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Newcastle Likely To Sign Talented Center Back This Week

Newcastle will have Rodrigo Vilca at Newcastle on Thursday when i’s expected that Newcastle will sign up the 21-year-old Peruvian playmaker.

And news in the Chronicle today that Newcastle could have second deal lined up for this week.

South African born defender Bradley Cross has been in talks with the club, and he is a free agent who was at Schalke in Germany.

The 19-year-old joined Schalke 04 two years ago from South Africa club Bidvest Wits.

He is now a free agent and the right footed defender has had a trial period with Newcastle.

Newcastle likely to sign 19-year-old South African Bradley Cross

The 19 year-old has been attracting attention for his good displays in Germany, and he has played for the South Africa U19 side.

So we could see both Vilca and Cross signed before the summer transfer window ends on October 5th.

We have lots of center-backs, but most are in their late 20s and early 30s, and Bruce is looking to the future if he signs the  6ft tall Cross, which now looks likely.

The defender will likely be part of the U23 set-up.

But he can play for Newcastle in the Premier League, without being part of the official 25 man group,  since he’s under 21.

Cross has a UK passport as well as a South African passport, so there should be no problems in having the lad sign for Newcastle.

This could be a good signing for Newcastle, for the future.

And Steve Bruce has a good record of signing on good young players.

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19 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Welcome Curtis Good.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Was it Palace RLC went last time. Chelsea want him off their books so I doubt they’ll send him to us, they’ll want him to go somewhere that might actually want to buy him if he’s a success.

  • geordie157

    Sep 30, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Hoping we sign that young French striker we were linked with. Need a few who can step into three first team. Big gap between 1st team strikers and Sorensen it seems.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m hoping they can find that safe that the £35M we were going to pay for Soumare and go back with improved personal terms.

  • Nufc 4ever

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #5


    All about opinions they played football and should have won easily didn’t take chances and I know who was manager last season. The point I was making was how quickly he changed there system to possession football

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Dr Ed, I’m not sure that this lad would get a free squad place – I think that only applies to Home Grown players, ie players that have spent a certain amount of time in the English / UK Academy system.

    As this kid grew up in South Africa and joined a German Academy, I don’t think he will qualify as Home Grown, despite his age and British Passport.

    However, his Passport does mean we don’t need to worry about a work permit for him, which would otherwise have been an issue.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Nufc 4ever,
    Pretty much in one preseason as well. I got a bit of grief for pointing that out last year as they finished up overall pretty much the same as the season before. But you have to look at the bigger picture and see what that work has achieved, as I said they will not be facing Chelsea and Man U every week. Comparing CH and GP on one season is the same as comparing KK and KD on the strength of him finishing second that season after KK left as he achieved it with the formers team. When he got his own hands on it the rest they say is history. That’s why Munters constant comparison of two of our more recent managers over one season is pointless, the bigger picture will unfold once a manager has had time to put his own stamp on the team.

  • Moonraker15

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #8

    FFS Villa have signed Ross Barkley now. We’re getting left behind again having beaten them for Wilson which was encouraging. They are gonna be the next Wolves at this rate! Probably the John Terry connection at Chelsea did it!
    It’s very depressing that we’ve got a dinosaur manager and no sign of another striker that we badly need and a no.10.
    I watched the Spurs game again having recorded it! Omg we are diabolical; could easily have lost that 6-0 !
    Worrying times! #takeoversoonplease!

  • Sav

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Underwhelmed again. Don’t want to be harsh on these youngsters. i wish them well. But if Vilca needs building up, this Cross kid at just 6 foot is going to be just a skittle playing at centre half. Whatever has happened to the Willems deal and please sign a box-to-box midfielder if only so I can remember what one looks like. I was hoping Matty Longstocking would perform that role but he must be hiding in the kit-man’s laundry basket?

  • justthetoonofus

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Can’t believe we havent gone for someone like Barkley and moved Shelvey out of the way.


    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Inability to move players on costing us I suppose. Still time to make room for a few loans in

    Origi, RLC and Rugani would be my ideal end to the window…I dont hold too much hope like

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Not being funny, but Ross Barkely has never kicked on since he was a teenager at Everton. I would be highly dubious of him coming here and will be mildly suprised to see him have a massive impact at Villa.

    I may be proved wrong, of course.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Move Shelvey??? He’s been given a deal to take him in to retirement ffs, we’ve got no chance of moving him on.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Ross Barkley is a great signing for them. We should have signed him. Big mistake. Need reinforcements immediately otherwise we could go down. Been linked with Omar Colley. Signing him would be a start with the following coming in:

    Willems – Loan
    Soumare – £35m/Ibrahima Sissoko – £10m
    Shaqiri – Loan
    Wylan Cyprien – £9.2m
    Allasane Plea – ~ £25m

    We’re getting left behind. Got a feeling that we won’t sign anymore first team players.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    “Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked: ‘Oh, you aren’t even ripe yet! I don’t need any sour grapes.'”

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Shelvey has been good for us, but we need a chance. Let him go to West Ham and get the above in. Get rid of Hayden too.

  • justthetoonofus

    Sep 30, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail, I think Shelvey would benefit playing NFL, when there’s a different team for attacking and defending. As he doesn’t do either very slowly

  • ArtyH

    Sep 30, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail @ #1 Beat me to it bud!

  • The Prince's Mate

    Oct 3, 2020 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Whether we like it or not… Well done Brucie xxx


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