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Newcastle In Strange Link For International Defender

There is a report from Turkey which makes the strange claim that Newcastle could be lining up an offer for Besiktas center-back Domagoj Vida.

The report states both Newcastle and Brighton could make an offer of around €10m for the Croatian international in January. There are two glaring problems with this contention, however.

The player is 30-years-old, and we are hardly in need of another central defender. While Newcastle have been linked with the likes of Preston’s Ben Davies and Burnley’s Ben Gibson, they are both younger players who could be seen as replacements for Fede Fernandez or Ciaran Clark if they were to not get new contracts.

Vida starred for Croatia in the last World Cup, where he helped them reach the final. He’s been capped 79 times and is currently in their squad for 2020 Euro qualifiers.

He joined Besiktas as a free agent in 2018 from Dynamo Kyiv, and his contract runs until 2022. While he is a very good player, we just don’t see any way that Newcastle would fork over €10m for a 30-year-old. Especially in a position where we already have six quality players.

We do think Newcastle are looking at young central defenders for a possible addition in the summer. Preston’s Ben Davies is one we rate very highly. Though, we would like to see Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark get extensions to their current deals, which run out in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

4 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 15, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

    To anyone at NUFC who may be reading this :-

    Just Get Samatta in January and see the goals tally rise considerably !!

  • Jib

    Nov 15, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Mbwana Samatta’s record in Belgium is nearly as good as
    We all know how big Al worked out

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 15, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #3

    If we are chucking random names into the hat how about a six month loan of Ibrahamovic, guaranteed goal scorer and assist maker despite his age.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 15, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Everyone seems to be lauding our great defence yet Fernandez contract is finished next year, not a huge risk replacing him with a player that fits the club’s model. However, at the same time Clarke, Yedlin, Ritchie and Schar all go in to their final years and are allowed to talk to other clubs. The club then have to either offer them new deals which if they stick to their rigid policy, Ritchie and Clarke won’t be getting one, Willems might have a lot more offers and I’ve a feeling what they’ve already offered Schar isn’t enough and considering how we plucked him from Deportivo on a clause I doubt he’ll have too many qualms about leaving here on a free. In fact given the clubs lack of ambition I doubt any of them will be feeling too guilty about running down their deals.


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