Manchester United utility defender Wes Brown has said he is prepared to finally leave the Manchester United club next summer, with Newcastle United his likely destination.
Wes Brown - on his way to Newcastle in June?
Manchester born and bred Brown, who played for the Manchester Schools sides before signing professional forms with Manchester United in 1996 at the age of 17, has indicated he may join his former team-mates Alan Smith and Nicky Butt at Newcastle United.
He has received glowing reports from both of them of how things are at Newcastle United right now, with Sam Allardyce in charge and English billionaire Mike Ashley planning big things for the club in the future. Reports lately suggest that Tottenham may try to sign him, and we know that Roy Keane is also keen on him at Sunderland (excuse the pun). Obviously, as a free agent, Wes would be an excellent capture for any club.
Brown has stalled on a new contract offer from Manchester, thought to be in the region of Â£40K/week, which is somewhat below what other players are receiving at the club. But indications are that Manchester United are not prepared to improve the offer.
That will be no problem at Newcastle, where he could receive substantially more than that figure. Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has long admired the versatile defender, and indeed tried to sign both Brown and Silvestre from Manchester in the summer, but was not successful.Â They were apparently his first choices for defensive reinforcements at the time.
Newcastle’s defense has again been leaking far too many goals this season, and while the defensive players are good that Sam brought in, most of them lacked Premier league experience, and they are still coming to terms with the physical nature of football in England. Defenders with some Premiership experience are probably the only signings Chairman Chris Mort will support, as far as the Newcastle defense is concerned. That excludes any youngsters the club will bring in of course.
With Alan Smith and Nicky Butt already at the club, Allardyce is confident Brown can be convinced it is the right move for him. He is having a prolonged spell in the first team because of an injury to Gary Neville, but reports suggest Alex Ferguson is already looking for a right-back and is believed to have made inquiries about Bayern Munich’s German international Philip Lahm and Willy Sagnol.
We think Wes Brown (and even Silvestre) would be good signings for Newcastle United in June, and then the defenders at the club would just have to fight it out for who would be the starting back four. That cannot be too bad, either.