could also be looking at something between 0-3 points if things continue to be bonkers at Newcastle!

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Good morning lads,
    Another fantastic win and complete change in effort and commitment despite the first half. It is not inconceivable that we could end up winning every game this month and Mclaren taking the manager of the month award, funny old game. It makes you wonder what has caused the complete turn around, man management, TV cameras or has the bonus scheme been scrapped. If we do go on a great run I hope the team and fans don’t become victims of their success and we see someone sold or worse still, no one brought in. We’ve all seen first hand what happens the last two seasons where the towel has been thrown in during the winter window!

  • 52 Santon03 // Dec 14, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    I feel sorry for Remi Garde, I think Villa will be relegated this year even if they bought so many stars this january, it will take a while for them to adjust.
    I think we will win probably 5-0 against them, arsenal 2nd goal just showed they didn’t even bother chasing arsenal players, Ramsey started from outside penalty box and there were like 3 or 4 villa players in front of him and only Lescott defending against 3 arsenal players.

  • 53 Santon03 // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Hi Jail, you seem to be in a very good mood today 🙂

  • 54 Ron Knee // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:02 AM


    Our next two matches are at home. A ‘normal’ club could build on that!

  • 55 Santon03 // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    list of players contract expiring 2016

  • 56 gaz 44 // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Never read the article but at a guess the 3 players was eds favourites matip and wait for it .,. Charlie Austin … The other could well be andros no end product Townsend. Only one I would particularly want is matip.. That been said. Say we get him he forms a formidable partnership with chancel .. What happens when the a.c.o.n starts .. Rather they splashed the cash on a real life left back and a midfielder or 2

  • 57 Toonfan8 // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Everton is at home…
    Elliot is great in our turnaround, vocal and honest lad, love to see him doing great, Janmaat is better defensively these two matches, Mbemba defensively great, but have to be better on the ball, Collo better display all round, but he cost us first goal, Dummet defensively solid, give his all, but a little bit slow and shy going forward……
    Anita – played great these two matches, covered every inch he should covered, Colback – played good, give his all…Sissoko – sometimes I am angry with him and sometimes I wonder what a player he is, he has some attacks down the right side, when Spurs cannot match his athleticism…De Jong – did ok, covered ground, give his all, give us some brain and Cisse took away a goal from him…Wijnaldum – very good player, quick and great character, never afraid of anything…Cisse – did ok, but he has to take one of those chances, and denied SDJ from scoring with his back…
    Perez – was great, his touch and technique is brilliant, also his movement
    Mitrovic – was great, he bullied their defence, scored one, assists for second, should scored two…but he wins almost every 50/50…
    Gouffran – played for 4 minutes, so hard to say something, but he always give his all

  • 58 Santon03 // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    Kokorin looks good

  • 59 Toonfan8 // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    I would be happy with Matip, Willems and Redmond in january…and then in the summer bring Berahino (or this type of player) and Xhaka (Tielemans) type….

  • 60 Santon03 // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    for experience, I would love to get Caceres who can play cb and rb

  • 61 Santon03 // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Handanovic and Marchetti both excellent gk

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Ron…ohh well that just better then 🙂

  • 63 Slank // Dec 14, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    We definitely need a center-back as this is probably Colo’s last season.

    We definitely need a central midfielder as a playmaker in the Cabaye mold as we haven’t got that type of player. Whilst Colback, Tiote and Anita are very defensive orientated Gini’s game is all about movement, pace and supporting the attack.

    We don’t need a left back, winger or striker.

    We don’t need a striker unless Cisse is sold. Even though Charlie Austin’s contract is in its final year there are clubs more desperate than us who need a recognized and proven Premier League goal scorer and therefore it is unlikely that he would come cheap. Also I wouldn’t want to put a barrier in front of Adam Armstrong or Perez both of whom I believe have great futures with us.

    We don’t need a winger. Townsend is trouble. Leave well alone. Gini and Sissoko have done well on the wings and will always be first choice. Aarons has great potential if the club can only keep him fit. And there is always Thauvin and Obertan.

    We don’t need a left back. It may or may not be a coincidence but our improved performances of late have come since Dummitt has returned. He is not as good as Haidara going forward but much better defensively than Haidara. If we can get a left back that is very good defensively and very good offensively then fine but these types of players don’t come up very often and rarely, if ever, during the Winter transfer window and aren’t cheap.

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