As Newcastle United prepare themselves for what is set to be a busy summer in the transfer window, they are already being linked with several names from across the world. Of course, it wouldn’t be a transfer window on Tyneside if there wasn’t rumours of the almost whole squad leaving. So far we’ve had Tim Krul going to Tottenham, Danny Simpson to Fulham or QPR, Demba Ba going to Tottenham, Papiss Demba Cisse to Real Madrid and Cheick Tiote going to Manchester United, just to name a few. Over the recent years, The Magpies have gained a reputation for selling their big name players but, after such a successful 2011/12 Premier League campaign, it would seemingly be preposterous to even consider letting these players leave. These thoughts are echoed by chief scout Graham Carr, who says that Newcastle United are building for the future, not selling their prized assets. With this in mind, I take a closer look at some possible transfer targets for Newcastle.
Mathieu Debuchy – The Lille full back has been linked with a move to St James’ for some time now. He recently enjoyed a call up to the French national squad and earned himself a starting place against England in their Euro 2012 Group D game. He put in an exciting performance and made several explosive, threatening runs. This performance caught the eye of top clubs all over Europe such as Roma and Inter Milan – this shows how far United have come to be challenging the likes of these two giants for personnel. 26 year old Debuchy has made 288 appearances spanning nine seasons for Lille, winning the title Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France in the 2010/11 season. In the 2011/12 campaign he made it into the National Union of Professional Footballers team of the year alongside the likes of Eden Hazard, who has recently signed for Chelsea. A player of this pedigree is sure to attract a lot of attention and it would be considered a real coup if Newcastle are able to acquire his services in the forthcoming summer.
Vurnon Anita – A Dutch defensive midfielder currently playing in the Eredivisie for recently crowned champions Ajax. Several sources are reporting that Alan Pardew has went one step further than declaring interest in the 23 year old, by placing a £4 million offer on the table. It has recently been alleged that Ajax were quick to reject the offer, telling Newcastle they will not sell for less than £8 million – double the previous offer. Anita has been successful at Ajax, winning the Eredivisie title in both the 2010/11 and 2011/12 campaigns. He also got his hands on three KNVB Cup medals in 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2009/10. Another success was winning the Johan Cruijff Shield on two occasions, in 2006 and 2007. Vurnon, who has made 137 appearances for Ajax, scoring 7 goals, also seems to be attracting the attention of Paul Lambert – the new Aston Villa manager. With the figure looking to be around £8 million to secure his services, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Anita will become a Geordie hero but, if he does arrive, it could open the door to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to come in for Cheick Tiote, which leaves us to question whether the deal is viable for the club.
Youssouf Mulumbu – Unlike many players we are rumoured to sign, Mulumbu has already proven he has what it takes to compete and perform at Premier League level. He currently plays for West Bromwich Albion and has impressed this season. He has formed an effective midfield partnership with Baggies teammate Paul Scharner. The Congolese man is a strong midfield player, much of his attributes matching those of Cheick Tiote’s. This again leaves us wondering that if he were to become a Newcastle player, would Tiote be the one making way?
Douglas Franco Teixeira – Described as a strong, commanding central defender with excellent ability in the air, the Brazilian born, Dutch big man is one of many players linked with making the move from Holland to Tyneside. Douglas currently plays for Steve McClaren’s FC Twente in the Eredivisie, making 115 appearances, scoring 9 goals. He has already made clear that he wants a move away from the club and revealed ‘Five clubs are interested and there’s a bigger club than Newcastle’. This obviously instigated the media to contemplate who these bigger clubs were. It is thought that Chelsea and Tottenham are also interested in Douglas, maybe these are the bigger clubs, who knows? But, if Newcastle were able to sign him, he has certainly proven he has the talent, and in my opinion, would be an excellent purchase.
Those four players are only a selection linked with a move to Newcastle United. If business done this summer proves to be a successful as the last, the Geordie faithful are in for another encapsulating, mouthwatering Barclays Premier League season.
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