The Sunday Sun is reporting today that the mystery player Sam Allardyce is pursuing his former captain Kevin Nolan at Bolton Wanderers.
Kevin Nolan – Sam is after his former Bolton captain
Itâ€™s not at all surprising that Sam has been given some flexibility to bring in a new midfielder at Newcastle, given the problems Barton has with himself, and the up and down displays of Turkish International Emre.
However, we had thought that Andrei Arshavin, the Russian football captain, would be the player Sam would have tried to bring in during January, although he doesnâ€™t have any Premiership experience. Sam has since said that those are the players he wants to target during this transfer window.,
Nolan has not been in particularly good form this season and it may be that new Bolton manager Gary Megson may be willing to let Kevin move on. With Samâ€™s unwillingness to play Emre in the attacking midfield position in Barton’s absence, it may also be that Allardyce may want to cash in on Emre. And of course his old club Galatasaray will be interested, as will quite a few other clubs. However, it’s not clear that Galatasaray have the cash needed to buy the Turkish international.
Sam Allardyce knows all about Kevin Nolan, and you have to believe he knows just exactly what he would use him at Newcastle United. Sam remains convinced of Nolanâ€™s ability, with the midfielderâ€™s goal-scoring capability an obvious attraction.
Galatasaray have also been keeping an eye on Emre, and his agent Ahmet Bulut said yesterday:
â€œThere are a lot of clubs interested but they have to speak to Newcastle.â€
So whether we get Nolan in for Emre remains to be seen, but we hope Sam is not going to let all our creative players move on. We havenâ€™t got too many of them to start with.
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