Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia has come out and verified that both Sunderland and Newcastle were after his services in January.
Sami Hyypia – Liverpool contract ends in the summer
Joe Kinnear has said that Newcastle failed with a late bid to bring Hyypia to Newcastle, on the last day of the transfer window last Monday.
And Hyypia confirmed that when he talked to Sky Sports yesterday:
“There were a lot of rumours, and a few offers as well. Newcastle and Sunderland were both really interested in signing me.”
“But Liverpool made it clear that they were not willing to sell me. That was it, although I might have considered another option.”
“The club decide these things, Liverpool didn’t want to sell me. So I will spend the rest of the season in Liverpool, this is my 10th season and it is a great achievement.”
“I will consider my options again in the summer when my current Liverpool contract expires,”
“It is too early to say what will happen then. It is not my style to worry about these things in advance.”
“Now I will concentrate on helping my team to win trophies in a role the manager decides, whether it is on the bench or on the pitch.”
Sami is still playing well for Liverpool, and has put in some excellent performances for the Merseyside club this season, even though he’s now 35 years old.
Sami would be a good buy for Newcastle, because he can add experience to our young back four, and help to mentor Bassong, S Taylor and Tamas Kadar.
But getting him will depend on whether Liverpoool will offer him a contract in the summer, and Sunderland may still be interested in getting a center-half in , since both Davenport and Ben Haim have both been signed on loan only, until the end of the season.
Sunderland could still be in for Sami in the summer, and again challenge Newcastle for the Finnish international.
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