New Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is putting a number of Tottenham players up for sale in the summer.
Steed Malbranque – available at Â£4M from Spurs
It’s not too surprising that Ramos would bring in his own players this summer, which he has already started to do with the signing of Luka Modric, and the Brazilian goalkeeper Gomes apparently is moving to White Hart Lane from PSV shortly.
Among those being released include former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who had a particularly poor season last year, and who Middlebrough may be interested in to replace Australian Mark Schwarzer, who joined Fulham earlier this summer, after 11 years on Teesside.
One player that may interest Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, because of his experience and skill, is Steed Malbranque, the former Fulham and Lyon attacking midfielder.
While Steed may be a bit old at 28, and doesn’t fit the profile of players Newcastle seem to want this summer, he could also be one of the experienced players Newcastle want to recruit this summer.
Graeme Souness was interested in bringing Malbranque to Newcastle, during his disastrous stewardship of the club from 2004 until early 2006.
In retrospect GraemeÂ put us back 3-4 years – and we even paid him a few millions to leave!
The Belgian born French player has had some good games for Tottenham over the last two seasons, playing 62 times and scoring 6 goals. While at Fulham, from 2001, he played 172 times for the Craven Cottage side, scoring 32 goals.
The transfer fee quoted is around Â£4M, which doesn’t seem too bad for an experienced and skillful player, who still has quite a few years left in the game.
We wonder if Steed could do a job at Newcastle for Kevin Keegan?
But maybe he’s just not good enough for who we are looking for.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.