Manchester United have today announced that Frazier Campbell, Danny Simpson and Darron Gibson will be on the transfer list and should go looking for new clubs.
Danny Simpson – good young player
And manager Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping the sale of the players will raise as much as £10M.
Hull City, who only escaped relegation because Newcastle had even a worse record than theirs this year, had tried to sign Campbell last summer, and are now pursuing the England U21 International. once again.
He is expected to cost around £5M, but news that both Birmingham (promoted to the Premier League) and Newcastle (relegated from the Premier League) are interested in the £1M Simpson. Newcastle should be able to afford that, once the club sells some of its overpaid, under-performing and disgraced players that took the club down last season.
The 5’9″ 22 year-old right back, had previously been on loan to Royal Antwerp (30), Sunderland (14), Ipswich (8) and Blackburn Rovers, (12) and looked a more than decent player. So the lad has 64 first class appearances under his belt.
Danny was born in Salford, and came through the Manchester United Youth Academy, made 3 appearances for the Red Devils first team, and has one year left on his contract.
But it must be difficult for the Newcastle club to recruit any new players, until they know who the next manager will be, and if it is Alan Shearer the club will still be a big draw, even in the Championship, and have a much improved chance of signing some of these excellent youngsters.
Newcastle seem determined to have a more balanced squad for next season, and are looking for cover at full back with Bristol City’s Bradley Orr, who is also a right back.
Either of these players would be excellent buys as back-up to Habib Beye next season, and it will probably depend on the asking price, as to who Newcastle would bring in.
But that is very much dependent on who the manger will be, of course, as Mike Ashley continues to have the club’s hands tied behind its back, as he seeks a new owner at a most unfortunate time.
There’s no shame in being laid off by one of the best club teams in the world, and all three players should attract considerable interest.