Newcastle Activate £5m Release Clause In Ciaran Clark’s Contract


The Times are reporting that Newcastle have activated the release clause in 26 year-old Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark contract and is said to be on the verge of a move to the Tyneside club.

The release clause is for £5M and was put there in case Aston Villa were relegated, so it will be interesting if he then joins another Championship club.

Ciaran can play at center-back, left back or in defensive midfield.

Clark has spent his entire senior career with Villa up until this time,  but the news suggests that Clark will soon become a Newcastle player.

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Ciaran Clark – Newcastle have activated release clause in his Villa contract

The news was put out by George Caulkin of The Times on his Twitter account.

Newcastle have also today activated the release clause in Mo Diame’s contract at Hull City and Newcastle are discussing terms with the Senegal International midfielder.

Hull City are keen to keep the player until they appoint a new manager and wanted him on the plane for their pre-season tour of Austria today for friendly games with Turkish side Caykur Rizespor and Italian club Torino.

But he wasn’t on the plane and club officials said it was because of an upcoming court appearance he has to make.

We’ll see about that.

Ciaran Clark has lots of experience in the Premier League having played 134 Premier league games with 7 goals, and he has played for the England U17, U18, U19 and U20 sides and has 19 International caps with two goals for Ireland.

He qualifies to play for Ireland because both of his parents are Irish and he pledged to play for them in October of 2010 and made his debut in February 2011 against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Clark came through the Youth Academy at Aston Villa and made his debut in 2009, in the 2–0 win against Fulham and he played 159 games for the club with 10 goals.

Ciaran has had a little bit of a difficult time of it at the Euros for Ireland and conceded an own goal against Sweden after 71 minutes and then had a poor game against Belgium – as did most of the Irish players in the 3-0 defeat, with all the goals coming in a poor second half for the Irish.

But the 26 year-old is a very accomplished player and Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez must rate him if has gone after the 6ft 2ins defender.

Indeed the Chronicle are reporting tonight that Rafa Benitez is a big admirer of the 26 year-old and wants to make him a big part of his plans at Newcastle.

Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo obviously does not want to lose the player and he has been on the wanted list at West Brom this summer.

He would be a very good acquisition for Newcastle United and maybe Clark and Diame are some of the players Rafa has been wanting to get into the club over the last week or two?

It seems like this is the second release clause Newcastle have activated today – wonder if there are any more?

Comments welcome.


185 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Clarks release clause is £5million…

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #2

    First signing of Rafa’s that I would be concerned about.

    He is pure shoite.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #3

    As I just read on Twitter. Bringing in Ciaran Clark to replace Steven Taylor is like bringing in Steven Taylor to replace Steven Taylor.

    Very similar players. Both clownishly bad at times.

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  • Average_Contents

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #4

    A younger version of willo…yay.

    Isn’t he the one with the decent freekicks though or was that another villa defender?

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m surprised at this one but as cover goes it’s sensible. I’m not convinced by him but perhaps rafa see’s something in him.

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  • firebug666

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #6

    SUTTY1978 @70 Previous

    I think we will sign Diame, even without a release clause as he is 29 years now, getting on for a midfielder after leaving us in a couple of seasons he will no doubt be off to America to wind down his career.

    Looking forward to Friday where we will record our first win of the season…….. hopefully!

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #7

    So…our transfer business may look like this when fulham game comes around:

    OUT:
    Cisse – £6m
    Cabella – £7m
    Townsend – £13m
    Wijnaldum – £25m
    £51m

    IN:
    GK – Sels – £4.5m
    RB – Gamez – £4m
    CB – Hanley – £5.5m
    CB – Clark – £5m
    CDM – Hayden – £2.5m
    CM – Diame – £4.5m
    RW – Ritchie – £12m
    ST – Gayle – £9m
    £47m

    Still a £4m profit…

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Tony
    Well am game to bring the competition back mate

    Butler still comes on from time to time not as regularly though

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  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #9

    WWSBRD 3_1 the toon Friday mate

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #10

    We already have 4 Cb’s. This I do not understand.

    Jamestoon

    Did we really pay 4 mill for Gamez

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t know enough about Clark to comment other than he’s clearly has some experience looking at his various caps including Ireland. However he’s been involved with a very shaky Villa side scrapping in the Prem so must be fairly battle hardened while in a poor side.
    I suspect that Rafa is looking for some steel in his central midfield players to combat some of the more robust teams we will come up against…so street fighters are in his planning and that seems to make sense…so in Rafa we trust etc

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #12

    i’m hoping for knockeart , diame and the young manure cb !

    shame if thauvin goes as i really do think he woul be great if given a run under rafa but tbh i’d take knockeart as a straight swap and the same with sissoko and diame tbh.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Tony
    Oh I was going to say that! I will go a nervy 2-1 toon

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  • Belfast

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #14

    5 million ? Sounds a bit steep.

    The familiar theme here is signing players who can play in a number of positions.

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  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #15

    WWSBRD your pick next time, I’m off now speak tomorrow mate I’m back like Arnie haha

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Tony
    Have a good in mate

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #17

    now the guardian saying we’re closing in on a deal for anthony knockaert?!!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Least we’ll have a Welshman, Irishmam, Scotsman and an Englishman all competing for positions in defence, knowing their places aren’t guaranteed.

    Good potential for healthy competition and camaraderie to evolve.

    Just need a Northern Irishman now.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #19

    In the words of John McEnroe “you can’t be serious”!!

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Knockheart sounds like a great addition and step by step you can see a squad with depth , experience and youthful ambition taking shape …

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Who are the four CB’s. Dummet can’t be the LB and the fourth choice CB, Rafa’s here now. McCardew and the purple posse are a thing of the past.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Hail Wor Ashley
    August 1, 2016

    Nudge nudge wink wink

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Knockeart and Diame hopefully on their way. More squad depth and competition for places

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  • firebug666

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Don’t know much of Clark, but I suspect that if Rafa wants him he will also know what the lads needs to do to progress. If he has an extra 10% to give Rafa will get that out of him and maybe a bit more.

    I think Rafa coaches to an individual players strengths and builds his team from that, so I’m not worried to much over any signings we have.

    Going for us controlling the game on Friday and winning 2-0. HWTL

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Surprise surprise the stalker returns with his nit picking antics again

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Shirebrook

    Would be very happy with those 2 pal

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Jazzy

    Not to keen on Clark though. Hoping that it’s just a smoke screen for more incoming players

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Belfast

    Need somebody that can focus on the ball first and foremost, you’ve one eye in Coleraine and the other in Dunblane, so I’m told.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Jazzyp,
    Grow up ffs and stop acting like a little girl. I asked earlier who the fourth CB was. I’m just pointing out that we’re no longer making do with the CB as the LB and just because a player is a “purple” he has to play regardless of his position ie putting Mbwia in as RB just for the sake of playing him and ruining him. We do not have a fourth CB if Dummet is LB.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Shirebrook

    Me neither mate to be honest. Out of all the signings as of yet this seems a strange one.
    I understand depth in numbers, But I’m sure there are better targets out there if Rafa is after another CB

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Is Ciaran Clark maybe being brought in as a left back?? He has played there a lot for Villa and does have good delivery with his left foot!

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #32

    If rafa rates cairan clark, I trust his judgement, he is normally a good judge of defenders, clark was poor for ireland, but so was alot of the team, he can play several positions, its all about having squad depth, 46 games is a long season, and we need cover, if we sign diame, clark, knockaert, and bamford, which also is apparently a done deal

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #33

    There’s mentions that the clause is only £750k for Clark??

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Think this means we won’t be signing a left back, suppose Gamez looked decent there and Dummett is defensively sound

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  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #35

    How can any scout have ever looked at Clarke and thought “now that’s the player I want”. Makes utterly no sense buying him, we have four CB’s so what’s the point? This will be up there with the Thauvin balls up last summer

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Just wondering when people say that we have 4 CBS who do they mean?

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail

    Maybe if you lay off me every time I f@cking post and have a debate rather than belittle and nit pick then things might change.
    Strange how you bit straight away so you obviously know what your doing.
    As I have said before pal please feel free to skip over my moniker when it appears .
    I never pull you up on any of your posts so why do you mine all the time ??

    Strange how Our toon can voice the same concerns and you have a debate. Yet I say the same and get sh@t from you.
    For weeks now the constant question of uninspired signing quote re Gayle that I have had to put up with, Yet Tuffers.. Lilongwe… Beermonkey voice the same concern while your on the blog and say jack to them.
    So maybe you should heed your own words and grow up for f@ck sake and pick on another poor fella

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Jamestoon

    Where you getting the reports its 750k

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Lee charnley

    Does Dummett by his own admission admit he prefers it at CB rather than left back buddy. So would say that gives us 4

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  • Beardsleys Love Child

    Aug 1, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Do people just presume clark is shoite because villa got relegated…who here can actually say they saw a single villa game last year..and now we have too many centrebacks..oh no too much strength in depth..hilarious..if Rafa ‘ champions league winner’ rates him so do i

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