Bolton manager Gary Megson has confirmed this morning that Kevin Nolan is on the verge of joining Newcastle United.
And Gary’s also said that Bolton’s move for Sporting Lisbon’s Miguel Veloso is dead in the water, which will hardly be good news for Bolton fans.
Kevin Nolan – in Newcastle right now
Nolan is on Tyneside right now for talks and a medical after Newcastle agreed a fee in the region of £4.5M for the Liverpool-born midfielder, and that would look a good deal for Newcastle.
Megson admitted he knew about Nolan’s proposed move to St James’ Park.
“The situation as we speak is that the club received a bid from Newcastle which the club accepted and he’s up there having a medical at the moment,”
“For any more details that you’re going to need or want to know you will have to go to the press office of the football club and they will let you know what we’re doing.”
“That’s as far as I’m going to go with it.”
Bolton made a move for Veloso earlier this week, but they have apparently been unable to agree a fee with Sporting for the highly-rated 22 year-old Portuguese midfielder.
“It’s now dead in the water and won’t happen,”
“We tried to bring what we thought was a top-class player to the club but we can’t do it.”
“To use an analogy, if you like a car but you can’t afford it then you have to look at something cheaper.”
Reports have said that Newcastle have now entered the race for Veloso, and have even put in a decent bid of £10M, but we doubt whether that’s the case – but hope it is. 😀
Sporting Lisbon, who we bought Hugo Viana from for £9.5M (the new Figo) in a terrible deal in the summer of 2002, are of course in absolutely no rush to sell Veloso and club president Filipe Soares Franco insists they will only let him leave if the deal is right for them.
“Other clubs are interested in Veloso, but our intention is only to sell at the price we want,”
Other reports say that Man City may also have netered the race for Velsoso, and if that’s the case expect another stipidlky high bif from the club. We don’t think Man FCDity are doing anybody any favors by driving up the price of pl;ayers – fancy paying £14M for Bellamy and £12M for Bridge, when they’re only worth about half of those fees.
And they only rate Given at £5M – give us a break – please.