Adrian Mariappa ‘priority target’ for Newcastle United before close of window

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Adrian Mariappa in action for Watford in the nPower Championship

Mariappa - Being linked with a £3m move to Newcastle United before deadline

With just over a week to go in the January transfer window, Alan Pardew is looking to add another couple of faces to an already encouraging squad. With Steven Taylor out for the remainder of the season, it has been well documented that attentions have turned to recruiting a defender. The latest of a long list of linked players is Watford’s Adrian Mariappa, their 25 year-old English centre back.

With James Tomkins having signed a new long-term contract at West Ham only days ago, an immediate move to the North-East has been deferred until the summer at least, and Mariappa is now seemingly looking like our main target in this window.

A lot of you might not know much about Mariappa, but I expect that a lot of people would have seen this guy play; both in the Premier League and against us in the Championship a couple of years ago.

Indeed, I thought Mariappa was a lot older than he actually is - seems like he has been in the Watford starting eleven for years.

The latest rumour comes from the Sunday Sun, who are labeling the defender as Newcastle’s ‘priority target’.

The fee mentioned is in the region of £3m - which to be quite honest about it, I can’t see us paying all that for him as experienced as he may be!

Have a feeling we’ll bring in a defender that hasn’t been linked to us once this season, and more than likely that we’ve never heard of before - or vaguely at the least.

What’s your thoughts on Mariappa? Would the guy succeed on Tyneside? Would he challenge Williamson/Coloccini/Taylor for a starting role?

Both Watford and NUFC fans opinions welcome of course. 🙂

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Marklangan1994: ⏱ 22/01/2012

As a watford follower it would be a big blow to our team because he has been so consistent over the last 6 years in the senior starting 11. But as a football fan in general i would tell the player to go for it, he is not going to get many chances like this, another chance to play in the premier league would be massive for him.

Matt: ⏱ 22/01/2012

He's very quick, reads the game well, and is clearly a Prem defender.  Surprised that he's still with us tbh, but it would take £3m I think.  There will be plenty of takers in the summer.

matt: ⏱ 22/01/2012

watford fan here. id love the 3mil, but to be honest i think mapps is below the standard you have already. good player for us, and id like him to stay, but not as much as id love 3mil to invest in 2 or 3 championship players.  having said that, im still amazed williamson has done so well for you, so what do i know? if he can do it at newcastle, mapps certainly can.

Chris: ⏱ 22/01/2012

He is more composed than either Williamson (who we know) and Coloccini - I think £3m is fair - but i suspect you will get him for £2m plus clauses because our commercial people are dumb! - we lost a £2m player in the summer because we thought we had another year at our option and we sold Danny Graham for half his value because we inserted a silly exit valuation

Matt: ⏱ 22/01/2012

We didn't insert Graham's clause Chris you clown.  Graham would have done that, and had he not done he might not have signed a contract,

Doocey: ⏱ 22/01/2012

Interesting stuff. Clearly NUFC see potential in him for one reason or another.Williamson a fine player on his day; had a shocker yesterday though!The only questionable thing about a possible move for Mariappa is his age, he's not getting any younger and with Colo 30, Taylor 25, Williamson 28 - there's years left in some of those players.Only time will tell what will happen I suppose. Been some servant for Watford  so far though! 

Chris: ⏱ 22/01/2012

Matt - no need to be abusive Bottom line is we allowed it (it is not mandatory!) - if it wasn't for the fact that DG is a solid bloke we would have got £2.5m- our commercial people should have negotiated a better deal that is all i am saying - so why assume they will do better with Mariappa 

Kevin: ⏱ 22/01/2012

Another Watford fan here. Mariappa is a good defender, but I think that his distribution is poor. I don't think that he is good enough for the Premier League.

Sphinxhunter: ⏱ 23/01/2012

Offers nothing better than we have in Willo, and won't edge out a fit Saylor or Collo. Given the age and the price, NUFC would be better developing their youngsters than bringing in Mariappa. If Pard really feels the need to buy in, then it has to be someone who will add something we don't already have and be able to meet Ash's other recruitment criteria. Who is the best, under 21 international, under utilised at his current club, French/Italian/Spanish(or possibly Dutch!!!) defender? Especially someone we once should considerable interest in.