Sky Sports News are reporting that Newcastle United have agreed a fee with Bolton Wanderers for their midfielder Kevin Nolan.
Kevin Nolan – on his way to Newcastle United?
Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has spent the majority of the January transfer window trying to get new faces into the club, and we have to assume that Newcastle have gone after Nolan because of Barton’s injury last night against Manchester City. Joey will be out up to 8 weeks with a broken metatarsal in his right foot.
Michael Owen and Joey Barton joined the growing list of injuries last night, and Kinnear is struggling to even name a team for the Sunderland game on Sunday.
It would appear that Newcastle want this deal to go through quickly, so Nolan can play on Sunday.
The 26-year-old 6’0″ tall player has spent his entire career at Bolton Wanderers and was linked with Newcastle when Sam Allardyce was manager at the Tyneside club.
He has earned international honors with two England’s U21 caps in the past, but he has never been called up for the full England squad, well not yet anyway.
Newcastle and Bolton have yet to confirm that an agreement has been reached for the midfielder, but Sky Sports News are now claiming a deal is imminent, and we’re sure Kevin will be delighted to join Newcastle United.
This will be welcomed by most Newcastle fans, since Kevin has played over 300 games for Bolton with 40 goals, and he can become a very good player at Newcastle. He obviously has Premier League experience and is a known commodity, unlike any European players we will bring into the club.
Kevin Nolan is a similar player to our own Joey Barton, and both were born in Liverpool, and both seem to be the fighting combative midfielders that Newcastle manager Kinnear obviously wants in the battle against relegation.
More importantly, it also shows that the Newcastle Board are still in the business of strengthening the squad, which seemed debatable after some of Kinnear’s comments this morning.
But the injuries last night hopefully will have lit a fuse under the Newcastle Board to get some signings into the club, and quickly.
We now need to get Albin Ebondo from Toulouse also signed up before Sunday, and then he can also make his debut against Sunderland too.
Newcastle are haggling over the price – since Toulouse now want £3M, from their initial demands of £2.5M.
That shouldn’t be a big problem, but it’s held things up for several days, or so we are told, so get the lad signed – he looks a good player.