There is news coming out of Spain right now that Hull target Steve Finnan is set to become Joe Kinnear’s first signing, after his club Espanyol accepted a bid of £1.3M from Newcastle United today.
Steve Finnan – on way to Newcastle?
Reports in the English press have been saying that 32 year-old Steve would sign for Hull City, but apparently Espanyol have not accepted the terms offered by The Tigers, and have today accepted an improved offer from Joe Kinnear and Newcastle. and we think this a good short term deal for Newcastle for a very experienced full back.
Joe Kinnear has been scouting the league looking for an experienced right-back to step-in in place of the injured Habib Beye, and Steve Finnan seems to fit the bill perfectly. But of course Steve had tremendous experience in the Premier League with Liverpool, and can play in either full back position, and we think, even though he’s 32 years old now, that he will be a good acquisition to the squad for that money.
Espanyol’s decision came after being dissatisfied with Hull`s proposal to pay the transfer fee in installments, over a full three years, which is the major reason they seemed to have pulled the plug.
Steve is still a good player and of course played for Kevin Keegan at Fulham FC where he played 173 times with 6 goals, and he was a Newcastle target under Bobby Robson before moving to Liverpool in 2003, and we had hoped at the time that Bobby would have brought him to Newcastle at that time.
Steve, who was born in Limerick, Ireland, played 145 times for Liverpool before moving to Espanyol in the summer, and he will no doubt be delighted if he moves to Tyneside.
We think this is accurate news, and don’t be surprised if Steve is thrust into the team at left-back tomorrow at Blackburn. Steve Finnan reminds us of the way Joe Kinnear used to play full back for Spurs – a good compact and safe full-back, who doesn’t give much away – and of course Steve is Irish too.
In short – we think this is a decent short term move for the club, as he can play at left or right full back, and we’re rather impressed Joe and Dennis have moved so quickly to tie the deal up.