The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Nigel Quashie of West Ham United may be on the verge of becoming the latest bargain buy at Newcastle, since the Tyneside club seem to have no money to spend in January.
Nigel Quashie – are Newcastle interested in this player?
Scottish international midfielder Quashie, who is 30 years old, is approaching the end of a three-month loan spell from West Ham United, where he couldn’t get his game, to Championship side Birmingham City.
Quashie’s loan expires after this coming weekend and Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear is said to want the midfielder for around £500K, which will hardly excite the Newcastle fans, who were looking forward to getting quality players arriving at the club in January.
It looks like Birmingham City’s Scottish manager Alex McLeish had wanted to sign the combative midfielder but Quashie wants to return to the Premier League and presumably would jump at the chance to join Newcastle United.
But this has to be seen by Newcastle fans as a signing to fill up the numbers and when you think we were after players like Luka Modric, Andrey Arshavin and Arda Turan last year, this has to signal a massive reduction in player quality the club is pursuing.
Looking on the bright side, maybe Joe can see something in Quashie that Newcastle need, and probably that’s some bite in midfield. And he certainly comes at a decent price, and maybe he could do a job for the club over the next two or three years – but that’s looking on the very bright side of things.
Born in the London borough of Southwark, Nigel has played for a number of clubs in his career, starting at QPR, and then moving in order to Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth, Southampton, WBA, West Ham and recently Birmingham City on a 3 month loan, where he played 10 times for the Championship club.
The 5’9″ midfielder has played for Scotland 14 times with one goal, and qualified because his grandfather was born in Scotland, although he also played 4 times for the England Under-21 side and once for England B.
We have no idea if this story is true, but we don’t think signing Nigel Quashie will make Shay Given or Michael Owen think that Newcastle are headed anywhere exciting in the next few years.
Let us know what you think – is Quashie a better player than we think?
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