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Claims NUFC To Go Back For Defender

9 years ago

When it comes to transfer speculation, at least Newcastle United’s set in stone policy helps to an extent.

For example if you see us linked with an established Premier League player who you know all about, then forget about it as he’ll already be on decent wages and Newcastle won’t be after him.

Similarly, anybody over a certain age, with Alan Pardew admitting they had to stretch their age related policy to sign 27 year old Mathieu Debuchy because he was over 26.

With the January market looking lively, it appears that West Ham could well sign Sylvain Distin from Everton, with the player out of contract in the summer and unlikely to get another deal at Goodison.

At the age of 35 it is safe to say we won’t be seeing Distin make a return to St.James’ Park.

However, one player that could fit the bill at Newcastle is West Ham’s centre-back James Tomkins who Newcastle tried to sign a year ago.

Tomkins instead signed a new long-term contract for the Hammers and while he was a mainstay in the team that won promotion, he has lost his place at centre-back and while he has still made eleven appearances they have mainly been at right-back and in midfield.

If Distin moves to Upton Park then it is claimed in various media that 23 year old Tomkins could see his future elsewhere.

Newcastle United’s need for defenders is obvious even to…Mike Ashley and Tomkins fits the bill in terms of age and in terms of ability it won’t be hard to improve on our current talent pool. Wages should be manageable within Newcastle’s rigid wages policy and with Newcastle’s previous interest then it is clear that he is rated at St.James’ Park.

Of course the extra strand on all of this is that West Ham are one of the clubs getting linked with Danny Simpson so some kind of deal involving Simpson moving the other way would no doubt give it added appeal.


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