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Newcastle Have A New Giant Center-Back Target

9:10 am, Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 72 Comments

With 31 year-old Atletico Madrid full-back Jesus Gamez expected to sign soon for Newcastle, Rafa Benitez would also like to get a center-back in before the club leaves for their week-long Ireland training and fitness camp on Saturday.

And there’s news in the local papers today that a new defender target has emerged – and he’s Bristol City’s giant 6ft 6ins center-back Aden Flint, who turns 27 on Monday.

This is the first time Newcastle have been linked with Flint and the big lad is said to be interesting a number of clubs.


Aden Flint – 26 year-old Bristol City center-back

Since he is one of Bristol City’s best players they are understandably not too willing to sell,  but only last week Newcastle were able to pries Matt Ritchie away from Bournemouth by paying out a decent fee to the club and giving Matt top wages to join Newcastle.

There is a big attraction at the moment for players to join Newcastle with the Rafa Benitez revolution – the Rafalution – just starting on Tyneside.

By joining now players can get in on the ground floor with what could be a new great side Rafa will build at Newcastle, while he also gets the club ship-shape and more like other big and successful clubs in England.

Flint has been at Bristol City for three years now since signing on from Swindon Town in 2013 – and he also has a contract that runs until 2019 at the Ashton Gate club.

Since joining Bristol City Aden has played 139 games for the club with 24 goals and last season he played 39 games with six goals.

Flint began his career in 2007 with Central Midlands Football League club Pinxton before moving to the Conference North in the summer of 2008 when he joined Alfreton Town.

Aden moved to Swindon Town in January of 2011 and played 79 times for them with 8 goals before moving to Bristol City for a meager £300K in June, 2013.

And this lad can score goals too and in May of last year, in the final game of the 2014–15 Championship season, he scored his first ever hat-trick in the 8–2 demolition of Walsall.

That season he scored 15 goals in 57 appearances for Bristol City.

The news is that Rafa is hoping there will be further progress on this potential deal in the coming days.

Benitez takes his Newcastle squad to Ireland on Saturday for a full week in County Kildare, so if players are signed after Saturday they can always join the squad there to train and start meeting and bonding with their new team-mates.

Comments welcome.

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

72 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:12 AM


    should be interesting ????!!!!!

  • 2 Veltmann // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Caulker or Kolo Toure will do for me.Don’t feel like either will happen though.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Could be the news that sends him over the edge.

  • 4 martoon // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Cyprus from last topic – that is a little unfair. Armstrong was on loan last season and then away on International duty and then injured so Rafa has not been able to assess him yet!

  • 5 emperor // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    gamez mbemba lascelles dummet
    ritchie colback shelvey aarons
    mitro gayle

    Not bad so far assuming gini sissoko janmaat leave we will still be strong

  • 6 Howay50 // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Here’s a defender who scored more goals than most of our strikers last season. 6 goals in 39 games.

  • 7 nut meg // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Here’s a link to some of his goals & he’s a big lad as well.

  • 8 Spoof // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Can’t say I’m enthusiastic about this one !

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 7, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    15 goals in 57 is very productive for a centre half. Sounds promising.

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    As much as i would like this player in because of his height, i get the feeling there will be no more news today on this one, seems to be linked with different defenders every day, hope this is more genuine, his height playing alongside lascelles would stop goals going in from set pieces, especially free kicks just outside our box and also those two would be leathal at the other end, bit like Leicester’s Morgan and Huth.

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    According to Wikipedia he’s 6 ft 5ins and lascelles is 6 ft 2ins.

  • 12 Wayayman // Jul 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Distraction from the main targets I hope. Not over-enamoured by this possibility.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM saying that Gámez paves the way for Jaanmat to leave and they know their stuff. Three defenders out and one in, we need at least three more in for every out.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Even Mclaren knew we needed more. I just can’t see Rafa allowing for a defence that has no competition for places and is relying on having a totatally injury and suspension free season.

  • 15 kakaobi // Jul 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Basically we’ve got to look at teams who have a realistic chance of being promoted and weaken them buy buying their better players that was the Liverpool way of 80’s

  • 16 hibbitt // Jul 7, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    if the signings Rafa has made so far are anything to go by the defenders Rafa has in mind wont be on any of the press radars we need a cb and a lb ASP
    be prepared for more surprises
    in Rafa we trust

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Jul 7, 2016 at 10:56 AM


    a CB who can score with a left foot screamer and a rabona as well!!

  • 18 geordie157 // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Living in swindon, I’ve seen Flint quite a lot….he is great in the air and scored some great bullet headers.

    The only problem is that he’s not very mobile and gets done for pace, ie he’s probably worse than Williamson was on the ball but he will get you at least ten goals a season.

    Decent signing just not sure he’d cope at the top level.

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Not many comments by posters about Armstrongs prospects this season. Quite surprised. I posted a couple of weeks ago that I was excited about which club he would be loaned out to this season.
    Will have to wait a bit longer to find out.

  • 20 Mister Tuff // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Did Benitez not say he was only going to buy PL standard players. This might rule out this lad.

  • 21 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    What a strange blog, that people get more excited that I might be angry over half a post, than be concerned about our best young player being injured. Sorry to disappoint but if you read the full story, Rafa says ‘it’s a problem, but a good problem.’ How many times has Rafa seen Arma in the flesh playing? None. The problem is he’s currently injured and unable to show what he can do. Naturally this makes it difficult for Rafa to assess him and there lies the problem. Rafa is being honest and only a half wit would consider that as saying Arma ain’t good enough. Rafa has said however, he’s aware of what a great season he had at Coventry. I support NUFC and whatever Rafa does, as manager, I’ll accept it, but if anybody thinks this is Arma being written off because he’s injured, then they either don’t understand English, or don’t get how football works. He’s been asked about Arma and his answer is as honest as it gets. And jail, seriously, your family photos? Not right for the blog mate. 😉

  • 22 lochinvar // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Isn’t he a film star

    ” Our Man Flint”

  • 23 Veltmann // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    I only saw Armstrong once.Whether he is part of Rafa’s plan will be decided by his displays on the preseason.Would like him to be a back up if he impresses but wouldn’t give a flyers if he loaned out as well.

  • 24 jimmysmith // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Yes, there is an awful lot riding on the season, that can only make it tougher for him, but really, if he’s good enough, he’ll be in. If he isn’t quite there, he’s got time on his side.

    6 foot 6, in terms of pure physics, is surely too tall for a centre back. How would he handle an Aguerro type for instance?

    Mmmmm…….time to practice my mantra-“must keep an open mind, must keep an open mind, must keep an open mind.”

  • 25 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Veltman, that’s where the problem is. He’s currently injured and has had to pull out of the England U19’s for their championship. This makes it difficult for Rafa to make a proper assessment until he’s fit again. Let’s just hope he gets fit in time to prove himself, because imo, having watched the kid too many times to count, he’s a better finisher bar none to what we currently have. I’ll trust Rafa’s judgement all day long.

  • 26 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Jimmy, the voice of reason. 😉

  • 27 FollowFollow // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Goals from all over the pitch and options to help break teams down are important for us this season. He looks like he can help with that.

    Would be glad to get good money in for Janmaat. Of all of our players who lack heart, he’s top bottler.

  • 28 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    I believe that every player should contribute goals throughout the season no matter what position they play in. Not just the odd one or two, but 4-5 minimum. Those players will have flaws, like all players, but at least they have the contribution of goals, so it’s nice if we are linked with productive players.

  • 29 Ron Knee // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Headline in the Chronic:
    “Still no bods for Wijnaldum”
    Make of that what you will!

  • 30 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Not really sure if this is a Rafa type signing. Geordie157 has seen the lad play, unlike the majority of us and his opinion is based on eyewiness accounts – always worth listening to in these situations. Rafa likes CB’s who are comfortable on the ball and geordie157’s description doesn’t really fit the Rafa model. Not convinced, but wait and see.

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Jul 7, 2016 at 11:53 AM

  • 32 WWSBRD // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Howay mate we are just having a laugh, Uve banged the Arma drum to HBA level

  • 33 Veltmann // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Bobbybee – I was written him off first time I saw him because of his height.I am guessing he has same height as Messi.And that is too short for a center forward and vulnerable to get marked,esp by defenders.But seeing scored creditable goals out and you praising him a lot,he has future.Said that because can’t remember a striker with too short a height and progresses a lot or become a natural scorer in football..

  • 34 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    LR32, I agree that everybody should contribute goals in an ideal world. That’s basically how we came back up last time, after all. The tricky bit is getting the balance right. A player might score ten goals a season from corners, but what if he’s responsible for letting in double that because he’s too slow? Where do you draw the line? I think defending comes first for a CB, but ten goals would come in handy! 😉

  • 35 Veltmann // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    It’s not an Arma drum. It’s pure football discussion.If you don’t like it,refrain from it.

  • 36 jimmysmith // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Aguerro, Maradona, Pele. Hughie Gallagher…….ah ok, I also wonder if he lacks the athleticism. Aguerro and Messi so strong, so quick. To be honest Arma reminds me of Paul Dickov, no mug, but no Gazza either. WTF would I know of course, time will tell.

  • 37 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Is Jesus Gamez in Newcastle yet.

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:09 PM


    Sorry that seems short sighted and limited view to have. the list of successful small strikers is endless and they all possess a far better turning circle than say a Crouch for example. Maradona, our own Beardo etc etc.

    Many teams no longer play with a big target man, a Carroll for example is the exception to the rule these days where teams tend to play much more with quick mobile skilful strikers who can get in behind or even a false number 9.

  • 39 WWSBRD // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:13 PM


  • 40 Veltmann // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    You perfectly heard what I said!!

  • 41 Veltmann // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Rotonda – I don’t usually agree with your short sighted view on AP as well but were Maradona and Beardo played as a center forward?

  • 42 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Veltman, Aguero for one! 😉 Arma’s five foot eight, which isn’t that short, but he has upper body strength that makes him difficult to shift. All his youth days – Academy, U21’s England youth and Coventry. He’s come up against much bigger players, but has scored for fun at every level. There’s some bloody big CB’s in the first division, but he scored 20 in a poor Coventry side. He doesn’t rely on height, he relies on his first 15 yards of blistering pace and an amazing ability to finish. He scores with both feet equally well and scores literally from anywhere. 40 yards, 30, 20 10, it doesn’t matter. He still scores goals. Check out youtube for his goals mate and you’ll see what I mean. We have nobody else at the club who does that, even with our new signings. Billy Bremner was no bigger and nobody bullied him off the ball. 😉

  • 43 WWSBRD // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Ok then, firstly I was aiming my comment towards Bobby to explain why I brought him up on the previous thread (something he referenced and seemed to take umbrage with, I havnt got an issue with Bobby and didnt want to start one) also the Arma drum comment was slightly wider than just the discussion u two were having (Bobby has been touting Arma for longer than today bud)

    Secondly not sure what a ‘pure football discussion’ is, though surely the opinion of ‘hes not tall enough’ is a touch outdated?

  • 44 John Tudor // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    hi ho, hi ho, its off to work we go

  • 45 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Welshie, your boys did you proud throughout the Euro’s marra, you can feel very proud of them. I heard Jesus was flying in today, but as it’s nice, he might have chosen to walk across the channel! 😉

  • 46 Veltmann // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    No need to explain all that.I am not interested.
    Your posts and opinions doesn’t attract me anyway,so..

  • 47 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    WWSBRD, you weren’t in my mind when I made that comment marra, so no problem arises between us. Long may it remain that way too.

  • 48 Belfast // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    This would actually be a sensible signing imo decent replacement for Willamson, knows the division and chips in with a fair few goals. He’d also be cheap.

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:40 PM


    Thanks for that mate.

  • 50 WWSBRD // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Fair enough sunshine…maybe there too short eh

    Cool bud haha

  • 51 Belfast // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Think Leeds could be surprise contenders this season, if the mad italian keeps his nose out. I see they’ve signed that lad from Oxford who we were linked with and a couple of other decent signings.

  • 52 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:41 PM


    You sound like an angry person.

  • 53 expatmag // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    In the words of that Geordie tosspot from canada

    Haraumph….or whatever that is supposed to mean

  • 54 bettyswallocks // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    The shorter players that have done well over the years are all incredibly strong , with excellent balance and a low centre of gravity.

    Rafa does seem to prefer the smaller, quicker skillful striker as oppose to lumping it up to a big target man. This is evident by his signing of Gayle. Arma fits into this category so hopefully when he is fit he will impress Rafa sufficiently to be given his chance.

  • 55 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:46 PM


    i take it that you don’t like GeordieTwo.

    Ha ha ha

  • 56 Rafa Revolution // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Leeds have signed Roofe, he’d have been a good signing for us

  • 57 bettyswallocks // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:47 PM

    Bobby@45………… He can’t do that anymore cos his feet leak.

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Are you from Ethiopia?

  • 59 lochinvar // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Beginning to loose track of what’s reality these days… about signing some of these lads

    Manchester City Football Club have signed a new young player – but one who will never set foot on the pitch.
    Instead 18-year-old Kieran “Kez” Brown joins the club as its first e-sports player.
    He will represent the club at e-sports tournaments, playing popular computer game Fifa.
    Premier League rivals West Ham signed their first Fifa player, Sean “Dragonn” Allen, in May and many other top flight clubs are keen to get involved.
    “It’s exciting, it’s something new for the club and it’s something new for me,” said Mr Brown.
    “I’m going to live stream on Twitch, I’m going to be making videos for Manchester City’s YouTube channel and I’m going to be playing some City fans and representing City in future tournaments, which I’m looking forward to.”

  • 60 Belfast // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Sounds like a job that would interest me lol

  • 61 Rotonda heights // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:55 PM


    I think you’ve nailed vetltmann, sounds very, very similar to that guy from ethiopia, angry little guy who generally talked b……ks.

  • 62 JP...from The Rock // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    A goalscoring CB giant!? I’ll take him! When was the last time we had a CB that was a constant threat to the opposition? Sounds very promising.

    I am currently watching a repeat of the match against Man City on BeIn Sports 2 and it has reminded me how awful Gouffran is. He is shocking bad and Mbabu is brilliant in tis game.

  • 63 bettyswallocks // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Going back to the debate on height or lack of it and whether or not it’s a real hindrance, one of our very own posters Tsunki is apparently of dwarf like proportions. I’m sure he used to play at a fairly decent level so maybe he could throw some light on to how much of a handicap it is being extremely small when playing sport.

  • 64 Belfast // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Full time Playstation pro.

  • 65 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Sky Sports Breaking News

    Man Utd begin negotiations over £100 million deal to sign Paul Pogba.


  • 66 ShirebrookToon // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Bet he’s never had a girlfriend lol

  • 67 welshgeordie9 // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    That’s frigging stupid money, he’s not worth that.

  • 68 ShirebrookToon // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    100 million plus add ons for his stupid hair cuts

  • 69 bettyswallocks // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:02 PM–/YXBwaWQ9c3JjaGRkO2g9NDU1O3E9OTU7dz02MzQ-/

    Talk of the devil.

  • 70 Belfast // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Even worse when you realize they let him go for nothing lol

  • 71 Bobbybee // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Betty, forgot about the holes in his feet. 😉 You are right on Arma. If he gets fit in time to show Rafa what he can do, then I’ll trust Rafa’s judgement, because I know he’ll be impressed. This injury couldn’t have possibly happened at a worst time, but it is what it is. No doubt he’ll suffer further injuries because of how committed he is. That’s life.
    Well, my taxi services are required again so I have to obey. 😉 I noticed your concern for Tuff last night. I wouldn’t worry, he was pulled up by Ed for attacking posters on none footballing matters and sulked, that’s all. He’ll get over it – or not. Seems to have worked anyway, so here’s to happier times. 😉

  • 72 expatmag // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:08 PM


    Consistent inanity pisses me off and he is the master of it

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