It seems that Danny Simpson’s wage demands could scuttle his move to Newcastle United in January, although the Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Newcastle and Manchester United still have to agree a fee for the player, who is out of contract in the summer.
Danny Simpson – talks have broken down
While Danny has played well for the team he would still need to improve to be a good Premier League player – but it seems like most of our readers think he can do just that.
94% want Newcastle to sign Danny, so the lad has the fans on his side, and that’s not surprising because Danny has always been committed to the Magpies’ cause and can also play along the back-line.
We also have to think that Ashley is thinking only until until the summer, and wants to get the Newcastle books looking good, so that he can sell the club.
One of the figures that’s important will be the wage bill, which last season was a whopping 74% of the revenue (which was almost£100M).
According to reports, that wage bill is down to around £35M so we are in much better financial shape than we were. But we can also overdo it, by going too far in the opposite direction and being too stingy with the wages.
We hope a deal can be arranged with Danny, who is a good lad, and he just loves the club and the Newcastle area. Since Monday night’s vital game with WBA could be his last, we know the Newcastle fans will give him a great welcome, and hopefully we can get all 3 points from that game to catapult the club forward towards promotion, which is job one this season.
We’ll have a report out on our transfer targets before the weekend is out – but if Ashley ever wants to make up with the fans, which may now be impossible, he must help Chris to strengthen the side in January, and from Chris’ comments this morning he definitely wants Danny at Newcastle permanently.
We hope that will happen for both Danny and the Newcastle club’s benefit.