Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has less than two weeks to add to his small squad at the Tyneside club, until the January transfer window runs out.
Wes Brown – Newcastle would still like him in January
Itâ€™s believed Kevin has sufficient funds from Mike Ashley to buy 3-4 good players in January. Kevin would presumably like to bring Jermain Defoe to the club, and the name of Wes Brown has also come up.
Thatâ€™s not surprising, since the Newcastle chairman approached Manchester United about Wes Brown earlier this month, but were turned down by Alex Ferguson. Brown has stalled on a new contract at the Red Devils, but he will also be available for a free transfer in June when his current contract ends.
In an attempt to get Brown at the club in January, Newcastle may try to entice Alex Ferguson with a transfer fee, so they can pick up the player this month. The fee being reported is Â£3M, but that may be a bit high, given we could probably get Wes for nothing in June. We could even have Wes sign a pre-contract agreement in January, so the full contract could be completed in early July (for free).
We believe Ferguson is still hoping he can keep Brown at the Manchester club, but Brown would be an excellent signing for Newcastle United and he may even be worth paying an appropriate fee for in January.
Weâ€™re sure that Chris Mort has taken Kevin Keegan through the transfer target dossier the club had in place when Big Sam was at the club, and some of the players may still be viable targets â€“ like Brown. But other players said to be on the list, like Kevin Nolan, would probably not interest Kevin too much.
The Evening Standard are reporting Keegan is a big fan of Brown, who can play anywhere across the back four, and is hoping to convince the defender his future lies on Tyneside. We’ll have to wait to see how things unfold, but we could certainly use Wes through the rest of this season.
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