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.
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.
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