Newcastle United have said today that Kevin Nolan is not returning to the Reebok Stadium.
Kevin Nolan – lighten up – you’re not going back to Bolton – honest
But Chris Hughton expects a very busy day in the transfer market next Tuesday, the day after we have added another 3 points to our league total against Leicester City – hopefully.
And it seems the prospect of Gareth Bale coming to Tyneside from Tottenham Hotspur on loan would depend on how much Newcastle would be willing to supplement his £45K/week wages.
The Evening Chronicle today is reporting that a return to Bolton Wanderers for Nolan, who has scored 2 goals in two games for the Magpies, looks extremely unlikely despite under-pressure Gary Megson’s hopes of getting him back on loan.
Nolan’s agent Mark Curtis said today:
“Kevin’s happy at Newcastle and wants to help them get back into the Premier League.”
And Hughton is also hoping he can keep Kevin on Tyneside, with Nolan captaining the side in the second half last night.
Chris was asked if he thought Nolan would stay this season:
“I would be very, very hopeful of that.” “Come Tuesday at 5:00 pm we are looking to have a squad that is able to compete.” “I suppose you look at the squad today and you think if you get a couple of injuries it will test the squad even more so.”
“But everybody is braced for a hectic day on Tuesday – some more than others.” “It will also settle the players down as well.”
“Some will have had their names bandied around or there is speculation whether they are staying or going, but come 5pm on Tuesday, we’ll know whatever group of lads are in there are the ones who are fighting to get out of this division.”
Hughton is trying to keep Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini at the club, and both players were rested last night. And of course we had to read into that they may be on their way – but not so.
“I can tell you 100% there is nothing to read into that.”
And late news from Spain today that Racing Santander are keen on taking Xisco on loan, with the striker also left out last night.
We think Xisco has no future on Tyneside, not at £ 50K/week for sure, with Carroll, Ameobi and Ranger all preferred to the Spanish U21 International, and another striker soon likely to be drafted in.
It would be best for Xisco to get regular football elsewhere, but just how much Racing Santandar are willing to pay of his rather high wages is a good question.