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Newcastle Go After Their Top Center-Back Target

Newcastle have three top center backs in Steven Taylor, Fabricio  Coloccini and Mike Williamson.

Jan Vertonghen – Newcastle’s top target

But we have suffered in the games since Chelsea, when we lost Steven Taylor for the season,  with being without either one or two central defenders in the side.

In particular we suffered defeats against  West Brom and Norwich simply because of that.

Mike Williamson is now back in the side after four months out, and the 28 year-old was very solid on Monday afternoon at Bolton, to his great credit, and  Newcastle were able to keep their 6th clean sheet of the season in getting a valuable 2-0 win.

It wasn’t a great game and until Newcastle scored their first goal – a beauty from Ben Arfa – the game could have gone either way.

But the transfer season opens on Sunday and Newcastle’s number one target is another top center-back, so we are not embarrassed again by by not being able to field two center-backs in those positions.

The news is that Newcastle have already officially inquired about  Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen and put in a £2.5M bid for West Ham’s 22 year-old James Tomkins,  which was turned down about 10 days ago by Sam Allardyce.

Newcastle also need another top striker, and were ready to bring in Modibo Maiga from French club Sochaux early next week,  but the lad failed his medical and the deal is now dead in the water.

Whether Newcastle can bring in another striker next month is a good question, but it seems the priority is now with a central defender.

It seems that Newcastle’s top target is Vertonghen, a 24-year-old 6’3″ Belgium international, who is at Ajax, and it’s believed Chief Scout Graham Carr is a big admirer, but the Belgium will not come cheap.

Both Arsenal and Tottenham may also be interested,  but Newcastle’s need could be greater than that of the two London sides, and  it could take up to £10M to secure his transfer.

Jan joined Ajax back in 2003 as a 16 year-old from Belgium club Germinal Beerschot, and has played 201 times for the Dutch giants with 23 goals, and he has played 35 times with two goals for Belgium.

If Newcastle cannot get Vertonghen through the door James Tompkins is thought to be the next in line,  and certainly he is a  very good center-back who will only get better in the Premier League.

It’s difficult to bring players through the door in January, simply because it’s half way through the season and teams don’t want to lose their best players, but Newcastle  must bring in at least one central defender in January.

Either one of Vertonghen or Tomkins would be good, and will give Newcastle what they have needed all along – four good central defenders.

But whether we can also get a suitable striker through the door next month is a good questions, but we doubt it.

At the minimum, we’d be happy with Newcastle signing a top central defender next month, and who  knows,  Newcastle may go on a good run of results again.

That’s what we are hoping for.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, getting a striker in during the January window will be almost impossible. After all, we have only been looking for him for a year, you cant expect to rush these things you know!!!

  • mikey7771

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    2 trasfers in january window and im happy.
    ok maybe 3 if obertan leaves 🙂 anyone could replace him. i mean ANYONE 🙂


    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Wonder who our 5th or 6th choice CB is as that’s who we will probably get

  • jayphoto

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Fitz hall is my guess 🙂 wouldn’t be surprised if we took Tompkins, can’t see vertonghan coming here, he’s 5m over our budget! Surprised pardew hasn’t tried to take Southamptons lallana, fonte or Lambert (tho he’s 28). All look very good, specially lallana!

  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    U mean Tomkins, Verthogen, Ridgewell, Samba, Onhoua or Ciani?
    Any of those can be your 5th or 6th choice pick 😛

  • toonarmy1986

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I get the feeling we have done our business already! We were shrewd back in the summer bringing in players we didn’t expect and get the feeling similar deals might already be in place. The position we’re in there has to surely be some motivation from the board to push for 4th and give it a go without going overboard like Liverpool will probably do again.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    I dunno, there were many things we also didn’t do too well in the summer. Striker is one, and Santon was very much a late call.
    I mean, we signed 7 players, but 4 went out. I hope ofc u’re right tho, i’d love some early January signings. A CB and a striker would keep the ship afloat.

  • Dannyo

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Btw lads, Pards pre-match presser starts at 10. Be on twitter and wait for journou quotes from Pardew 🙂


    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Ridgewell it is then haha

  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Giroud looks Luke cabaye in that pic

  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Bloody predictive text lol

  • toonbrother

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    The attitude of certain fans towards obertan is not only sickening, its counterproductive to getting the most out of him. The player has been sooo important to us this season and still has room for development. instead of making him feel welcome and encouraging him to improve himself, we have fans incessantly criticizing him. Just shows how fundamentally silly some fans actually are

  • banjax

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    With Tiote and Ba leaving for international duty, we are going to need more than one player incoming, especially if we are going to offload some ‘fringe players’ like Alan Smith etc. So dream on if you think one central defender is enough – because it isn’t !

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Vertonghen is class and worth the money.

    Tomkins is hugely overrated. Look how Best destroyed him for his hat trick and every time I saw him, when West Ham got relegated, he constantly made ”Bramblesque errors”

    Ridgewell is an own goal specialist and didn’t exactly keep Brum up ether.

    M’Biwa or Vertonghen or Douglas would be the best. All good technically good and strong physical players at the right age and playing in good teams.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16


    You’re right , I think obertan has had a lot of unfair stick.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17


    Southampton hate pardew (at least their board does)


    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    jan verthonghen plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :-*

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 28, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Obertan Takes pressure off when we have our backs to the wall he does so much for the team it’s just his crossing needs sorting lol

  • PompeyJohn

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    How many we need depends on how many leave and I’m not just talking about Smith, Lovenkrands etc! I only hope at the end of the window we are better off – I just can’t help feeling very anxious about some of our best players leaving and being replaced by “prospects”.

  • Ollie666

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Stop slagging off obertan he was brill against bolton
    give him some credit
    also, would be happy if we signed a centre back and possibly a striker HWTL

  • planb

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #22

    Obertan a winger that cant go past people cant cross sounds like fergie was right when he summed him up!

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #23

    Planb @ # 22
    So why did fergie take him in the first place???

    He was able to pass players easily and had a final product when he was an up and coming player, fergie kept him on the bench and his confidence waned.

    When he gets his confidence back he will be a good player, all players feed off confidence and he is no different.

  • kingkev9

    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Obertan doesn’t have a football brain and you can’t teach that, he will never be a top player. Can’t beat a man, can’t cross, can’t shoot, can’t head, he does work hard though but if he didn’t have pace he would NOT be a footballer

  • hatem or love him

    Dec 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Gabriel Obertan will come good, mark my words give him a month or two he will be firing just wait!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Gabriel Obertan “big test” would be this friday against Jose Enrique

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 28, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Unfortrunately Enrique will put Obertan in his back pocket. And sit in him.

  • rharrison

    Dec 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #28

    If Ashley chose to actually reinvest 35M from Carroll we stand a huge possiblity to get into europe or at least consolidate our position in the top prem mini-league of the top 7 places.

    If we got Vertonghen and Giroud it would cost 30 odd million but they have both been monitered and recommended by Carr so are in no way rushed or inflated buys.

    Our starting 11 could be…


    Simpson Colo VERTONGHEN Santon

    HBA Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez


    Thats a team that could get into europe.

    I Just wanna see some ambition from the club :”(


    Dec 28, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #29


    I too am totally perplexed how some people are continually slagging Obertan off!
    He was only signed a short time ago and given time will come good deffo!

    As for a striker! It does,nt surprise me that they want to wait till the summer! But, Just wait, come the summer it will be announced that we will have to wait till Jan 2013!

  • TheObertoon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #30

    cupid’s right, he was a bright young talent when fergie signed him, but he then left him stagnating on the bench for 2 seasons. he just needs game time to get back on track. pardew see’s him train every day and starts him every week, hes trying to boost his confidence so he shows on the pitch what he does in training. with the confidence gained from his assist at bolton, he might just get at jose like he did evra at old trafford, embarrassing him several times in the first half…


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