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McClaren Could Bring In Derby Midfielder In January

3:40 pm, Sunday, December 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 102 Comments

Newcastle are being linked today with Derby County defensive midfielder George Thorne, who was signed when Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was at Derby.

The 6’2″ tall midfielder turns 23 next month and has played for England from U16 through U19 level.

Thorne began his career at Cambridge United but when their Youth Academy closed down he joined West Brom and came through their Youth Academy.

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George Thorne – Derby County midfielder

George went on various loan spells to Portsmouth, Peterborough and Watford before joining Derby on loan in January of last year.

Steve McClaren was the boss at the time and he signed him permanently at Derby for about £3M in the summer of last year on a four year deal.

So Steve McClaren will know all about the Chatham born youngster,  but in July of last year during pore-season Thorne suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during a friendly match against Zenit Saint Petersburg.

That’s the same injury Tim Krul picked up playing for the Netherlands in October – and George was ruled out of football for nine months but he returned to playing again towards the end of last season.

He’s now back playing well for Derby and has played 13 times for them this season.

The Mirror is reporting that Everton boss Roberto Martinez is very keen on Thorne as a potential long-term replacement for Gareth Barry.

Newcastle were linked heavily with this player in the summer, so it’s not too surprising that we are again being linked with the 22 year-old Englishman.

He played 16 times for West Brom and 35 times for Derby County with 4 goals and 5 assists – and he’s made 80 first team appearances with 5 goals and 10 assists so far in his career.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

102 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    500,000 price tag lol

  • 2 optimistic prime // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    “Dogged by injuries”

    Sign him up, sounds a perfect fit.

  • 3 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    I hope this guy isn’t our top target. He was poor at Liverpool, better at this team he is now, admittedly.

    We need speed in this team. A Bellamy, if you will.

    On another subject: when Wini plays well we win, when not we lose. How to get him to play well more consistently? Has anyone noticed? Is he played in different positions? Does the opposition ‘eliminate’ him?

  • 4 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    ‘This guy’- Shelvey

  • 5 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    best see some action or we are going down and its not very nice
    cant see three worse teams im afraid
    sadly no solution offered and unlikely so see one from the fat conroller

  • 6 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Happy holidays mate. 3 worse teams: AV, Sunderland, Norwich

  • 7 optimistic prime // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Our transfer windows are increasingly reminding me of a old game show catchphrase!

    “Just look at what you could of won”

    Can’t beat a bit of Bull eh mike?

  • 8 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    And it’s a crazy league this year. Someone will be sucked into the R vortex, someone will do a Leicester… Could be us! (or not)

  • 9 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    yeah right and you think we will beat the drop
    all three to play away we wont get nowt from those games

  • 10 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    so cyprus what you’ve witnessed says we will get out of it its not spring yet cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo

  • 11 Nufc-83 // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Cyprus that’s totally incorrect Shelvey done well at Liverpool I am friends with a lot of Liverpool fans and they wanted to keep him. Rodgers liked him aswell it simply just didn’t work out for him. He has been amazing for Swansea.

    To get the best out of gini play him in middle it’s very simple he is a cm/cam so play him there.

  • 12 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Think? Hope

    But we ain’t that bad when we do play. Problem is we are as inconsistent as ever. That I don’t get.

  • 13 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    fabulous hearst equaliser

  • 14 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    and as you say you always get one sucked in maybe it’ll be man u
    happy holidays to you too

  • 15 Essex Geordie Bill // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Bit of a dilemma for the guy, us or Everton, hmmm!

    Should we try and get Shelvey, that’s a no brainer, Carr should be sitting in his living room pleading with him to sign for us.

    Not to optimistic about it happening though.

    🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • 16 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    A quick comparison of Georginio Wijnaldum:

    In his best game against Liverpool he defended the left hand side but got touches across the field in attack and pressed the ball high. Against Everton all his touches are on the left hand side and he seems to have had more responsibility to cover the defence.

  • 17 cyprus // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:58 PM


    ManU? Man they were poor yesterday. Who used to say they’d get relegated? That Kets poster? 🙂

    we’ll save that discussion for when he gets here. You may be right, in any case, I’m just not a fan although I like his dynamism.

  • 18 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    if anyone its
    bargain bin recruits out of contractors and loanees
    clueless running of a once proud club
    shame on all the ashley lovers

  • 19 optimistic prime // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:01 PM


    You’re more Optimistic than me!

    I think we’ll get nae one.

  • 20 Sazzer // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    We need Thorne more than Shelvey but I wouldn’t mind the pair of them.

  • 21 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    nope just a realist
    this man couldn’t give a rats arse about us he has billions
    and he will always get his outlay back plus interest
    he will have many loopholes in place for when he leaves that will leave us hamstrung and he will still be laughing

  • 22 optimistic prime // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    What’s the crak with our new training faculties?

    Have they been started or are they still postponed whilst the club can’t guarantee which league they’ll be in?

    If that’s the case they’ll never get built.

    Anyone have any idea?

  • 23 optimistic prime // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    I agree.

  • 24 Lindisfarne // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Matches to the end of January:

    PL 28-12-2015 West Bromwich Albion A
    PL 02-01-2016 Arsenal A
    Cup 09-01-2016 Watford A
    PL 12-01-2016 Manchester Utd H
    PL 16-01-2016 West Ham H
    PL 23-01-2016 Watford A

    After the WBA game the travel time is not that bad, the worst part of the schedule is the three days between the Cup game and ManU but at least that and the following game another four days later, are at home.

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    I would rather have shelvey, apart from this season he’s been class.

  • 26 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    its already geared to make him money and to make us a laughing stock our wins coming against out of sorts sides but failure against sides who battle
    we couldn’t battle if we were armed with ak47’s

  • 27 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    with the sale money you could get austin and tempt parflop in

  • 28 Nufc-83 // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Sazzer we need Thorne more than shelvey looooool!!! Have u even seen much of Thorne??

    Shelvey the exact type of cm we need are you on drugs!!

  • 29 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    mucca would have more chance of bringing in jason bourne

  • 30 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    We should sign Thorne and Shelvey they would give us hard work and passing ability and then put Wijnaldum or Anita beside them in a midfield 3 and I think we could boss a lot of teams!

    Mclaren is getting it badly wrong at the moment for me against Villa we started conservatively and allowed them to grow into the game and against Everton he starts 2 up front and gets outnumbered in the middle !! Everton play the same way every week they have 3 in the middle and full backs push on but we had no left winger!!

  • 31 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Tbh on form…..we fully deserve to get relegated

    4 home wins in 2015 ffs man

    And tbh if our top targets are this lad, and than winger from Bordeaux who makes Obertan look like a top player then the championship is fully where we belong

    How the hell SMC is still in a job is beyond me, his leadership is a mirror of Pardews littered with baffling tactics, poor team selections, bizarre substitutions and constant dampening of expectations….

    Massive investment is needed in Jan, but that investment lies in the hands of an incompetent managing director, a blind head scout, a blithering idiot of a manager and an owner who’s wallet is sealed tighter than a ducks ars3

    Combine that with a squad which consists of poor players in the mould of your Dummett’s Colo’s and Colback’s mixed with part time players like Sissoko and this club is an absolute shambles

  • 32 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:23 PM


    Can’t see a single PL fixture there where it looks like we can pick up points tbh

  • 33 Belfast // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    But apart from that everything’s rosy Tads

  • 34 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Would also bring back Armstrong he has rapid pace like Bellamy and can finish chances off !!

    So lets get Thorne and Shelvey in for midfield
    Carillo and Townsend in for wingers
    Austin and Armstrong back in for strikers

    Also a left back and a centre back but not really sure of players that I would want !! But we need 6 players in to begin with !!

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Much like Pardew, SMC has us set up on the back foot
    We don’t get at teams, we give them the ball and let them grow in confidence

    And this bizarre continuation of playing 2 holding midfielders whilst shoving our most creative outlet, the closest thing we’ve had to a Cabaye replacement, out as an old fashioned left midfielder
    It’s truly painful to watch

  • 36 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    in a nutshell tads ferkt

  • 37 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Aye it’s all canny mate!

  • 38 nufc786 // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:27 PM


    I still didnt understand why SM put on Thauvin so late… we needed width on the left and he didnt have enough time to make an impact

  • 39 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    because muccas a plum

  • 40 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    right shhhhs i is watching forest and leeds serve up a game of footy worth watching

  • 41 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Haven’t really understood much of what SMC’s done here tbh

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    What tads said at post #31!

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    They thought all their Chrisgmases had come st once getting an ex England manager on the cheap and desperate for a job, so desperate he was willing to join us

  • 44 chicousa // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    I agree, Shelvey is exactly the type of CM we need and have ever since Cabaye was sold out from us by Ashely! BTW…..Ashley Out!!!

  • 45 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Probably not a great time either for us fans to remember the only sole reason we’ve survived the previous relegation battles we been dragged into through mismanagement is purely down to the fact we had done just about the bare minimum needed by the end of December

    This year were finishing the year in the bottom 3 and no one at the club really looks like their up for the fight…

  • 46 Nufc-83 // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    It’s clear villa and Sunderland are down but I honestly cannot see another club dropping more points than us. I guess I am hoping for injuries to Bournemouth or Norwich but that is it really.

  • 47 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:48 PM


    Well Big Sam has been interviewed saying he is going to have a clear out with players brought in so you never know they could make their yearly great escape at our expense !!

  • 48 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    no-one is down yet

  • 49 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    and the makems will spend

  • 50 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    West Brom is a team that we should beat with the minimum of fuss if set up correctly but I dont have any faith that Mclaren knows what he is doing he is buckling under the pressure !!

  • 51 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    buckling he buckled after ten games

  • 52 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    In Steve cough cough mcclaren we trust.

  • 53 OneAlanShearer // Dec 27, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    The only thing I expect is for the regime to fall short of providing a balanced squad. I have absolutely no trust or faith in them. There thinking matches the rumoured only a winger and striker signings….just enough to keep us up…yet again.

  • 54 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    smash and grab by forest at home

  • 55 Sazzer // Dec 27, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    I’m not on drugs. Shelvey is brilliant on the ball and just what we need offensively. However, he wouldn’t give our defence as much help as Thorne would.

  • 56 Nufc-83 // Dec 27, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Sazzer we have tiote, coldback and Anita as dm but we are severely lacking a cm with vision good passing and a shooting threat since cabaye left.

  • 57 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    and not a good un amongst em

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 27, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    We have 3 CDM’s, 2 of which in Tiote and Colback are not PL quality and the third Anita although a very good technical player isn’t the powerhouse needed

    All 3 of those are light years ahead of a sicknote fizzy pop player who’s only in our sights due to the minuscule fee attached to the player
    He’s bang average in the lower leagues and would get slaughtered in the PL

  • 59 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    On the plus side lads, looked like we dodged a bullet not upping our offer for pierre emerick aubameyang a couple of seasons back…..

  • 60 Our Toon // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    I see some still want Austin, the guys been injured more than SDJ this season. He’s out injured again now!! As for Elliot the only really good save he made was from Lennon, the others from Lukaku were straight at him….the big lad missed 4 or 5 chances

  • 61 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    only the shortsighted ones leave him to rot at qpr

  • 62 goommy // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Hope we get him. Since Mcclaren was one who bring him to Derby I assume they got a good relationship.

  • 63 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    not another crock

  • 64 Our Toon // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:26 PM


    He’s been dropped by Jimmy Floyd anyway, if he was as good as most blog claim then he’d be elsewhere by now. QPR fans aren’t even kicking off with him being dropped. A player hyped by those who very rarely see him play

  • 65 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    i think he is injured
    big gamble having a dodgy knee

  • 66 John Tudor // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:29 PM

  • 67 Our Toon // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Yeah he’s injured at the minute…..again!! Was available though for Jimmy first 4 games. Was dropped in favour of no strikers for the 1st game.

  • 68 Mister Tuff // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    I see Aubameyang is the leading scorer in Germany this season – aye bullet well dodged there.

  • 69 Jib // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    The ref tomorrow at the Hawthorns is Jones and Mitrovic is an injury doubt !

  • 70 Belfast // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    I hope the Leeds manager wears right guard or another anti persprant. He’s dripping in sweat everytime you see him.

  • 71 Jib // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Mike Jones Even

  • 72 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    My best ever Newcastle team over the past 30 years would be:


    Janmaat Woodgate Santon/ Bernard


    Ginola Dyer Ben Arfa Robert

    Shearer Ferdinand

  • 73 Our Toon // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    If mitrovic does have a knock then it’s strange we didn’t bring him off to protect him further antagonising it!!

  • 74 Belfast // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Wow Kets no Abeid ?

  • 75 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:59 PM


    You do realise that you have got gazza as a defensive midfielder, and you have got Ben arfa, where’s speed or Beardsley.

  • 76 AncientC // Dec 27, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Ketsbaia9 – No Faustino Asprilla? Blasphemy.

  • 77 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    And where’s colo, toonbrother is going to be furious with you for not putting his name down,

    Ha ha ha

  • 78 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Belfast…do you mean a antiperspirant? Or is that a N.Irish thing 🙂

  • 79 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Regarding this article we might as well buy this Derby kid and a few more. We already have more than half their coaching team!

    …what a letdown that was! 😉

  • 80 banjax // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Everton are not the wealthiest of clubs and largely due to a committed manager in the guise of David Moyes and a supportive chairman, they have plugged their way investing every year with quality new players who could make it in the Premier League. They have had consistency from the outset and blew most of their transfer budget circa £25m on Lukaku. Now take Newcastle, we have had several managers, changes for the worse in recruiting foreign mercenaries on the cheap in the hope of quick profit. We have sold our best players replacing them with some of the lesser quality we have now which showed on Saturday. Quite frankly Mike Ashley’s policies of meagre investment are now paying the kind of dividends that he didn’t expect and by now he should be realising his own lack of ability and short comings. Apart from my belief that we have the wrong Chairman ( and Manager ) who thinks low investment in players is the best policy, Mike Ashley (with expert advice) could quickly change his strategy of how the club is run and invest in a new structure. He will have to make up for poor advice and rid the club of poor quality players in the squad even at a loss and buy proven premiership quality even if it means paying the odd £25m for a top player. Mike Ashley’s reward for doing all this will be a club on the up, playing for pride and trophies and probably the best thing (for Ashley) will be a big profit when sells a successful club to some moneybags enterprise.

  • 81 Toon_Barmy // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Kets that’s shocking. Dyer but no waddle? Krul ahead of Given and why are Ben arfa and janmaat even considered

  • 82 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Abeid could slot in ahead of Gazza. Robert is miles ahead of Waddle. Robert was one of the best players I have ever seen. He had the best shot of all time.

  • 83 Belfast // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    I made a spelling mistake you Danish opportunist

  • 84 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Clarence Acuna was a good player for us. Didier Domi was one of my favourite left backs. Compare him with Dummett. It’s a joke.

  • 85 Belfast // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    This visionary could spot he needed a good anti perspriant

  • 86 welshgeordie9 // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:29 PM


    Who would you have as manager for that squad, I would have Mr P down at selhurst park.

  • 87 AncientC // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Asprilla, Barton, and Ben Arfa remain my all time favourites. Three players that truly understood Newcastle fans.

    Not forgetting Andreas Anderson, of course.

  • 88 Harley // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    I honestly think the only thing wrong with the team is the fact we don’t have a goal scorer.

    All of our moderate success under Pardew was when we had a striker. First Ba then Cisse on fire then Remy.

    Goals win games and we just can’t score any.

    If we had a striker in form I believe we’d have won the last 2 games.

    They’ll never do it but they need to spend the entire budget on a striker. I think the rest of the squad is fine.

    1 striker banging the goals in would transform the team.

  • 89 Rotonda heights // Dec 27, 2015 at 7:59 PM


    Yes a quick mobile striker desperately needed but also a creative midfielder, a top CB and a top LB.

    Dummet and Colback are woeful and don’t have a creative bone between them. Squad players at absolute best.

    I think a 343 with a sweeper and wing backs would help with our current predicament



    MBabu MBemba

    Sissoko Anita De Jong / Wijni Aarons

    Perez Wijni / Mitro Thauvin

  • 90 sobadithurts // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    You are so correcy sir.

  • 91 GeordieTwo // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Very interesting post @80 banjax mate. After nearly nine years will Ashley have the sense to see the error of his ways? I hope so but remain very doubtful.

  • 92 sobadithurts // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    correct even!

  • 93 Rotonda heights // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:05 PM


    really poor attempt to get people biting. give it up.

  • 94 beermonkey // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    I see welsh got a new stirring spoon for xmas and is keen to try it out

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    welshgeordie9 // Sep 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    i hate it when it’s quiet on here i want to wind i mean talk on here

  • 96 Harley // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:17 PM


    Ha ha I knew what you meant


    I’d love all of those too but if our budget is say 20million I’d rather get 1 lacaztte (just for example) than say an Austin, Townsend and matip for a similar price.

  • 97 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Sorry Welsh – he’s not available as he’ll be managing England

  • 98 sobadithurts // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Best Team I’ve seen:

    David Craig, Woodgate , Moncur, Frank Clark


    Tony Green, Gascoigne, Hibbitt



    Can’t believe there is no place for Keegan!

  • 99 toon22 // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Exactly how will MA see the error of his ways?
    In the time he has been here his personal wealth has increased.
    If the club has suffered he dont seem to care as it seems he still values us as a scorce of income.
    When he finally sells the club will reture his investment but he keeps all the wealth and all those tatty adverts will have done the trick.

    All for free in the end,thats the bottom line.

  • 100 toonking // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:41 PM


    you need to rewatch our past, I myself might not known the full lot of players we’ve had in the last 30 years but even I can see a few players who’d be benched in the past.

    The best keeper we’ve had was shay given, he made a massive number of great saves and his time at newcastle had a defence which wasn’t much better than this one with boomsong/bassong (can’t remember exactly who but certainly one of these) and bramble, you can even see double and triple saves in his game.

    You only have to go back 2 years and we had a better RB in debuchy.

    You’ve missed ashley cole as well a player who did much greater that HBA would do (3-4-3) and what about speed he’s done better than dyer done.

  • 101 toonking // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:41 PM


  • 102 Jib // Dec 27, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    PSG v Toulouse on BT Sport Euro
    The commentator just said
    “If Martin Braithwaite (born in Guyana, Danish citizen) had scored there that would have been a chance for Toulouse to win”
    Toulouse to win geddit ? Ha ha ha

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