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Report – Newcastle Interested In Championship Defender

12:25 pm, Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

Metro Sport is reporting that Newcastle United are interested in 26 year-old Reading defender Chris Gunter, who we were interested in when he was at Nottingham Forest from 2009-2012 – before he singed on at Reading

Gunter is an attacking full-back who can play on both sides so he’s a versatile player who has played 64 times for Wales.

chris gunter

Chris Gunter – reading full-back – free agent in the summer

Chris becomes a free agent in the summer which is probably the main reason that newcatsle are interested and presumably if he was signed it would be for the left-back position at Newcastle, with Daryl Janmaat in good form for Newcastle at right back.

In fact newcatsle are currently struggling for a left back tomorrow at Watford with Paul Dummett and Jack Colback both carrying slight hamstring injuries and both Massadio Haidara and Kevin Mbabu out injured.

We have a number of players who can play left back but a number of them also pick up a lot of injuries.

Chris Gunter started his career at Cardiff before moving to Tottenham in 2008, where he stayed for a couple of seasons before joining Nottingham Forest in 2009.ns before joining Reading – and he has so far played 140 times for Reading with a couple of goals.

He stayed at Forest for three seasons before joining Reading – and he has so far played 140 times for Reading with a couple of goals.

Gunter doesn’t have much Premier League experience having played only 25 times in England’s top division – 20 times for Reading and 5 times for Tottenham.

Norwich and West Brom  are the other PL clubs interested in him as are Championship clubs QPR and Middlesbrough.

He may be a decent free agent signing this summer or pick him up for a nominal fee this month – but it would seem he would be a squad player.

But we are expecting Newcastle to go after 21 year-old Dutch International left-back Jetro Willems in the summer and he just happens to be very good pals with Gini Wijnaldum.

With Newcastle having conceded 39 goals in 22 games so far this season – the second worst only to Sunderland and after conceding a massive 63 goals last season – second only to relegated QPR – we would have expected Newcastle to go after some defenders in this transfer window.

But that for some reason does not seem to be the priority – although we did sign Henri Saivet from Bordeaux who is a defensive midfielder.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wayayman // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Afternoon lads n lasses.

    Just got this feeling about tomorrow. The one stand out moment in the game on Saturday v West Ham wasn’t either of the excellent goals for me. It was in the second half when Mitro made a diagonal run across a crowded box and pointed to where he wanted it. Shelvey played the ball into him with pinpoint accuracy, almost a reverse pass. Even though the keeper got to it before Mitrovic, that run was a total surprise to me as I didn’t think he was that sort of striker. Shelvey said this week that the players here seem to see where he’s going to pass and make great runs for him. For the first time in a loooooong time I’m actually excited to see how we play.

  • 2 Tsunki // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Great another player in blue and white for us to be linked with. I love all this championship attention.

  • 3 toontaff2 // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Gunter would be a decent squad player butnot first choice.

  • 4 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    decent addition to the squad..

    A lot of you guys complain that our squad is too thin, our bench is too weak and not enough players to step in when required – then the same guys complain when we don’t go after “purples” or players to dive straight in.

    Willems will hopefully come off but I wouldnt complain if Gunter came in!!

  • 5 bettyswallocks // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    I’ve heard some positive reports on Jamie Sterry. He’s hovering around the first team , just wondered if anyone has seen him play?

  • 6 Essex Geordie Bill // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Yes I know that but the club venue already has it’s own people booked for Monday and the Music club is always on Friday.

    Don’t know much about Gunter but stepping up a league is probably a lot easier now so he should do ok.

    Don’t we have any youngsters who could get an early chance to show their ability, same way Mbabu did (even if it was only briefly). 🙁

  • 7 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Sterry is meant to be a bit of a hot-head i hear!

    if he controls his temperament he’s a decent full back – strong in the tackle and very vocal apparently

  • 8 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Tsunki —- Great another player in blue and white for us to be linked with.

    For a gold medal winning whining whinger like you that’s pretty pitiful !!!

  • 9 bettyswallocks // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Toon Tom ….. Is he a left or right back.?

  • 10 Essex Geordie Bill // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:50 PM


    Looks like you were thinking along the same lines as I was and Sterry has been on the bench recently!!

  • 11 Lindisfarne // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:51 PM


    8) Mitrovic to show his worth for Newcastle

    With Newcastle linked with a move for Saido Berahino, Aleksandar Mitrovic must be feeling a little concerned about his future at St James’ Park. The barrell-chested old-fashioned No9 appears to have all the attributes to be a complete centre-forward. All except one: goals. When Newcastle’s forward-play clicks, his ability to draw defenders towards him and make space for more creative attacking players such as Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Pérez, is key. They often benefit as a consequence of his hard work. It’s also easy to forget that he is only 21 years old, his burly demeanour and characterful style often giving the false impression that he is a seasoned performer. “I’ve played some of the best football in my life [this season], the difference is in Belgium I played well and scored goals,” he said this week. “Here, I play good but the goals don’t come – but I will keep working and hopefully one day it will come.” For Newcastle’s mini-revival to continue, Mitrovic should focus on the things he is doing well and not fear for his place in the team due to a lack of goals. If Steve McClaren’s side continue their mini-revival at Watford, whether Mitrovic scores or not, you can be rest assured he will have played his part. GB

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Betty…he’s mostly yet another player we are being a bit too kind to just because he’s a Geordie!

  • 13 AncientC // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Lindisfarne “When Newcastle’s forward-play clicks, his ability to draw defenders towards him and make space for more creative attacking players such as Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ayoze Pérez, is key.”

    I thought that was fairly obvious myself, but we have had a few complaining that Wijnaldum has been getting on the end of crosses and “where was Mitrovic” lol.

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Jesper…… How do you know? Have you seen him play?

  • 15 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Norwich was Sunday 18th October , we are due to give another side a good scudding , here’s hoping it’s Watford 3rd time lucky.

  • 16 jazzyp // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    No thank you ….. Unless we want another James perch

  • 17 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Jesper kender intet
    Han er fuld af lort

  • 18 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Betty – he’s a right back i believe

  • 19 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Betty – i think he is out injured at the moment too mind.

  • 20 Jib // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:08 PM

  • 21 Essex Geordie Bill // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:09 PM


    That’s a bit harsh Perch was one of our best players in many games, can’t recall him ever letting the team down even though he was often played out of position

  • 22 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Perchinho was vital for us. quietly bossed a lot of games

  • 23 Fabricio - out of position - Coloccini // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    New left back is important. Had we been in mid table right now we could perhaps waited until summer and signed a great one, but since every match is a cup final we can’t gamble on this injury crisis at LB.

    Since Mitro is the topic again I’ll join in with my thoughts.

    He’s showing what an absolute beast he is and will continue to be.
    Work ethic is superb, movement is good, target man attributes are good and the link up with players around him is nice to see. Something we haven’t seen for many years in our team.

    As I’ve said a couple of times before – his end product boiles down to mental issues. When his self believ is back he’ll be one h3ll of a front man for us to enjoy for many years. Thank god he’s a supporter! …and because of that he won’t accept the first offer from a bigger team, hopefully.

  • 24 jazzyp // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Essex Geordie
    It was not meant as an insult to Perchinio in any shape or form.
    What I simply meant was we do not need any more fringe players to make up the squad. He is no better than a fit Ste Taylor or Mbabu.
    Signing and wasting money on these players isn’t gonna improve the 1st team mate.

  • 25 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    May’be’s McLaren is going to take the Keegan approachby signing forwards and attacking midfield players

    bugga the defence – just attack and if we score more goals than the opposition then it’s THREE points.

    Got the players to do it – if we put away our chances – creating plenty at the minute.

  • 26 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Charlie – Keegan still had a solid defence to begin with, Beresford, Barton, Peackock, Albert, Howey to name a few..

  • 27 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    These were solid defenders who actually took pride in defending – no attack minded defenders who couldnt wait to get further up the pitch!

  • 28 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Should have kept Perch he would have be ideal to step in for injuries !

    Our fringe players are always injured so can never step in when needed !! Same story again with our full back cover all out injured !!

  • 29 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    When Steve Bruce was questioned a few weeks ago about Andrew Robertson possibly being subjected to a bid of £7m by Derby, he remarked they’d have to pay double that. Obviously they have to say a figure higher than they’d really accept for brinkmanship purposes. We should put in a £10m bid to test their resolve. Easily one of the best young attacking LBs in the country.

    That’s my take on the LB situation, although there are no signs that we’re actively pursuing a player for that position in this wndow.

  • 30 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Expect Riviere could start tomorrow, in place of Perez would be my bet, but I wouldn’t rule out in place of Mitrovic, I imagine Schteve is pretty annoyed with all the chances he’s spurned.

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    But at the moment we don’t have great defence – so maybe the best form of defence is Attack

  • 32 Toon_Tom // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Charlie – i get your thinking but we still need a big commanding CB to keep the rest in order IMO.

    But more attacking players is certainly more pleasing on the eye

  • 33 Tsunki // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Jeff. Thanks.

  • 34 hibbitt // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    by charlie them were the days never won nowt but good times all the same way better then shit we have had to put up with for the last few years

  • 35 Mister Tuff // Jan 22, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Assam Toon – don’t know how far you have extended your search but Newcastle has a large Indian community and the uni is popular with Indian Students.
    Newcastle has it’s own Hindu Temple and a new Sikh temple overlooking SJP. As such there are quite a few websites by the Indian Community (and associations)where you might be able to get further assistance for your propsed visit.

  • 36 LGFUAD21 // Jan 22, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Article in the Chron has reminded me.

    Lets go after Luuk De Jong.

    I dont care if he flopped in a poor team in a relegation fight playing out of position.

    He’s leading the scoring in the Eredivise this season showing he’s not a 1 season wonder there and he’s played with Gini. If Gini came for £15m I cant imagine it being much for Luuk.

    Get him

  • 37 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 2:36 PM


    I’m not sure that spurned’s the right word to describe Mitro’s missed chances.

    I still say he has a problem with timing his jumps – how many’s he put over? Maybe he’d benefit from some coaching from Shearer – if big Al’s prepared to give the lad the benefit of his experience on a one-to-one private basis?

    C’mon Al, help the lad try to emulate you

  • 38 Essex Geordie Bill // Jan 22, 2016 at 2:36 PM


    Blimey that is an outside the box (no pun intended) proposal.

    Can’t see us going for him or him wanting to come back here.

    Have faith, the strikers we have are going to start scoring shedloads of goals.

  • 39 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 2:38 PM


    Take note of Mr Tuff’s advice – he’s talking sense for once.


  • 40 lesh // Jan 22, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    It’s becoming clear that Charnley’s unable to deal with more than one thing at a time.

    If he had his way, he’d be asking for a special six-month window, just for us!

  • 41 nightfa11 // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    I think berahino will replace sissoko.. Sissoko has been waiting to get out of newcastle for years now.. So if we can get 15 Mio plus koubiyali or whatever his name is..and buy berahino with that money well be ok..

    Janmaat colo Mbemba dummet
    Shelvey saivet
    Berahino wini perez

    I still dont understand why we’re called a sellout club..we only made profit on carroll, cabaye, ba & pocket change on debuchy.. And cabaye, ba and debuchy protested and demanded a move.. On other signings we lost money.. This whole theory is basically based on 1 signing – carroll..and we got 20 mio over his value for him..

  • 42 Ravostag // Jan 22, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Gunter singed? Fingers burnt again with some of our signings

  • 43 TroubledToon // Jan 22, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    That isn’t too hard now, is it?

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