Newcastle United are said to be keen to add Wigan Athletic defender, Emerson Boyce to their squad next season.
Emerson Boyce – Wigan defender a target for Â£3M?
This is rather a surprise, since we have heard the club were after several other center-backs.
But at Â£3M it could still be good money spent for a reliable and experienced Premier League defender.
Todayâ€™s reports suggest manager Kevin Keegan, is willing to pay Â£3M to get Boyce, knowing that he will add some strength to the Newcastle back four.
Emerson was signed by Paul Jewell at Wigan for an undisclosed fee (1.5M is estimate) from Crystal Palace in July of 2006.
He played 69 times for Crystal Palace with one goal from 2004-2006 and he has so far played 59 times for the Wigan club.
One attraction of the player is thatâ€™s he very versatile and can play anywhere along the back four, so he would make a good squad player, and heâ€™s also a no nonsense type defender.
Boyce started his career at Luton Town in 2008 and went on to play 185 times for Luton with 8 goals.
Wiganâ€™s Geordie manager Steve Bruce however seems keen to keep the 28 year-old player, and he told the Wigan Evening Post yesterday:
“We’re having discussions with Emmerson Boyce about him getting a new deal – he’s done very well here,”
In March 2008 he was called up to the Barbados squad, making his international debut on 27th of that month.
While this player may be a surprise to most Newcastle fans who want Â£10M top targets, Emerson is a reliable Premier League defender and we think he could do well at the club.
However, it’s becoming apparent that Kevin will not have a bucket full of money to spend in the summer, and we will probably need to do some shrewd deals for players.
Kevin has consistently said he wants proven Premier League players and we think this could actually turn out to be a good deal for the club.
Emerson was born in Aylesbury and stands just over 6’0″ tall.
We have to be realistic that we cannot offer European football to top players next season, and we’ll have to do the very best we can in this summer’s transfer market.