Our opponents on Monday night, Sheffield United are desperately trying to keep their promising center-back Matthew Kilgallon at the club, but his contract runs out in the summer, and he has so far refused to sign a new deal with the Blades.
Matthew Kilgallon – does he want to come to Newcastle?
The Blades have offered the player a £1M a year deal, but Matthew is unsure and may want to try his luck elsewhere, and he would be a bargain in January, given that the Blades may want to sell then and not lose him in the summer as he will become a free agent.
Newcastle tried to sign Kilgallon in the summer, but failed at the last minute, but it seems that the player is well aware of Newcastle’s interest and may want to come to Tyneside – most players seem to be interested when Newcastle go after them.
Other clubs said to be interested in the player include Middlesbrough, Celtic, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic. A source close to Kilgallon told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Matt was aware of Newcastle’s interest in August.” “He sees them as a big club and can see himself progressing his career at a place like Newcastle.”
“Given his success at Sheffield United, though, he feels it is only fair to assess each different potential move on its own individual merits.”
He feels that with Premier League interest there as well, it would only be fair to consider every option.”
“A lot of it depends on how the season pans out, because by January it will there for everybody to see if Newcastle are on course for the Premier League again.”
Newcastle get lambasted by the media – almost every day – but as far as the players are concerned, they seem just delighted if Newcastle are interested in them.
You just have to listen to the comments of Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan, when they arrived in January – to understand that.
After all, playing in front of 52,000 screaming Geordies has to be an inspiration – and we’re even getting in the mid 40,000s these days at the Cathedral on the Hill.
If Kilgallon leaves Sheffield United, his former club Leeds United would be entitled to a 20% cut of the fee. Kilgallon signed for the Blades for £1.75M in 2007 with the fee eventually rising to £2M, because of his first team appearances.
It seems the 25 year-old 6’2″ defender would be a good acquisition for the club, and it would be better to try to get the player in January, because if we do get promoted the fees asked of Newcastle for any player will no doubt increase.
Far better try to build the squad in January as much as we can – and then add 4-5 players in the summer, should we make it back to the Premier League.
Matthew has played 111 times for Sheffield United with 4 goals, and he played 92 times for Leeds United with 3 gaols, and 4 times for West Ham while on loan there in the 2003-2004 season.
He played 5 times for the England U21 side from 2004-2005.