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Newcastle Again Linked With Impressive Center-Back

3:49 pm, Sunday, June 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 72 Comments

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.

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

72 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    This news about Dunk takes the biscuit (Rich Tea)

  • 2 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Tough crowd Jib tough crowd.

  • 3 WWSBRD // Jun 19, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    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

  • 4 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 4:59 PM

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

  • 5 Jack Root // Jun 19, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    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.

  • 6 Yo-yo // Jun 19, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    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.

  • 7 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 5:33 PM

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

  • 8 Jack Root // Jun 19, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    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.

  • 9 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    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.

  • 10 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    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! “

  • 11 Jack Root // Jun 19, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    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.

  • 12 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    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.

  • 13 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    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 !

  • 14 NUFCPaul // Jun 19, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    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.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    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.

  • 16 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:03 PM

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

  • 17 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:07 PM


  • 18 GeordieTwo // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    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.

  • 19 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:08 PM


  • 20 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:10 PM

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

  • 21 ShirebrookToon // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:13 PM

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

  • 22 ShirebrookToon // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    And he is not a patch on Pogba!

  • 23 NUFCPaul // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:20 PM

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

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:22 PM


    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.

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    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

  • 26 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    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.

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    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.

  • 28 jane // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Albania have scored

  • 29 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:53 PM

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

  • 30 sing in the corner // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    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.

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    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.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Ian carlson

  • 33 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:07 PM

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

  • 34 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:08 PM

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

  • 35 ShirebrookToon // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:11 PM

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

  • 36 martoon // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Oh dear – he fell over 🙂

  • 37 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    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.

  • 38 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    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.

  • 39 ShirebrookToon // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    He blocked payets free kick lol

  • 40 martoon // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:51 PM

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

  • 41 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Jib Jibberish – I see that you are on the ball again providing interesting features for your beloved readers -who await with baited breadth the next fabulous offering from your keyboard (Ian Toon/Carl et al).
    Your earlier post :-
    “Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 3:37 PM
    Shooting in Chattanooga Tennessee”

    Wow -well not a football post – but an incident of high interest which will enthrall all readers -hot off the press.

    Er well no —— last shooting there was at least 2 days ago. Duh – Rivetting stuff. Duh.

  • 42 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    breadth =breath.

  • 43 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM


  • 44 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Who’s spoof?

  • 45 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    I look at Dunks age and playing record and to me he looks like a Dummett or Lascelles, and I don’t think we need another. At face value then I’d prefer we keep Collocini for one more season and then buy a more proven CB assuming we do go back up. Another Collocini calibre player around 26 27, if the club really is gonna go about things properly from here on in.

  • 46 lochinvar // Jun 19, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Check that fruit bowl you got off Aunty Mabel a few years back…..

    Owners of one of the UK’s oldest football cups are hoping to solve a 50-year-old mystery a week before the trophy goes on display.
    The lid for the Saturday County Cup – in use since 1880 – went missing sometime between the 1960s and 1980s.
    Now the North Riding FA is trying to find it before the trophy goes on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester.
    The trophy was originally known as the Cleveland Cup.

  • 47 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    ?Expat, if you are around, I take it you think Sammi Ameobi can’t contribute for Newcastle in the Championship, but he did exactly that for a Cardiff side that fished 8th last season. 40 appearances, even if the majority are from the bench is a significant contribution.

    No one would expect or want him to start for us, but as a fourth or fifth choice winger I think he has something to offer. Point being, like Gouffran, we can at least then in theory use him to good effect, if only sparingly this coming season, then release him and upgrade at the end of the year when we are in a far better position to attract top players.

    Townsend, Perez, Aarons, Thauvin, Sammi, Gouffran, all players on our books represent formidable strength in wide attacking areas by Championship standards.

    I agree though that Bigi has not proven worth considering bringing back in.

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2016 at 6:05 AM

    I hadn’t realised Ameobi had 40 appearances, nevertheless I think it’s more telling to compare the fact that Borough who had serious ambition of promotion didn’t want him as opposed to Cardiff who thought him a bit part player, I wouldn’t be too upset if I never seen him in Black and White again.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2016 at 6:06 AM

    Big I is a strange one as well, was he only good enough in that first season because of lack of options or has he really regressed that far.

  • 50 Lindisfarne // Jun 20, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Krul and Janmaat, if we sold them all for £60M we would have a good pot of money to buy more than 4playyers. Thereby increasing the squad size, which is essential and allows new players to settle prior to competing in the PL.

    The likes of Gouffran are unlikely to attract offers, particularly with only one year of their contracts remaining and so will be useful squad players. Potentially scoring a few as late subs.

  • 51 Ron Knee // Jun 20, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    Ameobi’s cracking goal against Spurs:

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    I hope it doesn’t go into a long drawn affair haggling over Sissoko and Wijnaldum, I’m not sure what assurances Rafa got over our infamous haggling. If it means dragging your heels for an extra 3M is the disruption to preparation worth it in the long run, false economy has just cost us 130M.

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    Ron Knee,
    Does that goal and a couple of other flashes stand up to the rest of the uninspiring dross he’s served up, he couldn’t get in to Cardiff’s first eleven.

  • 54 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 20, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    Sammi might have made 39 appearances for Cardiff last season, but he got as many yellow cards as assists, and as many reds as goals. He only managed to play the full match 5 times. He only featured in 6 of the last 12 games, and I haven’t heard anyone hail his time there as a success. I’m sure Sammi would be an important player for any club looking to play in the bottom half of the Championship, but if you want to push for automatic promotion he is not the answer.

    Having the back up within the squad as below average divisional players has hardly been a recipe for success these last few years, so why would anyone think that continuing that trend is a good idea?

  • 55 Ron Knee // Jun 20, 2016 at 6:59 AM


    He’s inconsistent and has health problems. Doesn’t sound like Benitez’s type of player.

  • 56 Average_Contents // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:13 AM


    Baffling mate.

    Deadwood as far as I’m concerned is shammy.

  • 57 expatmag // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    Jimmy Smitb

    Out of those 40 appearances, how many full games did he complete? How many appearances off the bench did he make? How many goals did he score? How many assists did he make?

    I bet you a pound to a penny, his statistics are low in all counts but the sub appearances and that his impact at Cardiff was minimal to say the least.

  • 58 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:13 AM

    The problem is that selling players and then buying quality players is never easily done, and it’s made much more difficult again when you’re facing a Championship campaign. Players such as Ameobi, Rivierre, Gouffran would almost certainly make the run on 11 at all bottom half Championship clubs, for us they’d be 5th, 6th choices and good enough for that necessary role. They’d rarely play, as they didn’t last season, but the squad needs them regardless. The greatest benefit though would be they come off contract just as we look to go up, and that will significantly help with recruitment.

  • 59 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    It is exactly that sort of laissez faire attitude that saw us fail to strengthen the squad and remove deadwood last summer. I wouldn’t be claiming the same again is the way forward.

    The greatest benefit would be removing them, even if at a loss this summer, and replacing them with players capable of delivering this year and growing into solid Prem performers in a settled and balanced squad.

  • 60 expatmag // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:21 AM


    I doubt we will get anywhetr near 60 million quid for them.

    We will be lucky to get 20 million for Sissoko Janmaat and Krul and our money back on Wijnaldum……..35 mullion maximum

  • 61 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    Lilo, just how likely do you imagine it will be that Newcastle will successfully be one in selling them, and two in “replacing them with players capable of delivering this year and growing into solid Prem performers in a settled and balanced squad.” It’s not done on eBay pal. Ofcourse if the club can achieve it then it’s preferable, but it’s far easier said than done. I only put the notion forward as a likely outcome and not without merit. The most likely outcome I’d imagine a combination of the two.

  • 62 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:32 AM

    What’s deadwood in the epl, isn’t necessarily at all deadwood in the Championship of course. The other thing is these players, when and if they are called upon will be performing in a side competing most likely at the top of the league under Rafa Benitez, and with it’s tails up. It’s a totally different circumstance, and I doubt any of this will have escaped Benitez.

  • 63 Average_Contents // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Keeping players as 5th/6th choice (as you said) surely defeats the object of having them in the first place. We need players who are going to push the starting 11 not just make the bench to make up the numbers.

    If they don’t get to play but are then called upon to “fill a gap” then how much use are they likely to be because of lack of match fitness/sharpness, attitude and any number of other things.

    Pointless imo Jimmy.

    As lilo mentioned, we’ve tried that route before and look where it left us. A perennial relegation threatened team.

  • 64 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    I’m not saying what you say isn’t a big possibility. Surely it is better to aim higher, rather than settling? I’d prefer us to have a go at removing deadwood – Sammi isn’t on huge money, pay him off, loan him out again and upgrade the player we have in that role. If we can’t attract a early 20’s Championship good performer with potential and product, then it would be fair to say that when promoted we would struggle to attract good Prem quality players.

    There was interest in Gouffran last summer, and I’m sure there would be again. He didn’t leave last summer as he didn’t want to play in the Championship at Hull, but would prefer to fight for his place in the Prem.

    Riviere, well, we are stuck with him unless we take a huge financial loss. He isn’t out of contract next year though, so unless we take that loss he will continue to be a drain for another 2 or 3 years (can’t remember if he did a 4 or 5 year initial deal).

    Those first two are achievable and realistic to remove and upgrade. Riviere less so. Obviously there are others that need to be looked at, but I focus on those three as they were the ones you mention.

  • 65 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    You of course will have those players AC. Townsend, Aarons, Perez, Thauvin ahead of them for example, but we still need a 5th 6th choice of sufficient quality, and we have them as things stand. I’m sure the club is trying to get these difficult signings in, just as I’m sure they’ll be looking at their existing options should they fail to.

  • 66 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    I entirely agree it is better to aim higher. I’m sure they are, but as I said it’s likely not to happen as hoped for, and anything less than top young players to play now and play next year in the epl, to replace the likes of Amoebi, Gouffran, Rivierre would be no improvement at all.

  • 67 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Gouffran, Rivierre, and Sammi to flesh out the squad for this Championship campaign in their final seasons bears no resemblance to what’s gone on before. I’m surprised you think it does. Gouffran and Rivierre were bought to play in the epl, and certainly weren’t great signings for that purpose. This is very different.

  • 68 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Chronic indicated Rivierre out of contract at the end of this coming season. If not the case, then I’ve been misled by that infernal rag.

  • 69 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    All three of those players are easily upgradable, and should be upgraded. 2 of them are easy to dispose of and replace, on loan, paid up, or allowed to move for a nominal fee. Riviere should be in one of those categories, but because of the ludicrous wages and fee, plus his utter lack of talent at a decent level we are stuck with unless the club take a huge hit.

    I don’t understand why any fan would want to keep players who are easily upgraded. Ameobi has struggled at every Championship club he has been to. How does that make him suitable back up? Gouffran has never been more than a workman like top flight player. I think he could do okay in the Championship, but I’d prefer to see him moved on with a replacement brought in or promoted from within.

    5th or 6th choices at any club should be talented youngsters, not journeymen strikers cum midfielders, or mid 20’s wingers who have struggled in most of the opportunities presented to them. Why accept low level mediocrity?

    You don’t seem to want to lose the first teamers, and you don’t seem to want to lose the back up. Were we that impressive last season?

  • 70 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Well that’s where we differ Lil. I don’t think they’ll be easily replaced. We’ll see though of course, and hopefully you are right.

  • 71 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    I want to have the right players in when we go back up, and I think the squad we have now under Benitez is quite comfortably the strongest in the Championship.

  • 72 jimmysmith // Jun 20, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    “Why accept low level mediocrity?”

    Gouffran and Rivierre, even Sammy are low level mediocrity 5th 6th Championship choices. They are the opposite, but as I said hopefully we can get the right players in now. No argument there.

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