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.