There are a number of reports in the press this morning that Newcastle may test West Ham United with a renewed £2m bid for Lucas Neill, the 30-year-old Australian defender who is a free agent this summer.
Lucas Neill – new £2M bid from Newcastle?
Joe Kinnear seemed to get into hot water last week when he said they had already spoken to Neill’s agent and wanted to buy out Lucas’s contract at West Ham, which only runs through to the summer.
But an official statement from Newcastle insisted last week they had ended their interest after West Ham’s statement that Neill was a key player, but now it’s obvious West Ham will be selling some of their players in January, and former Newcastle forward Craig Bellamy has now left for Man City for around £14M.
But sources close to Newcastle have told the Daily Mail there could now be a rethink on Tyneside, and Newcastle would be willing to pay out transfer money now to ensure they get the defender, who can play anywhere across the back line, and would be an excellent addition to the Newcastle squad.
If Newcastle don’t get Neill in January, look for them to try to get Lucas to sign a pre-contract agreement that he will move to Newcastle in the summer, on a free transfer.
These events have to be difficult for West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola, who has the West Ham side playing very well indeed, with yet another win over the weekend, without Craig Bellamy, but because of the financial situation at the club seemingly must now sell some of his best players.