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Transfer Rumours

Central defender dismisses talk of move to Newcastle

5 years ago

Newcastle were last week claimed to be making a move for Jannik Vestergaard, a 23 year old centre-back currently playing for Werder Bremen.

Vestergaard only joined from Hoffenheim for 2.5m euros (approx £1.8m) in January and played 15 times after his move.

Standing at over 6ft 6 tall, the defender certainly fits the bill size-wise as the dominant central defender many supporters think Newcastle are still lacking.

Speaking to German newspaper Kreiszeitung Syke though, the player has dismissed the speculation:

“I do not know anything about any interest in my services from English clubs.”

Whilst the Werder Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin added:

“We have not received any offer for Jannik Vestergaard.

“Jannik is an important player in our first-team set-up.”

The Danish centre-back has got three international starts in friendlies but has not played in a competitive match for his country yet.

The link to Vestergaard did sound as though the media had put two and two together to make a story – a very tall defender and Newcastle needing a tall dominant defender.

The opening two matches of the Premier League season have hardly helped to change either the fans or the media’s perception of what Newcastle are desperate for.

As well as Haidara looking increasingly poor at left-back, the inability of Newcastle to deal with crosses into the box looks worse each game.

In three hours of football, United have already conceded three headed goals from crosses, with Coloccini putting in perhaps the most feeble effort so far when he allowed Swansea’s 5ft 9 Andre Ayew to easily beat him on Saturday.


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