The Evening Chronicle has a report today that Newcastle United have been given the chance to sign top German midfielder Torsten Frings.
Torsten Frings – German International offered to Newcastle
We’re always suspicious when we are offered players, and Frings is not the type of player the club is trying to sign this summer.
He turns 32 years old in November, but there’s no doubt he’s still a first class player, and while we are generally after younger players, he could well do a job for us these next 2-3 seasons.
It’s hard for a young side these days to do really well in the Premier league, and maybe Kevin needs to sign one or two older players, for short term use, if we are really after 5th place next season.
The Chronicle is reporting that Fringsâ€™ agent spoke to Newcastle’s Executive Director of Football Dennis Wise yesterday, and offered him the 31-year-old Werder Bremen star, who can operate anywhere across midfield.
Frings has played 77 times for Germany, so he’s obviously a good player, no doubt about that, but we feel the sticking point, even if Kevin wanted to sign him, will be his wages.
It’s exactly what owner Mike Ashley has said he doesn’t want – older stars coming to the club and getting huge wages, while they’re in the twilight of their career, and have already had their best days.
That’s one way to look at it – the other is that our youngsters can learn from somebody so experienced, and he could do a job for us in the next couple of seasons.
We don’t have the time to wait until our young players develop, which they will, if we want to get straight back into Europe.
If we were pushed on this, we think Newcastle will politely decline the offer, and that may be the right decision, given the emphasis on reducing the wage bill.
However, there is also a decent case to be made for getting him on-board at the club, unless we are confident there are other good players we can bring in during the summer.