Newcastle United considering keeping Fitz Hall permanently

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Fitz Hall could sign permanently at St.James' Park this Summer

There are reports flying about the place in the last couple of days that Fitz Hall could be arriving on Tyneside on a permanent basis once the transfer window reopens. The defender, on-loan from Queens Park Rangers has seen a turbulent time at Loftus Road and indeed has seen the club dig their way through more than 3 managers this season. Their current manager in Neil Warnock could well have very different plans for the back four he wants next season and indeed Hall may not be included in them.

Officially a Premier League team now, I’m not quite sure what we’d be buying Fitz Hall for. Once very highly touted, he’s getting on and we’re not too badly stuck for defenders now. The likes of Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Tamas Kadar, Jose Enrique, and Steven Taylor are all on the look-out for a first team spot come August.

However, the Chronicle are reporting that Mike Ashley, who watched Newcastle United Under-18’s unfortunately crash out t0 Aston Villa on Friday, held talks with Chris Hughton over the upcoming Premier League campaign and indeed potential transfer targets. It’s understood Fitz Hall was mentioned in this meeting.

Then again, who knows? Hall himself has kept it no secret that he’s loving life on Tyneside and would love to stay though. Speaking to the media, he said :

‘My views haven’t changed from when I first came here,’

‘I came here on the basis of I wanted to get some games under my belt at a massive club like Newcastle and see where it takes me.

‘It’s a massive club and anyone if they had a chance to sign for Newcastle, they would be stupid to turn it down.

‘But at the end of the day, my contract here is to the end of the season and I have still got two more years at QPR.’

At the end of the day, his contract is indeed at QPR but I wouldn’t think it’d take much to prize him away from Loftus Road. Time will tell but do you think he’d be a wise acquisition by Chris Hughton & co.?

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nufc: ⏱ 17/04/2010

I would'nt say no he would be good cover but only if the price is right.

lee: ⏱ 17/04/2010

to be fair he has been solid when playing. and also plays a good pass out of defence been impressed with his distribution. comfortable on the ball good strong defender may be caught out a little with pacy strikers in the prem but as stated already. certainly good cover, at probably a reasonable price

nufc: ⏱ 17/04/2010

I would'nt say no he would be good cover but only if the price is right.

icedog: ⏱ 17/04/2010

only saw him once live and was never pushed so cannot really say,would like to see him in pressure game like

lee: ⏱ 17/04/2010

to be fair he has been solid when playing. and also plays a good pass out of defence been impressed with his distribution. comfortable on the ball good strong defender may be caught out a little with pacy strikers in the prem but as stated already. certainly good cover, at probably a reasonable price

Kent: ⏱ 17/04/2010

Please not sign him! He has nothing to do in the premiership, he is not good enhough and we dont need another centre back! I hope we sign a striker like Kris Boyd, Kevin Doyle or Bobby Zamora! Thats what we need!

icedog: ⏱ 17/04/2010

only saw him once live and was never pushed so cannot really say,would like to see him in pressure game like

Kent: ⏱ 17/04/2010

Please not sign him! He has nothing to do in the premiership, he is not good enhough and we dont need another centre back! I hope we sign a striker like Kris Boyd, Kevin Doyle or Bobby Zamora! Thats what we need!

Killy Mag: ⏱ 19/04/2010

got to agree with Lee, he looks like a really cultured player. He was the best player on the pitch at Bristol, until he pulled his hammy. I think we would of got all 3 points if he had stayed on. Looking forward to seeing him start the night. Definite purchase in my book! I've got a ton on the toon winning tonite at 5/6. Haway the lads!

Killy Mag: ⏱ 19/04/2010

got to agree with Lee, he looks like a really cultured player. He was the best player on the pitch at Bristol, until he pulled his hammy. I think we would of got all 3 points if he had stayed on. Looking forward to seeing him start the night. Definite purchase in my book! I've got a ton on the toon winning tonite at 5/6. Haway the lads!

Steven: ⏱ 20/04/2010

He'd get murdered in the Premiership, I'd hope we're just being nice for his efforts here (by giving him some hope of a future deal) but fingers crossed we move on to better quality targets. Same goes with Harewood, cheers for the effort you finally put in, but no thanks. @Kent: Zamora? I'd rather stay away from over priced one season wonders nearing 30.

Steven: ⏱ 20/04/2010

He'd get murdered in the Premiership, I'd hope we're just being nice for his efforts here (by giving him some hope of a future deal) but fingers crossed we move on to better quality targets. Same goes with Harewood, cheers for the effort you finally put in, but no thanks. @Kent: Zamora? I'd rather stay away from over priced one season wonders nearing 30.

Spotlight Kid: ⏱ 20/04/2010

He played well last night, and looks very composed on the ball. His positional sense is not in Colo's class, but whose is? Besides, playing with Colo has already improved all our defenders and One Size will be no exception. I think we are in danger of underrating the lad, and given the fact we have hardly kept the same back 4 for two games running due to injuries he'd be a shrewd acquisition for half a million, maybe £750K at a push? I don't think many current Prem attackers will get past him too often, let alone murder him.

Spotlight Kid: ⏱ 20/04/2010

He played well last night, and looks very composed on the ball. His positional sense is not in Colo's class, but whose is? Besides, playing with Colo has already improved all our defenders and One Size will be no exception. I think we are in danger of underrating the lad, and given the fact we have hardly kept the same back 4 for two games running due to injuries he'd be a shrewd acquisition for half a million, maybe £750K at a push? I don't think many current Prem attackers will get past him too often, let alone murder him.

Steven: ⏱ 21/04/2010

I think plenty will, or at his age he'd be playing there already not sent out on loan from QPR. Any half decent prem striker will have a field day (Not to mention what Rooney, Torres, Drogba, Agbonlahor, Defoe, Crouch, Bent will do to him) Colo will barely cope with the increase in quality (if he does at all) Hall stands no chance against a top 10 team. Don't forget the standard of strikers we've been up against, if you've forgotten just remember how good Ameobi has looked in this league at the other end. Hall has looked good against players not even of Ameobi quality, not a great measuring stick and we certainly need better than both of them if we want to stay up.

Steven: ⏱ 21/04/2010

I think plenty will, or at his age he'd be playing there already not sent out on loan from QPR. Any half decent prem striker will have a field day (Not to mention what Rooney, Torres, Drogba, Agbonlahor, Defoe, Crouch, Bent will do to him) Colo will barely cope with the increase in quality (if he does at all) Hall stands no chance against a top 10 team. Don't forget the standard of strikers we've been up against, if you've forgotten just remember how good Ameobi has looked in this league at the other end. Hall has looked good against players not even of Ameobi quality, not a great measuring stick and we certainly need better than both of them if we want to stay up.

Josie: ⏱ 25/04/2010

you also have to ask yourself this question...is newcatle better right now than hull city, burnley, portsmouth? Portsmouth had many players injured, and its unfortunate that they're going down, but newcastles team will be pretty good and should manage to stay at mid table/bottom level. Being a premier league team attacts more players than being a championship team...the season is very long..theres nothing wrong with a fifth cb that can fill in as a rb in a pinch..hall has the speed to do what ridgewell does for birmingham(even though he should not be a left back)

Josie: ⏱ 25/04/2010

you also have to ask yourself this question...is newcatle better right now than hull city, burnley, portsmouth? Portsmouth had many players injured, and its unfortunate that they're going down, but newcastles team will be pretty good and should manage to stay at mid table/bottom level. Being a premier league team attacts more players than being a championship team...the season is very long..theres nothing wrong with a fifth cb that can fill in as a rb in a pinch..hall has the speed to do what ridgewell does for birmingham(even though he should not be a left back)

Steven: ⏱ 25/04/2010

I think currently we have a better squad than those 3 team mentioned Josie, plus the added experience of the Premiership on our side. We've really got to look at teams like Wigan, West Ham, Bolton and have a squad as good as them going in to the new season, which with 2 or 3 £5m signings and a couple of frees/loans then there's no doubt about it imo. A covering LB and RB, possibly like you said about the CB/RB would be a good idea (though S. Taylor could do that and R. Taylor at a massive push) but for me we need another fast winger that can cover both wings in case one of the two we've got get injured, as our better football and attacking spirit has come with two wingers on the pitch. We've got plenty of bodies in the middle, but stand out quality isn't really there, while a 15-20 league goals striker would be an excellent addition, only one of them these days can cost you the full £15m we reportedly have to spend. Should be an interesting summer for us, I just hope were quick off the mark, get them in and settled early while sitting back and enjoying the World Cup (we shouldn't use this as an excuse not to buy as hopefully our targets are already identified and were not window shopping this WC)

Steven: ⏱ 25/04/2010

I think currently we have a better squad than those 3 team mentioned Josie, plus the added experience of the Premiership on our side. We've really got to look at teams like Wigan, West Ham, Bolton and have a squad as good as them going in to the new season, which with 2 or 3 £5m signings and a couple of frees/loans then there's no doubt about it imo. A covering LB and RB, possibly like you said about the CB/RB would be a good idea (though S. Taylor could do that and R. Taylor at a massive push) but for me we need another fast winger that can cover both wings in case one of the two we've got get injured, as our better football and attacking spirit has come with two wingers on the pitch. We've got plenty of bodies in the middle, but stand out quality isn't really there, while a 15-20 league goals striker would be an excellent addition, only one of them these days can cost you the full £15m we reportedly have to spend. Should be an interesting summer for us, I just hope were quick off the mark, get them in and settled early while sitting back and enjoying the World Cup (we shouldn't use this as an excuse not to buy as hopefully our targets are already identified and were not window shopping this WC)