Joe Kinnear said yesterday that Newcastle United were interested in Ranger’s captain Barry Ferguson, but the Glasgow Rangers manager today said he had received no bid or even an enquiry from the Tyneside club.
Walter Smith – no interest from Newcastle in Barry Ferguson
The Rangers manager said today:
“If the comments are accurate then it is strange,” “As far as my chairman, my chief executive and myself are concerned, there’s been no contact with Newcastle or any other club regarding Barry.”
“I have no influence over who wants to bid for any of the players at Rangers,”
“But what football manager can say that if somebody comes along and makes a bid for one of their players that they won’t consider it.”
“You have to and that is what we did with Alan Hutton and if anybody comes in then we will give them an answer, but so far the only offer we have had is for Alan Gow from Wolverhampton.”
“The players that are looking to move on are the ones who are outside of the group and are unhappy about not playing,”
“However, all I keep reading about is speculation regarding players who are playing.”
The Rangers boss admitted that if a club were to make a substantial bid for Ferguson then they would have to consider it – and it seems that Rangers need to sell some of their players in the January transfer market, perhaps top reduce the wage bill at the Scottish club.
Rangers will have certain players they would like to offload, but would presumably be tempted with any good offer for any of their players.
Newcastle have been linked with interest in both Barry Ferguson and Algerian and Rangers’ center-back Madjid Bougherra.
The 26 year old 6’2” defender only moved to Rangers last summer from Charlton Athletic for a £2M fee, but Rangers are said to want around £5M, or as much as they can get probably. 😀
It seems strange if Newcastle have not made an enquiry, although Ferguson may be further down the transfer list Newcastle have and the club may not have received answers back from their initial enquiries for players further up the list.
That’s at least one reason that would explain this.