The official Newcastle and Fulham sites are now reporting that Damien Duff has completed his move to Fulham, for an undisclosed fee after signing a three-year deal at Craven Cottage.
Damien Duff – moves to Fulham
The Ireland winger signed for Newcastle from Chelsea in the summer of 2006, and has scored 6 times for Newcastle in 86 appearances.
His last goal came during the 1-1 draw at West Brom on the opening day of the Championship season on August 8th, and we expect the fee to have been somewhere between £4M and £5M.
We paid Chelsea £5M for the player 3 years ago.
Duff was earning more than £60K a week at Newcastle, and his departure will bring the current wage bill at the club down to £48M a year, from £74M in May.
We would have preferred to have kept Damien on Tyneside, and it could be that Alan Shearer will be the new manager before this Saturday, but too late for Damien to stay now.
We think Duff would have stayed on Tyneside if Alan had been appointed manager sooner.
We wish Damien lots of success at Fulham, and he always did his best while on Tyneside, and was a model professional.