There is some news today that Newcastle United Football Club are plotting a January move for their former player, Frenchman Sylvain Distin.
Sylvain Distin – is he a Newcastle target for January?
Distin was on loan at Newcastle from PSG from 2001-2002, when he played 28 times for the Tyneside club, and at the end of that season, was offered a good contract by then manager Bobby Robson.
But at the last minute a certain Kevin Keegan of Man City came in, and took Sylvain to the north-west by offering him a better contract than he was offered by Newcastle. That was what Bobby Robson said at the time, in any case.
After his 5 year contract was up at City in the summer of 2007, he signed for Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth, where he is at the moment. And perhaps because Harry has now moved on to manager Spurs in London, there may be a chance that Distin is unsettled at Portsmouth – but that may be wishful thinking.
However, whether Sylvain would be willing to move to Newcastle, who are hardly a stable club right now with ownership issues still way up in the air, is a good question.
The reports say that Joe Kinnear has mentioned Distin’s name to Director of Football, Dennis Wise, as part of potential targets for January, with an offer of £5M said to be prepared for the 30-year-old Frenchman, who is a good player.
But Joe would have to get that money from outgoing transfers first, so we’ll need to wait and see, although we expect Joe to move quickly in early January.
Distin would be a good acquisition for Newcastle, that’s for sure, and he has immense experience in the Premier league, where he’s played over 250 games.
Sounds like a ready-made player to us.