Luke Young – the Â£3M-rated Charlton defender is surplus to requirements at The Valley, after manager Alan Pardew snapped up France Under-21 skipper Yassin Moutaouakil. It is being reported that Young is at the center of a three-way tug of war with Bolton, Newcastle and Aston Villa.
Luke Young at Â£3M we feel would be a good buy for Newcastle. Of the other two teams in for Luke â€“ we think (no disrespect to Bolton) that Aston Villa will provide our biggest challenge. They recently agreed to let former Newcastle Defender and Northern Ireland Captain Aaron Hughes leave for Fulham â€“ where he will join Lawrie Sanchez â€“ his former Northern Ireland manager.
One thing we probably have in our favor is that Luke has played with our former captain Scott Parker and we would think if Luke wants to get a personal view of what it’s like at Newcastle Scott would give Newcastle a positive recommendation. He would also get games at Newcastle and stay in the Premiership.
It would be good if Luke can play both full back positions and we seem to remember that he did do this at Charlton (and England) on occasion. He turns 28 in July and started his career at Tottenham where he made 58 appearances with no goals. In 2001 he moved to Charlton where he has made 187 appearances scoring 4 goals. He has represented England on 7 occasions scoring no goals.
He seems a hard working player with a good temperament and we do we believe this would be a good signing for Newcastle – and at a reasonable price.
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