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Liverpool In Bid To Beat Newcastle to Schalke’s Joel Matip

10:00 am, Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

There is news today in the Mail that Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp is in a move to sign 24 year-old Cameroon International defender Joel Matip next month.

Of course with Klopp, having been at Borussia Dortmund, he will know all about Joel’as excellent performances for Schalke  – and Joel will become a free agent in June.

If this report is accurate it would be very difficult for Newcastle to persuade the player to join Newcastle in January.

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Joel Matip – 24 year-old Schalke center-back

The report is that Liverpool are ready to discuss a pre-contact agreement with Joel to tie up a deal – but that potential deal would presumably be executed in the summer – when Matip becomes a free agent.

If that is true,  then Newcastle could potentially tempt Schalke to sell with a bid next month for the player.

With his contract running out in six months Matip is free to talk to other clubs about a free transfer starting January 1st.

Newcastle were linked with Matip in the summer when he was valued at £10M and it is thought he would be available for half that amount next month.

There were even some reports in July that Newcastle had a £10M bid turned down for the 26 times capped Cameroon International.

While Matip usually plays at center-back he can also play in defensive midfield and the player has been at Schalke since 2000.

It was generally thought that Matip would be Newcastle’s number one defensive target next month but with Liverpool reported to be moving in for the player that could change things.

And maybe that’s why Newcastle are today being linked today with Lorient center-back Lamine Kone – although Sunderland were reported in France yesterday to be very close to completing a deal for the 26 year-old Ivory Coast International.

With our precarious position in the Premier League we cannot afford to miss out on our top transfer targets in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Joel Matip moving into 2 nd place behind Charlie in the article count. Come on Joel!

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    BandB – a ” Whining Monkey” a I was called yesterday by the Reverend Ian Toon.

  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    From a few threads back, you are correct, if you look at it on just appearances. However delve deeper and look to minutes played. Sissoko gets a goal or assist every 350 minutes played, Townsend every 280.

    Matt Phillips, who played for two teams relegated in his two Prem stints, managed a goal or assist every 178 minutes played.

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Bless me Father Ian Toon , for I have sinned! I have blasphemed against the holy trinity of your persons. May I benefit from your holier than thou sanctimonious gifts, may your piety wash over me, and scourge me with your self-righteous musings.

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    If Liverpool are interested in him I’d imagine it is to use him as a holding midfielder, not as a central defender.

  • 6 AncientC // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    There Ian Toon goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Tbf lilo, we could use a proper DM at least as much as a replacement CB if not more so. We need a lot more control in midfield, and Tiote ain’t it.

  • 8 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Ancient – Shhhh! He’s looking down on us from on high. All things are open to his ever-searching eyes!

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    I don’t think we need an out and out defensive midfielder such as this. It would work better at Liverpool as they have more creative and flair players that he can sit behind. If we went for a holding midfielder similar to Matip, we would still need a central midfielder who has a range of passing to create and open up defences.

    I’d prefer a more all round midfielder who can put his foot in and create.

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Lilo, it’s a bit of a problem I know, but it would be a start – to think we would rely on sledgehammer Tiote to break up play, but his pirouetting revealed that lack of instinctive and creative passing ability. Now we have colback and Anita pairing to try to do the same thing, but the creative passing is still woeful. Wijnaldum and sissoko seem to be placed in the team in neither fish nor fowl positions because of this weird midfield setup. This is why our successes have all bypassed the middle of the park entirely. We don’t build any play from there. None.

  • 11 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    …and I have said for ages, our poor defence, not flawless by any means, draws undue heavy criticism for defeats, when you consider how much pressure a weak defensive midfield puts on the team. I think our defence would have a virtual holiday with capable protection just in front of them.

  • 12 hibbitt // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    i cant believe some on here think townsend is an improvement just another step over player with no end product another waste off money when the world and its granny can see what we need…..CB……DM

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    I think Matip just brings more of the same, just with more physicality.

  • 14 BandB // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:31 AM


    It does strike me that if you or I had been offering the kinds of downbeat assessments of our clout in the transfer market on show this morning we’d have attracted some adverse comment.
    We signed Wijnaldum. Clearly it can be done.
    It appears it is perfectly fine to have a low opinion of the club, its competence and its status. What is not fine is to attach the slightest responsibility for any of this to the body and person of the owner.
    He, not the club, appears to be the object of protective veneration and support among a section of “die-hard” fans.

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM


    I think too much emphasis is put on getting a defensive midfielder, or an attacking midfielder. A top central midfielder should be able to tackle, mark and intercept as well as get forward and create, pick a pass and control play. Cabaye is doing this very well for Palace, and it is this sort of player that our midfield needs.

  • 16 catchy in norway // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Robert huth

  • 17 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Lilo, I don’t doubt we need more creativity in midfield. But as well as that, aren’t we currently substituting that one good DM with two inferior players?

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    But unless we sign 2, one of the inferior players would still have to play….

    Anyway, have to go. Catch you later.

  • 19 lochinvar // Dec 17, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Klip Klopp has already stated that he’s not interested in new faces in January as he wants to develop with the players that he already has.
    So the Matip story is typical Journos just making up unsubstantiated stories or Klopp is lying?
    Take your pick.

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