The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Kevin Keegan is hoping to make Dundee United midfielder Barry Robson his first senior signing of his second spell as manager of Newcastle United.
Barry Robson – can play central midfield or left wing
Robson, who can play in the center of midfield or on the left wing, and apparently was identified by Keegan during his spell in Glasgow running his Soccer Circus up there. Chris Mort will now move to acquire the player, after transfer discussions on Thursday with new manager Keegan at Newcastleâ€™s Benton training ground.
The 29-year-old has been capped only once by Scotland last year, but has attracted interest from Celtic, after becoming one of the Scottish Premier Leagueâ€™s most consistent performers, in the last two years.
Celtic are thought to be preparing a Â£750K bid for a player but Newcastle are poised to outbid Celtic, to bring the player to Newcastle United. We first had assumed Barry will be a squad player and is being bought to build the squad. But thatâ€™s not exactly what Kevin said he would do yesterday, at his press conference. Kevin said he would only bring in players that would improve the squad, so we can only assume Keegan rates Robson highly.
The Aberdeen-born Robson has played 142 times for Dundee since 2003, and scored 29 goals. He stands 5â€™11â€ tall and previous to Dundee he played for Inverness and was initially at Celtic, although he never played for their first team. He was on loan at Forfar Athletic from 1999-2000, where he played 25 games and scored 9 goals. Robson played for Inverness from 1997 through 2003 and played 135 times scoring 17 goals.
This seems an odd signing for Newcastle to make – but as we said we have to assume he is highly regarded by Kevin.
What do you think?