Newcastle today are being linked with a move for Curtis Davies, the West Brom former captain and center-back.
This deal looks like it may come off because Luton Town defender Leon Barnett is set to join West Brom after the two clubs agreed a Â£2.5M transfer fee yesterday, according to the BBC.
If that deal goes through it would seem to leave it open for Davies to leave West Bromwich – who have been struggling to keep Curtis at the club.
21-year-old Leon Barnett, who was Luton’s player of the year for the 2006/2007 season, is due to speak with West Brom today and he could follow in the footsteps of Curtis Davies himself – who joined West Brom from Luton for Â£3M just under two years ago.
Newcastle have been linked with a move for 6’2″ Curtis Davies for some time now – with former manager Glenn Roeder interested in Curtis Davies in last January’s transfer window.
It is reported that Newcastle have offered Â£6M for the England Under-21 International who turned 22 years old last March. Davies already has premiership experience – as he spent the 2005-2006 in the Premiership with West Bromwich Albion when they were relegated. He performed extremely well during that period and caught the eye of a number of clubs.
We think Curtis would be a good buy for Newcastle and he’d need to fight it out with Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal for a starting spot on the Newcastle team. However, Curtis is ambitious and we think he would welcome the opportunity to join a club like Newcastle â€“ who would appear to be going places under new manager Sam Allardyce, new owner Mike Ashley and new chairman Chris Mort as of yesterday.
West Brom are asking â‚¤8M â€“ but we think Curtis Davies is overpriced and â‚¤6M appears a reasonable bid for the player. Curtis has a similar level of experience to our own Steven Taylor but missed the European Under-21 tournament in the summer due to injury. We believe that Tottenham and Aston Villa may be two of the clubs also pursuing Davies.
Curtis Davies started his career with Wimbledon as a trainee, at the age of 15 in 2000. He then joined Luton Town in 2002 and made his first team debut in 2003. He played for Luton 56 times scoring 2 goals. He was then transferred to West Bromwich Albion for â‚¤3M in 2005Â and has played 65 times for them scoring 2 goals. He was captain of the club last season and has played for the England Under-21 team 3 times. Curtis is generally regarded as one of England’s best up and coming young defenders.
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