There’s one thing Newcastle have no idea about at all, and that’s what Newcastle United are doing in the transfer market.
David James – Portsmouth goalkeeper to Newcastle?
So the new today in the People that we are after David James of Portsmouth, because we are going to sell both Harper and Given, is hard to believe, and it’s more than probably just more Sunday paper nonsense.
Newcastle are said to want £3M rated 38 year old David James as Shay Given and Steve Harper head for the exit at St James’ Park.
Only Newcastle would think of replacing a 32 year old goalkeeper with one who is 38 years old, but we just cannot believe this story is true.
This is being reported by Steve Bates, who says he understands Newcastle’s Executive Director Dennis Wise will open talks with Portsmouth if James indicates he is willing to head for Tyneside.
The People is reporting that Man City will get Given this week, for around £10M, and that Newcastle’s plans are to lure James to the North East are still in the early stages.
They also say that Harper is heading to Tottenham in a £4M deal, but please, we are reading today that Chelsea’s Carlo Cudicini will go to Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer, as his contract runs out this summer at Chelsea.
Of course in James’ career at Watford, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Man City and Portsmouth, he’s played over 650 first class gamers, and has been capped by England 45 times, and is the current first choice of England manager, Fabio Capello.
But if the People are to make stories up, surely they could have done better than this.
How about a Newcastle swoop for Kaka, or even Christiano Ronaldo – now that he is World Footballer Of The Year and therefore proved he is now good enough for Newcastle, that would surely sell more newspapers. 😀
And of course whether there’s any truth in the story seems immaterial – after all it is Sunday.
We’d be shocked if any of this story is true – apart from perhaps Shay Given finally ending up at Man City, who we just happen to play on Wednesday evening at Eastlands.
But you have to admit some of these stories are entertaining.