Newcastle Again Linked With Impressive Center-Back

Leicester City proved last season that all the nonsense we kept hearing from Alan Pardew about how Newcastle United couldn’t compete with the top clubs was only that – complete nonsense.

Leicester are a very well run club and after only just avoiding relegation in 2015, they went on famously to win the Premier League by a massive 10  points from second top Arsenal last season.

Leicester showed that with some astute business in the transfer market, clubs didn’t have to replicate the big clubs and spend  massive amounts on individual players to win the Premier League.

lewis dunk

Lewis Dunk – Brighton center-back

You need a top manager like Claudio Ranieri and a good squad and then anything is possible.

We just hope Leicester can keep most of their squad this summer and challenge again next season – good luck to them.

After that initial positive preamble on The Foxes, it seems they are also interested in Brighton & Hove Albion center-back Lewis Dunk, who Newcastle have also been linked with this summer.

Newcastle were first reported to be interested in Dunk back in January of 2012 when he was just 20 years old – and it seems we have kept tabs on him ever since.

The Sun is reporting today that Claudio Ranieri is keen on the centre-back who has made 149 total appearances for The Seagulls.

Crystal Palace have reportedly had a £5M bid turned down for him and the news is that Chris Hughton wants twice that amount before he will sell.

Maybe a bid of around£8M would suffice and certainly he would seem to be a good buy for Newcastle at that price;  we need at least one center-back brought in this summer with Steven Taylor gone and Fabricio Coloccini also expected to leave this summer.

Dunk had an excellent season last term for Brighton and at 6ft 4ins tall he has the height that is currently missing in Newcastle’s back-line.

Newcastle have not yet made a bid for the player, but an advantage we could have to attract Lewis to Newcastle is our world-class manager Rafa Benitez.

Rafa seemed to have an impact on players like Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba, Vurnon Anita, Karl Darlow, Moussa Sissoko and others once he arrived at the club in March; he made them into better players over the final 10 games of last season.

Newcastle probably need a couple of center-backs brought in this summer and we think Dunk would be a good buy for the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #1

    This news about Dunk takes the biscuit (Rich Tea)

  • Belfast

    Jun 19, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Tough crowd Jib tough crowd.


    Jun 19, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Reported they turned down 10 mill for him a week or so ago…good luck with that 8 mill bid from a direct competitor though should work out well

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s the way I tell ’em (in a Frank Carson accent)

  • Jack Root

    Jun 19, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Championship experience is one of those football clichés. If you have good players and the right tactics you will win football matches in any league and Dunk is just the strong CB we need. The defence has required a minimum of two new additions. We spent most of last season without a LB and adequate cover across the back four. Coloccini and Taylor were somewhat of a liability and Dunk would be a quality signing from what I saw of his season in the Championship. A CB who can dominate at both ends of the field.
    Let’s not forget that we were relegated but have a squad of some good players but requiring major additions irrespective of departures. However, whoever goes and whoever comes in we just have to trust the manager who is at the end of the day the best manager this club has employed since Bobby Robson and the most successful manager in the club’s history.

  • Yo-yo

    Jun 19, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #6

    If its Dunk so be it – but FFS let’s have no more complacency in establishing a rock solid back four. If Mbemba and Lascelles turn out to be No1 pairing then fine but make sure there is top quality cover for all those extra games from our Cup runs.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Yo yo
    why don’t you text Rafa ?
    he probably hasn’t realised

  • Jack Root

    Jun 19, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Its been a slow burn but we can finally dream again. Word is that there will be transfer activity within the next 7- 10 days. Irrespective of that watching the team in recent seasons has been a slow, tortured death of what is a beloved institution. Word to the media constantly has Benitez communicating thoughts of a much better tomorrow. The Ashley model of signings by committee, no investment in players over 26, not up- grading training facilities; buying players for sell-on value and the last eight years simply feel like a bad dream

    It did take two relegations to achieve it but Ashley has finally acknowledged that you need qualified and talented people to run a football club successfully. Under Kinnear/Pardew, Carver and McClaren the football world at large laughed at us but they’re not laughing now.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #9

    More from Lee Ryder

    Chief scout Graham Carr remains on the board at Newcastle but Benitez has put together his own list of targets after he was handed full responsibility on transfers.

    Charnley and Benitez will still tap into Carr’s expertise and contacts in the coming months and despite reports the Northampton-based scout was ready to quit the club, he has resumed his long-term contract which still has three years left to run.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #10

    On defenders
    Lubo Satka posted this on the club website

    “I went home for a couple of weeks straight after the season finished and I did a bit of running and training, but I tried to rest my legs a bit.

    But now is the time to start working again to get ready for the pre-season.

    I’ve been able to use the facilities at my old club, Dubnica, to train. Their season has just finished and I’ve been doing some individual stuff in the gym, and some running.

    It’s the last year of my contract so I’m basically fighting for a new deal and to try to impress the manager.

    Pre-season is tough so you want to come back ready. I think it’s the same for everyone – all the other boys will be doing some work while they’re off.

    But if you want to impress, you’ve got to do more than everyone else and see what happens.

    I’m looking forward to getting back. I haven’t been playing for Newcastle for a while – I was out on loan which was good but also frustrating as well, because of York’s results – and I haven’t seen the lads for a while.

    I’ve been in touch with most of them because we have a group message but it’ll be good to see them all again. And I’ll look forward to it even more if Slovakia can beat England on Monday! “

  • Jack Root

    Jun 19, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #11

    By list of targets this could well be positional needs but equally the targetting of specific individuals. It should make for more comprehensive coverage than Carr’s fixation with French signings.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #12

    A goalscorer is the priority
    Historically Rafa has never been content with inherited strikers.
    Whenever he has taken on a new venture he has always endeavoured to bring in strikers he rates.
    There will be a totally left field signing of a forward I am sure – someone never even mentioned or thought of.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #13

    A case in point is Fernando Torres.
    The powers that were at Liverpool nearly shit themselves when Rafa wanted him for £20 million
    His games to goals was phenomenal for his first 3 seasons – the 4th Rafa was gone
    33 24
    24 14
    22 18
    23 09
    Liverpool sold him for £50 million !

  • NUFCPaul

    Jun 19, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Sissoko starting for France tonight. Let’s see just how good he really thinks he is. The world is watching, do your stuff. Hopefully a good game will equate to us getting a good price for a redundant player.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #15

    I can’t believe what I’m reading here today. The sad irony is that as (c)arl admits to knowing the blogs history as a long term poster and reader that he surely knows that everyone who has posted regularly on here knows he also posts as Ian Toon, Jack Root and many more. Why bother stirring shite up just post as a normal poster instead of constantly stirring shite up, you are without doubt a calculating snide.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Sissoko and Cabaye picked for a pretty meaningless game – to give the 1st teamers a breather.
    Gouffran and Saivet could have done that !

  • carl

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #17


  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #18

    June is boring, even with the Euro’s on. I have no doubt that Rafa will sign players who haven’t been mentioned in the papers or on the blogs. Have to agree with WWSBRD. We won’t get Dunk for 8M from a direct competitor. They’ll hang on to him. Good young CB’s are difficult to develop. We’ve tried a few times. Good comes to mind.

  • carl

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #19


  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #20

    10 minutes gone
    Hands up if you’ve seen Sissoko do anything with the ball !

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #21

    All I’ve seen him do is get in the way a few times

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #22

    And he is not a patch on Pogba!

  • NUFCPaul

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Sissoko always looks totally disinterested to me. And moves around like he’s walking in treacle, bar the odd, rare burst from midfield.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #24


    You are bang out of there regarding sissoko, what’s he done with the ball in the last 10 minutes, i tell you what he’s done.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Well he has looked at it like he normally do, you can’t expect him to do anthing else, that’s why we want big money for him.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #26

    I bet he gets injured now and he won’t be back until 2 or 3 days after the transfer window shuts, so we won’t be able to sell him in the summer.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Come on then sissoko, show all the toons fans that you deserve playing for a champions league team, although i think you would not get in to any first team.

  • jane

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Albania have scored

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Sissokohohoho. I bet CL teams are queing up to spend 20m on him eh? 😉

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #30

    To say he’s been ineffective would be being generous to him. No doubt the toon will be to blame for her s international form.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 19, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Sissoko’s value rapidly going down.
    How he became an international player I’ll never know.

    Mister Tubbs…………………………………….OOT
    Ian Toon………………………………………….OOT
    Carl Toonson……………………………………OOT
    Jack Root Toonson…………………………..OOT
    Finkler Toonson………………………………OOT
    Mr Funk Toonson …………………………..OOT
    Pushy Pardew Toonson …………………..OOT
    John Irving Toonson………………………..OOT

    And they’re just the ones I can recall.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Ian carlson

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Might actually look like a good player in the Championship, but CL? You’re ‘aving a giraffe geezer. 😉

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #34

    My god what a fabulously interesting poster Mr Tuff is !
    Rivetting stuff !

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Champions League………… More like the Championship league 🙂

  • martoon

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Oh dear – he fell over 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #37

    I think that sums sissoko up. Anonymous most of the game, interspersed with the occasional flash of brilliance. We all know what he can do, he just doesn’t do it often enough.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #38

    He’s essentially a squad player for France. Not charged with much more than running around and keeping possession. He does it pretty well though, a bit like Milner for us, but we know he does have that capacity to also run at the heart of defences to great effect with the ball at his feet. He wouldn’t be out of place at a Champions League club, but he’s no Kevin De Bruyne certainly. I’d rather we kept him, and I think he’d be better off if he did, he really has more to offer us than say an Arsenal or equivalent.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #39

    He blocked payets free kick lol

  • martoon

    Jun 19, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m pretty sure it was Sissoko who blocked Payet’s free kick which was heading towards the top corner!


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