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Newcastle Interested In Scottish International Defender

10:02 am, Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 82 Comments

The Scottish Daily Record is reporting that Newcastle have joined the race to sign £1M rated Scottish International defender Callum Paterson.

The London-born Hearts defender has been capped once by Scotland last May in the 1-0 defeat against Italy, but he is included in the Scottish squad announced yesterday to play Malta in the World Cup qualifying games next month.

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Hearts right-back Callum Paterson in Wonga shirt

Newcastle have Grant Hanley and Matt Ritchie in that squad.

Callum joined Hearts in 2010 and has come through the Youth ranks and the right back made his debut for the Tynecastle club back in August of 2012 in the Scottish Premier League 2–0 win over St Johnstone, when he was just 17 years old.

And in five full seasons, the 21 year-old has already played 145 times for Hearts with 31 goals.

The report is that Newcastle want the 6ft tall defender for the development squad, but he could become part of the first team squad since he seems an up and coming player who could improve under Rafa Benitez.

Maybe he’s being checked out as a potential replacement for Daryl Janmaat, in case he 27 times capped Dutch International leaves before September rolls around?

And Newcastle seem to be on the lookout for young players who can be brought to Tyneside and improve under the expert coaching of Rafa Benitez.

At  £1M we cannot go too far wrong, but we doubt if Callum would want to move to Newcastle to play for the Development side under Peter Beardsley.

He would surely be part of the first team squad this season in the English Championship.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

82 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    A 21 year old full international playing for a championship teams development squad? I have a few doubts, to say the least.

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:08 AM


    In response to what you said on the last article..

    Totally agree. One or two loans ok, but when it gets beyond that, it’s detrimental to the club. Sell them.

  • 3 nut meg // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:09 AM


  • 4 beermonkey // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM


    who would want to buy them ??
    they have been given fat 5 year deals on great wages
    there not going to want to give them up

    marveax robbed the club of 15mill in wages plus what ever his signing on fee was
    this is why our dead wood is so hard to shift

  • 5 Jan Stavik // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    145 games and 31 goals for a right back would be amazing! Honestly the fact that he’s been playing up front as well should be mentioned. Interesting stats anyway 😉

  • 6 WWSBRD // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Whey player links! No idea about this lad but seems cheap, Dost and Haller? Unlikely but why not! McCarthy would be great but very little chance and ice seen Judge linked good times

  • 7 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    145 games 31 goals?! Thats almost better than whole ameobi even and he’s a right back?! Its amazing stats actually.

  • 8 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:27 AM


    It is happening too often. I see Gouffran is now mentioned when he has just refurned to the starting line up with some success. He is able to do a job as a decent squad player this season. Hos contract is up at hhe end of the season anyway so we arent getting any money for him. Might as well use him.

    Same goes for Riviere. Since sogning for us, he has never been played in his proper position.

    Thauvin was a joke. I am convinced it wasnt him who arked up but his dopey model girlfriend..

    Fact remsins, if these french teams want these players, pay the going rate and full salary or sod off.

    I am sick of our club and fans being taken for a ride.

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:30 AM


    Gouf should certainly stay. Thauvin not so much, but like you say he should be sold rather than loaned. I would be scared to put Riviere back in, though, he is a bit of a clusterfcuk in front or goal.

  • 10 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:31 AM


  • 11 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM


    I take your point but these players were bought from well placed ligue 1 clubs when we were in the premirship.

    There is an element of ability about them, certainly at championship level. We gave one of yhe best managers in the world and a coaching staff that us rated very highly.

    They should be able to motivate these players into performances that are not detrimental to the clubs push for promotion.

    Psychology in football us almost, if not more important than ability.

  • 12 G // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Even as back up, this deal sounds like too good an oportunity to pass.

  • 13 Ron Knee // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    #Nufc believe that Sporting Lisbon are in for Bas Dost. Don’t think they can compete with that. Focussing back on domestic attacking targets.

  • 14 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:36 AM


    Riviere has NEVER been played in his best position where he has a very good goals scored and assists record st Monaco.

    He has the ability and pace to play the wide forward role and should have been given a fair opportunity rather than being shunted into an unfamiliar role.

  • 15 beermonkey // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:36 AM


    problem is most of these French players should never have been bought

    other problem we have is we have a manager who has control but still has a wage budget and transfer kitty

    who really would want to buy riviere on the cash he is getting who would want to buy dejong

    maybe by loaning them out and getting half there wages paid it will free up enough room for rafa to bring in who he wants
    whilst away they all play regular maybe we can then shift them on at the end for a small fee

  • 16 nut meg // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Callum Paterson link if anyone interested.

  • 17 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:38 AM


    I doubt anyone will come in until Sissoko is sold and I am slowly but surely starting to realise that the sales of Sissoko and Tiote wont go through this window.

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:41 AM


    I suppose thats fair enough. Luke De Jong was also played out of position and i defended him. And he is flying now.

  • 19 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:44 AM


    Once again, I see where you are coming from. I have years abd years of experience in senior coaching clubs here in Australia.

    Soccer here is exceptionally well organised and most clubs at higher league levels have junior teams ftom under 5 to under 18 and reserve and senior squads.

    I know what it is like to be appointed as Head Coach and have to deal with players you probably dont rate or want but have to involve due to lack of numbers whilst gaining results at the same time.

    Eada should be able to get the best out of these players. He is experienced enough.

  • 20 Ron Knee // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:45 AM


    I think it’s more the fact that we’re a lowly Championship side now. I hope you’re wrong about possible Charnley machinations!

  • 21 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Y MIU

    It seemed to be a recurring habit of Pardew Carver and McLaren of putting square pegs in rounds holes but much ofthe blame lies with Ashley for the restrictions he placed on them.

  • 22 msk21dec // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Apparently we signing alan judge from brentford. Who?

  • 23 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:47 AM


    Good player. Winger and can score goals too. I hope this us right.

  • 24 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    @19 eada should read Rafa

  • 25 msk21dec // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Is he better than what we already have and cant we do better? Apparently hes on his way for medical

  • 26 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM


    Yes, it is certainly important to spread that blame arround. It was never fair to lump it all on one person, and as Mash said himself, “the buck stops here”.

  • 27 msk21dec // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    I rather have mark hamill from barnsley

  • 28 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:50 AM


    I fully expect us to fly up the league as soon as the window is closed as long as we dont decimate our players list with silly loan deals.

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Riverie doesn’t even know where to stand on the pitch never mind being put in the right position, doesn’t matter where you play, jumping for balls ten yards in front or behind you suggests he is clueless orr shot of belief.

  • 30 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:51 AM


    On a par with Ritchie good enough for you?

  • 31 geordie157 // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Don’t know why but I have a soft spot for Hearts, probably due to hoping they could challenge the old firm duo and make it a bit more interesting in the SPL.

    Paterson burst on the scene a few seasons back and had a good game vs Liverpool in their Europa league tie.

    He’s capable of playing rb, rw, st and I think he’s played cm too. So that’s why he’s got a few goals to his name.

    If it’s 1mill for him, seems worth taking a chance on. Hearts are good at bringing young players through but SPL to championship is still a big step up.

  • 32 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM


    I would also like Mark Hamill. Having a Jedi in the side can only be a good thing.

  • 33 jimmysmith // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    That recent picture of Sissoko in this seasons kit might suggest that he too is slowly but surely starting to realise that his transfer might well not go through. Ha!

    There must be a figure that’s the tipping point, anything less than 30 and you’re maybe better off keeping him, probably maybe even as much as 35, now that they’ve decided to let De Jong go and considering the urgent need to go straight back up, with all the money at stake, regardless of the players feelings on the matter.

    I thought 25 was good business for Widjnaldum, as 35 would be for Sissoko, but certainly not less than 30, having lost both Widjnaldum and De Jong already.

  • 34 expatmag // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:54 AM


    You are showing him to be no better than a sunday park footballer. I am sure he is better than that.

  • 35 Ian Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    @ 22. – The Irish Messi. Must be one of Belfast’s tips!

    I read that Belfast was tipping Adam Armstrong to go on loan to Ipswich – watch this space.

  • 36 SPRINGY // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    I know its on the dennis wise scouting network,but patterson does look a decent player with a great eye for goal from that vid,but is just that a vid.

  • 37 Ian Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Jimmy- I watched some of the Burnleyv L’pool game. Widj was a bystander and the game passed him by. It’s maybe a mindset thing if things aren’t going his way. Not the Klopp’s way.

    On Sissoko just hope new signings are not dependent on him going out.

  • 38 nut meg // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Alan Judge link.

  • 39 geordie157 // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    See we’re being linked with Alan Judge now too, good player but he’s injured til November I think

  • 40 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Is this true?

  • 41 geordie157 // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    I guess if he can come back and have this sort of goal return then it makes sense to get him in now rather than wait to Jan.

    “The Brentford player scored 14 goals in 38 games during a fantastic season last time out”

  • 42 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Alan Judge of Brentford expected to arrive in Newcastle this afternoon for talks and potential medical – Lee Ryder Evening Chronicle

  • 43 nut meg // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Injured since April with Tibia and Fibula !

  • 44 Ron Knee // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    nut meg

    Beat me to it!

  • 45 posada // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    I agree we should be able to get something out of these players.
    I remember when Bobby came as manager. He brought some in from the cold and then sold them for good money. Pistone being one.
    Thing is in football as soon as you let it be known you don’t want a player other clubs won’t make good offers.
    But you don’t know whats going on behind the scenes at NUFC.
    When you look at the out list for this window and the ones still to go its clear the situation at the club was bad if not rotten.

  • 46 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Replacing one injured player in Siem De Jong for another player who is injured !!

  • 47 stuart no9 // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    I understand people shouting we need a creative midfielder and I agree , we just havnt got that cutting edge at all . It is a problem but where do we get the next Peter Beardsley from .? Are there any out there who are available and if they are at what price . ? They are gold dust . Who could do a job for us that’s available ?? I really don’t know and would we pay the money ??

  • 48 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    So. Judge has 24 goals and 33 assists in 140 games at championship level. Thats direct involvement in better than 1 goal in three matches. Id be happy to take a winger who will score/create 15-17 goals this season. (Thats just over the 46 champs games)

  • 49 posada // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    21 for the development squad.
    Why do people get treated as kids for so long these days.
    Especially in a game where you can be finished at 28 or your best days are behind you.

  • 50 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    However,if he is crocked,forget what i just said. How can you pass a medical with a broken leg?

  • 51 stuart no9 // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Alan judge ??? Why ? I just don’t get it !!

  • 52 stuart no9 // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    If he’s Crocked , then how on earth can he pass a medical ?
    Am I missing the point here lads ??

  • 53 Spoof // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:28 AM


    I don’t get it either, he’s been about for quite a few years now and has done very little, I just can’t see what he can offer us.

  • 54 Spoof // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    I thought that medicals were for the benefit of the insurance companies and they were done so the insurance company could see if there was a long term possibly career threatening injury/problem which could leave the insurance company with a hefty bill to pay, I was aware that is was for general fitness, broken legs do heal so from an insurance point of view it is not a concern so the medical would be passed unless it is deened that complications could arise from the break !

  • 55 Spoof // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    I was aware should have been I wasn’t aware

  • 56 Blofal // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Judge is a proper attacking midfielder and was one of the best in the championship. By the looks of it he is at the end of his contract and not fit until November.

    If we can pick him up for peanuts we really have very little to lose and a quite a lot to gain if he can hit his regular form.

  • 57 Wayayman // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    ICYMI, on Siem De Jong from Genius.

    “It’s believed that the deal was delayed until the addition of step-free access to the home dressing room at the Philips Stadion, while late interest from Holby City failed to materialise into a firm bid….. ”

    Very funny. Sad though that Siem didn’t turn out to be the player we all thought he was. Maybe he will be back if we get promoted and he stays fit though.

  • 58 Blofal // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Spoof speaking from experience breaking your leg is a nightmare.

    It wasn’t the break that screwed me it was the muscle loss from not using it for 12 weeks.

    Once it heals you find your good leg is more dominant and it starts to throw everything out (back, knees, hips) when you start running again. You really need to rehab slowly and under supervision. So hopefully he’s been getting that!

  • 59 nut meg // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Ron @ 44
    I might have only one typing finger but my god it’s quick!

  • 60 Ian Toon // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    Blofal- Hydrotherapy will enable you to build up muscle wastage by being able to exercise without pain. Can take a few weeks to see tangible benefit but you can then progress on a rehabilitation programme without such an imbalance.

  • 61 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:55 AM

    If Judge is fully fit he can play wide left cutting in on his right foot or he can swap wings with Richie

    Some skills :

  • 62 Blofal // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Thanks Ian Toon.

    My mistake was just thinking I would be fine and starting running again! I’ve done a lot of work though and I think I’m nearing normal again 🙂

  • 63 stuart no9 // Aug 23, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    We’ve just sent an injury prone player back to Holland , have we not learned a lesson from that ? To be quite brutal , he’s no good to us in the gym every day, we need players on the pitch not in the physio’ room

  • 64 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Unfortunately he is injured until november, however Judge is exactly what we need on the left hand side, judging (see what i did there) by his attributes he sounds a lot like ritchie, gets goals and assists, works very hard, helps defend, can cross, shoot, dribble, likes to cut in from the left. We just need Charlie Taylor to go behind him then a big target man up front, Rudy Gestede? Doubt villa will sell, Jordan Rhodes? Rickie Lambert?

  • 65 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    stuart no9

    I dont actually know if judge is injury prone, but hes currently recovering from a broken leg, which can happen to anyone…

  • 66 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Please tell me we aren’t still the club with a disabled ramp for incoming transfers. This gamble on fixer-uppers hasn’t worked well for us in the past. This sounds like a familiar cost mitigation gamble.

  • 67 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Reports are saying its going to be a low fee for Judge so if we got him for 2 or 3 million and then he comes back raring to go in November it would add some squad depth and freshness around the Christmas fixtures !

    So he would be a bonus player but we need another left winger , left back , striker , all action midfielder and creative midfielder !

    Mccarthy from Everton we have been linked with would be amazing but its doubtful we are getting him !

  • 68 geordie157 // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    he’s not injury prone, hehad a bad leg break.

    Prior to that he played nearly 40 games in four of the last five seasons

  • 69 Oldgit1 // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    @ Stuarte 9
    It appears that judge is in his final year of his contract. So he will come cheap.

    Feel he will come good. Let’s face it Ben Arfa came back from a broken leg .

  • 70 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:15 PM


    You could have worded that slightly better….

  • 71 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    HBA came back from a broken leg. – after a few attempts that is. Some injuries don’t just have physical residual effects, who’s to say he’ll be the player we thought we bought? Buying crocks is a bad idea.

  • 72 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:16 PM


    There you go, Judge will give us balance on the left hand side, as long as he costs no more than 6/7mil, im happy, he will guarantee goals and assists. Look at his whoscored page.

  • 73 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    JT – which bit? All of it?

  • 74 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:17 PM


    Who else is there though? Its rare to find players like ritchie/judge these days..attacking players who are creative and can score goals but also work hard for the team and track back.
    Judge will give us on the left hand side what ritchie gives us on the right.

  • 75 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    If you’re going to say “disabled ramp” JT I have to tell you I’m already shaking my head. 😐

  • 76 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:18 PM


    “A disabled ramp” lol albeit i did find that funny but that could be deemed offensive to others

  • 77 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    IF he comes back anywhere near his previous form.

  • 78 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    OK edit: ramp.

  • 79 stuart no9 // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    James toon — he also missed a lot of games in 2015 with a bad knee injury , 9 or 10 I think .
    So These injurys are just from 2015-2016 . I havnt gone back any further than that yet .

  • 80 JamesToon // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Since August 2014, Alan Judge has made more assists than any other player in the championship

  • 81 Tsunki // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Maybe I should have used “recyclers conveyor belt”?

  • 82 Jib // Aug 23, 2016 at 12:22 PM

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