Although Newcastle United are still hoping to convince Coloccini to stay at St James’ Park, he looks likely to return to Argentina this summer, who could Alan Pardew bring in to bolster his central defence?
Here are five options...
The 25 year old defender will be available for free this summer after his contract at Dutch club FC Twente expired. Newcastle have reportedly been chasing Douglas for some time, but could face competition from Liverpool for his signature, with Brendan Rodgers trying to replace the retiring Jamie Carragher, and Fulham have also been linked with a move in the past, meaning the Magpies might need to move quickly to tie up a deal.
At the other end of the spectrum to Douglas, N’Koulou would likely cost Newcastle a significant chunk of money after a fine season ant Marseille. The £18million-rated player has suggested he would be open to a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal also reportedly interested in N’Koulou. The Cameroon international would be an expensive departure from Newcastle’s normal business in the transfer market, but if they did splash out on N’Koulou, they would be getting a fantastic player to replace Coloccini.
The Manchester City defender might be the most glamorous of signings, but he would bring a wealth of experience to the Newcastle team as they look to improve on a disastrous season in the Premier League. Lescott is keen to get first team football to ensure a place in England’s squad for the World Cup, and with one year left on his contract at Manchester City, should not break the back for the Magpies.
The 27 year old Lille defender could be tempted to follow the legion of Ligue 1 stars across the channel to St James’ Park this summer, and he would be a fine addition for Newcastle’s ranks. The Cameroon international is a composed defender, calm in possession and has consistently impressed during his time at Lille.
A little unlikely, but Newcastle might be tempted to raid QPR for Samba this summer if they can convince the colossal centre back to take a sizeable pay cut. QPR will be keen to move Samba off their books after their relegation to the Championship, and the transfer fee might be fairly low as a result. Samba has not impressed in his spell at QPR, but he has plenty of Premier League experience, and would undoubtedly bring some extra physical presence to Newcastle’s back line.
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