Initial Rejected Brown Bid Will Not Stop Sam

Manchester United have today turned down a transfer bid from Newcastle United for Wes Brown, their utility defender who has been in their first team almost all season, because of an injury to captain Gary Neville.


Wes Brown – appears Manchester United want to keep him

From first glance it would appear that Manchester are keen to hold onto the experienced defender, and have insisted today, that he’s still able to sign a new deal for the club, which he recently rejected, but is apparently still on the table. Long time manager Alex Ferguson insists the offer is still open, after turning down a bid from Newcastle United this morning, which we reported earlier today.

Newcastle are eager to sign the defender, either in January for a fee, or in the summer for a free, since Wes’ contract at Old Trafford ends in June. So if there is no deal possible in January, don’t be surprised if Newcastle try to do some business with Wes and his agents now. The deal can then be duly completed in the summer. Indications are that Brown is willing to join the Tyneside club, and link up with former team-mates Alan Smith and Nicky Butt.

Sir Alex told the official Manchester United Web Site today:

“There was an enquiry from Newcastle about Wes and we turned it down.”

“The matter rests with Wes and his agent. We’ll just wait and see what happens. Our offer is still there – it’s now up to Wes.”

Newcastle manager Sam Allardcye had this to say to Sky Sports on hearing the initial news from Manchester United:

“I will have to speak to the chairman over that,” “From my point of view, I would like Wes Brown very, very much. A hugely experienced defender coming in would be fantastic.”

“From our point of view, we have had a problem of not keeping enough clean sheets and this effectively means we have to score at least two goals to win a football match.”

“If we can resurrect that side of our defensive problems with Wes, that would be fantastic. I would have to speak to Chris on that to see whether we can move it forward or whether we can’t.”

Don’t be at all surprised if Newcastle send back an increased offer for Wes Brown. Brown, who turned 28 last October, made his Premiership debut 10 years ago, just two years after joining the Old Trafford club. The 6’1″ local born defender, has so far made 181 appearances for the reigning Premiership Champions.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #1

    it was never going to happen y would he come to us were shit

  • Toon Al

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    we actually have a pretty half descent squad really, we are underachieving, and with butt n smith he has mates here

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Rather have Brown over Ben-Haim because Ben-Haim is absolute tosh for Chelsea, he wasnt for Bolton though.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    wee need some flair not that drivel served up every week buy these sods

  • Hadrian

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Are these the ‘couple’ of signings our current chairman implied we would try and make?
    a 2 mill ben haim and wes brown ?
    i really expect a bit more show of ambition from our current board .
    when you have the top 4 spending 40-100 million each , surely we have to start throwing a bit more cash about ? or we are no better than the rest of the mediocre teams .
    we aint daft mort , we know our support provide alot more income than the teams around us , and i expect it to be shown in the transfer markets .

  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Wes Brown reminds me of Aaron Hughes,solid if not spectacular, who we should never have sold, if Sam is so keen on “experience” why doesn’t he give Martin Keown a ring.
    just kidding….

  • Newcastlefan

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #7

    I would like to see some Ashley muscle in the transfer market. We are eleventh and one of the only clubs that can buy or way out of trouble. We did not spend too much in the summer. Big Sama tactics have been called into question, but not his buys, not over all, not on the money he has been given.

  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Hadrian – The board will not give Sam that money cause they intend to sack him in the summer. Would you give dodgey bung man Sam £100 million of your own money??

    Brown is not any better than the central defenders we already have, but Fat Sam has wanted him since the summer.

    It actually made me glad when I heard the bid was turned down. Because it shows Mort is no fool. He started with a low bid to test the water, and won’t pay over the odds. If it was Freddy Shepherd he’d have foolishly bid £10 million and £120K a week.

    Nice one Mort, if we can’t get him for the right price then fine, if not then walk away.

  • mark

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #9

    I too wouldnt mind seeing Wor Mick flash the cash. In May when I heard he was buying us, I knew he wouldnt be Abramovich, but thought that we could sign two or three £15million pound players and a few of the teams around us best players. But no, a net spend of £1.7million and 6.3m the most we spent on one player, Jose Enrique, we bought Fringe players, and I believe they are all good players, however, they wont win us the title like Chelsea did in their second season, remember, they bought class when Roman took over, Come on Wor Mick we need a bit more investment, at least Young Fred used to give us £50m a summer haha, fair does we were in debt like but f..k it, it was a larf while it lasted.

  • mark

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree James, its good how he tested the water, Young Fred used to just go “Right, 8m, Boumsong aye? good, deal?” Cue the Rangers Board biting his ginger hand off.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #11

    james ,
    this is where i expect mort tobe that little bit savier then .
    if he’s the goto guy who’s calling the shots , he should be able to pick up quality players that transcend managers .
    as much flack as he gets , you will not find many managers that would moan about walking into a team with owen playing for them .

    Bobby’s got a great video interview up on the beeb , backs sam but go’s over his earlier advice , basically saying if he expects to keep the job then play the football on the floor .

  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Hadrian – totally agree with you.

    Mort is looking after us long term. He is only interested in paying the right price because he knows we’ll be stuck with the player after Sam is sacked.

    He wants to bring in players who will be here for years regardless of managers. I personally love this approach and it’s so refreshing to have him doing the business for Newcastle this way.

    Under Mort we are not going to get stuck with players on inflated contracts that are hard to shift.

    I agree about Owen too. He gets way too much stick on this blog. It’s not his fault that Shepherd put him on such a high wage, and his injury situation. He loves the city and recently said his kids love it at the school they go to and he doesnt want to move them from it. This lad wants to score goals for Newcastle. He is the best natural finisher in the league. But he needs a target man to help him. If a manager played to his strengths he would score loads for us.

  • Leo

    Jan 4, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #13

    yeah i watched the bbc interview with bobby, i reckon he could still manage our team haha, joking, motivational wise there are no better than sir bob

  • Ben

    Jan 4, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Big pea of the web…..who do u support?if ur a toon fan u should be disgraced with your comments!Fickle fans like you cause players not to want to come to the toon…bet u start the boos hey!

  • Toon_Under

    Jan 5, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Just reading some of the comments so far about the money side of things, and how Mike Ashley appears to be sitting on his money Scruge McDuck style.

    Guys, I don’t think Ashley was going to spend big money this season regardless of whether allardyce was manager or not. Remember he has just plowed 75m into the club to get it debt free (thanks Freddy) and like any business person he’d have a schedule for how much money he’d put in for a season and how it would be distributed. So far his spending is around 85m and the season isn’t over yet.. And that to me is why we are spending so little on players.

    Mike knows we aren’t going to go down, and likewise that we aren’t going to finish near the top. While that sounds pretty shite for us supporters, he’d be looking at this season being a rebuilding one (particularly off the pitch) and then looking to make significant inroads next season. Again, not what we want to hear now, but my tip is we will see a lot more activity and money once the summer arrives..


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