St James’ Park boss steals a march on Emirates Stadium manager in the race for top defensive target.
Toon boss Pardew steals march on rivals with personal check on Vertonghen
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew made a personal check-up on prime transfer target Jan Vertonghen in Ajax’s weekend win in Holland.
The Dutch club’s star defender and captain is high on the wish list of many of Europe’s top clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester City, and is likely to cost around £10million this summer.
Pardew, though, has attempted to steal a march on his rivals by taking his seat in the stands at the Amsterdam Arena as Ajax beat Graafschap 3-1.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
This is a fairly wise move on a number of levels. Newcastle United could do with another solid defensive option to play alongside Fabricio Coloccini and Jan Vertonghen may prefer a move to St James’ Park as he may feel that regular first team football could be hard to come by at the Emirates Stadium.
Though Mike Williamson has been relatively solid this term the Belgian defender would be a better quality player to put alongside Coloccini, and the fact that Steven Taylor has struggled with injuries over recent seasons there is all the more reason to look to strengthen at the back.
Though Vertonghen can play as a defensive midfielder he is still far better suited to a central defensive role and with Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny forming a solid pairing at the heart of the Gunners defence, one does wonder where the Ajax captain would fit in. You would also have to take into account German international Per Mertesacker, who though currently sidelined, did only arrive at the club last summer.
A move to join the Magpies is now a far more healthy proposition after an excellent season this term, that will secure European football for next term.
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