The Newcastle Journal are reporting this morning that Newcastle United hope to complete a £4.5m move for Bolton Wanderers midfielder Kevin Nolan today, in addition to a swap deal for Wigan full-back Ryan Taylor (sending babyface N’Zogbia the other way) over the weekend.
Kevin Nolan – great business by Newcastle United
And these two moves may have even lifted the spirits of Newcastle fans perhaps just a little, after the terrible doom and gloom that rightly greeted our defeat at Manchester City, and the injuries long term during that game of two of our best players in Owen and Barton.
And sources in Portugal are saying Newcastle have also made a £10M bid for Sporting Lisbon’s 22 year-old outstanding midfielder Miguel Veloso, and Wigan are considering the exchange deal involving full-back Taylor and Charles N’Zogbia.
Newcastle seem to be making a last valiant attempt in their pursuit of new players, with just three days of the transfer window remaining.
This is almost a last attempt for Ashley to please the Newcastle fans, who still need to be convinced, big time, that Ashley has the good of the Newcastle United club at heart, and with good reason, given his unwillingness or inability or both, to strengthen an obviously weak Newcastle squad.
The little brat Charles N’Zogbia is keen on a move to the JJB Stadium, although apparently Newcastle have still to talk to Ryan Taylor about his willingness to move to Tyneside, so that deal is not as far along as the Nolan deal.
We think Nolan however could be a great signing for the club, and his fight and character, he is captain of Bolton, would be an ideal replacement for his fellow Liverpudlian, Joey Barton, in the center of Newcastle’s midfield.
Indeed if we can get Barton, Butt, Guthrie and Nolan fighting it out for central midfield, along with potentially Miguel Veloso too – that’s some midfield strength, by anybody’s standards.
Sam Allardyce, who brought Kevin Nolan through at Bolton Wanderers, thinks Newcastle have a great deal, if they can wrap it up, as he said today:
“I know Kevin really well and he is a quality goal-scoring midfielder – and there aren’t too many of those about when you look around the Premier League.”
“He is a box-to-box midfielder and when you think about the injury problems Newcastle have got, he is an excellent signing for them.”
“He has played in the Premier League for seven years now and he’s still only 26, so he’s still got plenty of years left.”
“They’ve also got him on the cheap when you think a player like Wilson Palacios has gone to Tottenham for £14m this month, so it’s a good bit of business by Joe.”
“And I’m sure they are relieved at making the breakthrough in the transfer market.”
Positive and good words from Big Sam.
Let’s hope we’re on our way – finally.