Newcastle May Go Back For West Ham’s Lucas Neill

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • harrier

    Jan 20, 2009 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #1

    No Comment 😐

  • RichY

    Jan 20, 2009 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought it was agreed by all the bloggers, Ed included, that Lucas was indeed dog sh1te?

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Never gonna happen,Just be “another shrimp on the barbie”…………
    We need fresh blood but think he is out after a PAY-DAY so he wont be coming here as MA will only offer players a box of SMARTIES n a TOBLERONE.

  • repo

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #4

    why so he can go on the sick like that other shite lazy aussie who on massive wages look elsewhere..

    he not that good anyhow….

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #5

    We wont sign ANYONE who will go straight into the first team, whether we are desperate for them or not. The reason for that is…

    Mike Ashley is a greedy pig who hasent a clue on how to run a huge football club like NUFC. He is WAY out of his deapth, as is JFK and the rest of the clueless clowns

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Apparently citeh have offered us 15 m for given…i say take it

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #7

    A defender who can play anywere across the backfour, and has expirience, wouldnt be that bad. And I dont think he will be offered to much in wages as Mike trying to lower the clubs costs.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Citys offer for Shay was i think 9 million plus Michael Johnson who´s rated at 6 million.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Well, according to some papers it says 9 mil + Johnson and other papers says 8 mil, and another one says 15 mil… Ill rest my case…

  • dontoon

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #10

    it dont matter if we sell given or not we only will have 10 mill, these people do not care one bit about the club or fans, only money.

    I gaurantee he neil will not be coming cos he would not want to play championship football. We are doomed and we will get relegated. MA wants us to get relegated, he wants to get rid of the high earners that no one will buy

  • craig s chisholm

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #11

    i read that jfk is the worst manager in 20 YEARS at newcastle in terms of winning games. even souness has much better record.

  • lesh

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Is this reducing the wage bill?

  • Tom

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t want him. He is a mercenary waste of a shirt.

  • J

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #14

    I think he is a good player, but as long as his wages aint to high.

  • Darling27

    Jan 20, 2009 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #15


  • The Real Entertainers

    Jan 20, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Bucking the trend here.

    I think Niell is a half decent, committed, versitile player, that we desperately need.

    Mercenary quite possibley.

    Do i care, as long as he performs ? NO! 🙂


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