Newcastle supposedly bid Â£2M plus incentives to Derby County for their midfielder Giles Barnes, and were turned down, earlier this week.
Giles Barnes – no increased bid from Newcastle
We now understand Paul Jewell, Derby’s manager would accept Â£3M for Barnes plus incentives, but Newcastle have told him they will not raise their bid.
Why not ? Itâ€™s not like we donâ€™t have the money, and the 19 year-old looks a very good player who can only improve as he gets more games in the Premier league. He looks just the type of player to play Keegan’s attacking style from midfield.
Derby manager Paul Jewell has said that Newcastle are not prepared to increase their bid for Giles Barnes, as he said yesterday:
“They said they wouldn’t be coming back with more than they’ve offered – which I’m pleased to hear.”
Jewell also confirmed that a verbal offer from Newcastle had earlier been rejected – and insisted the midfielder would be going nowhere unless Derby County’s valuation was met.
So it doesnâ€™t look now like Giles Barnes will be arriving on Tyne-side today â€“ and we think he would be a good acquisition for the club. Thatâ€™s disappointing, to say the least.
We just don’t like the idea of all our new players coming in during the summer, because that’s exactly what happened last year, with bad consequences. We think if we could have brought 2-3 players in this month, they would have had time to settle down before next season – no chance of that now.
What do you think?
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