We had reported yesterday that Newcastle were interested in signing Celtic captain Stephen McManus, and there is some more news about that potential deal today being reported in the Newcastle Journal.
Stephen McManus – £3M offer could clinch it
The 26-year-old is keen to leave Scottish football following a deterioration in his relationship with the Celtic fans, who have blamed him for the Glasgow club’s recent slump in form.
It turns out that Newcastle were approached by the Glasgow giants earlier this month, when they enquired about the possibility of a swap deal involving Newcastle’s Spanish full back José Enríque, but they lost interest extremely quickly when they were told the former Spanish Under-21 international was on more than £40K a week on Tyneside.
But it seems that Newcastle are still interested in pursuing the Celtic captain, with sources in Scotland last night saying that a bid of just £3M would probably be enough to bring the 6’2″ center-back to Tyneside.
What we have heard is that McManus is a dominant, no frills type center-back, who could do well at Newcastle, and would certainly add, at the very least, competition for places across the back four, which is the area we must get playing very well, if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.
We think McManus would be an excellent buy for £3M, because he also has good leadership abilities, and seems like he would be a welcome addition to the Newcastle defensive squad.