It appears that Joe Kinnear, according to the Newcastle Journal today, may be closing in on Rangers and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson, whose price has been cut by Glasgow Rangers to just £3M.
Barry Ferguson – on his way to Newcastle?
It appears that Rangers just have to slash their wage bill in January, and their captain is one the top wage earners north of the border on £40K-a-week.
As the Journal points out this morning, Ferguson hardly fits the club’s transfer strategy of signing young players (cheaply), who have yet to develop fully as footballers, and then developing them at the club – Sebastien Bassong is an excellent example of that.
But Ferguson is very experienced and will add to the competition for places in the Newcastle midfield. The Scotland captain, born in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, has played close to 300 games for the powerful Rangers side in his two stints there, and played around 36 times for Blackburn, when he was there from 2003-2005.
Ferguson has just returned from a long term injury, and his form has not been too good in Scotland, but maybe more games will bring that back, although he was hardly a resounding success at Blackburn Rovers.
He wouldn’t be a great signing for Newcastle, but at £3M he’s probably a decent signing for the money, and will help to deepen the squad in an area where we are very weak indeed – central midfield.
What do you think?