Newcastle United have been linked once again recently with Celtic centre-back Virgil Van Dijk.

United were originally said to have an interest two years ago when the 6ft 4 defender was still playing in Holland with Groningen.

That interest wasn’t followed up and now Celtic are reaping the benefits with Van Dijk proving a star act last season both in the Scottish Premier and Champions League.

virgil van dijkThe twenty two year old has now attracted plenty of attention and Celtic’s Chief Executive recently urged Virgil Van Dijk to give the Scottish Champions one more season, claiming it would allow the player to develop further, as well as Celtic benefiting of course.

However, as well as Newcastle, both Sevilla and Southampton are said to be closely looking at Van Dijk.

While Southampton have lost Luke Shaw for close on £30m and with Adam Lallana likely to join Liverpool for a figure close to that, the south coast club are said to be determined to reinvest a lot of the money that comes in, to ensure they are competitive next season.

As part of that process the Saints are reported to be ready to pay a premium to land Virgil Van Dijk, with an understanding seemingly lacking at Newcastle, that sometimes you do need to go that extra step to land key players.

Southampton also being aware that they are very likely to lost central defender Dejan Lovren, so are ready to move quickly to secure an up and coming replacement in Virgil Van Dijk.

13 comments
tomellifred360
tomellifred360

Well done Flying Mag. Agree with your last sentence.

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

Cracking article, but sad at the same time. I really wish we could go back to the old days.

Shotley Mag
Shotley Mag

Good article. There is a definite generational thing here that younger fans will not understand. The older ones will remember Jim Iley, Wyn the Leap, the 10 minute flag, getting the coach at Morden Street and so on.

In 'our day' MOTD was all you had, there was no saturation coverage on TV. Today, you can see top class football on TV at any time, on any day as there is always a great game to watch going on somewhere in the world.

I think that this is one of the key reasons for the obvious fall-out between younger and older Toon supporters. We could only really see them once a fortnight unless you went to the away games (which I regularly did)  so there was so much anticipation, so much to look forward to. This increased the loyalty and love for the team. Now we have websites, 24 hour sports news etc so you are only just one click away from your latest Toon fix. This brings the need for instant gratification.  How many times were Newcastle matches broadcast live last season?

If you only got to see the Toon play once a fortnight, the match was a huge event in your life. This is why older fans have a much deeper love which itself results in more patience.

I too desperately want to see the back of Ashley, he is a truly awful excuse for a human being - and he will be remembered for driving a wedge between groups of Toon supporters.

toon tony
toon tony

Well said brother. Saturdays were all about FUN, the result wasn't important, so long as you enjoyed yourself. So long as the team tried, the Kenny Whartons' of this world were our HEROES, we CAN get the FCB out of our club. ASHLEY MUST GO. !!!!

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

At least our generation , The older ones amongst  us , can look back like yourself at the many great memories (and the not so good ! ) but its the young'uns I feel sorry for, especially the kids . At the moment they're not getting the chance to develop those same kinds of memories .  At least for the likes of my grandson  who's nearly nine , he's got time in his Favour , but its going to be a long heavy haul while Fatty's in charge .

v0ices
v0ices

I always think 96 will be remembered as one of (if not the) best years of the premier league two great football sides both great too watch going all out to win the league I still think our rampaging style would work today in footballs negative dominated game.

mactoon
mactoon

My Saturdays were mint, meeting up with my mates (none of whom now go to the matches) enjoying the match and having a few pints after where the whole match was dissected and discussed. Getting home with a curry and settling down for Match of the day to relive it all over again. I've followed them in many away games including one of the best match days I ever had away to Grimsby when we clinched promotion through King Kev, Andy (G)ole and Ned Kelly, (the bus driver wouldn't leave until my drunk mate got off the roof and stopped singing) two cup finals, THAT game against Barcerlona in 1997 when tino destroyed them, Shearers goals, a trip to Monaco and I have been a season ticket holder since the 70's and blessed to witness some of the best football in my life during Keegans entertainers years but Ashleys regime has changed all that. I simply dont enjoy the experience any more. I still watch them on TV but wont put another penny in the club while he is here. I gave up my ticket two seasons ago and wont be going back.


Thanks Mike, I hope you understand what you've done some day.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

A seriously great post from the heart and one that I feel myself.  As a 66 year old now,I have witnessed the same near misses and the heartache that goes with it. Sadly, I am now resigned to the fact that there is no golden .pot in the rainbows across the Toon and I will leave this mortal coil potless.

Having travelled round europe the season we won the Fairs Cup, I was forced to miss the final home leg against ujpest while sitting exams at marine tech , south sheilds, I would have been flayed alive if I'd missed them though it did cross my mind at the time. 

I wouldn't change a thing in my life as Iv'e had a good one so far but if there;s one thing I covert it's a team to be proud of.

Ashley,   Your a thoroughbred B4st4rd .                HWTF.

Andgeo
Andgeo

It is the only way. Ashley out!