Newcastle Put Young Defenders On Hold
Newcastle United are being linked with Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.
The 6ft 4in England Under-21 international has been linked with a number of top-flight clubs with Arsenal said in September to be monitoring his progress,
However, the Evening Chronicle reports that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew sees a more experienced centre-back as a bigger priority in the transfer window following the injury sustained by Steven Taylor and that any bid for Dunk will come after the end of the season. The twenty-year-old made his debut for the Seagulls in October 2010 and played eight games for the club last season as they won promotion to the Championship. He has a total of 27 games under his belt for Gus Poyet’s side and is also interesting Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa.
The Magpies are also being linked with Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire. The 18-year-old has been linked with a £3million move to Newcastle but, like Dunk, he may have to wait until the summer. But a bid for Blackburn Rovers defender Chris Samba has been ruled out as under the club’s current recruitment policy the 27-year-old is deemed too old while his £60,000-a-week wages are too high for the club.
Harper Linked With Hull Loan
Hull City are keen on a loan deal for Newcastle keeper Steve Harper. The Tigers are facing a goalkeeping crisis after both Peter Gulacsi and Adriano Basso picked up knee injuries and Hull boss Nicky Barmby is believed to have Harper as his number one target.
Harper had a spell on loan at Brighton earlier this season where he made five appearances in the Championship.
“A goalkeeper will come in this week without a doubt,” said Barmby. “You’ll obviously see who comes in but we’ve looked at quite a few.”
Newcastle’s Alan Smith is believed to be a target for Ipswich Town.