Sky Sports is reporting that Manchester City have rejected an £8M offer from Newcastle for midfielder Michael Johnson.
Michael Johnson staying at Eastlands
Newcastle had been interested in the 20 year-old for some time and launched a bid this morning for the England Under-21 International.
Newcastle had been hopeful of concluding a deal and it was understood that Johnson was open to the idea of moving to St James’ Park, but it looks like the City club turned down the deal.
It seems to us like Newcastle should have made Johnson going in the other direction part of the Shay Given deal, but the Eastlands club have got their man and Newcastle haven’t.
This is hardly good news for Newcastle fans.
Remember that’s what Wigan asked for when they were willing to let Ryan Taylor go to Newcastle, but only if Charles N’Zogbia went the other way.
We think we’ve been hoodwinked by Manchester – that’s what it looks like to us – unfortunately. 🙁
The club should send Dennis Wise to negotiating school, we know there’s a 3 day class in negotiating that IBM consultants all take at the company, as part of their training.
It’s a pity we didn’t send Dennis to that, and we may have ended up with Michael Johnson – a top young talent.