It’s a sign of how low Newcastle United have sunk that Wigan Athletic, better known for Rugby League than football, and with crowds averaging around 19,000, can beat Newcastle to a rising young star.
Victor Moses – Newcastle lose out
But that’s what has happened as Wigan came in yesterday with a £2.5M bid for the Victor Moses, and that’s a bid the administrators couldn’t turn down, and in fact were hoping for.
Moses is said to be holding talks this morning with one of two top-flight clubs (not Newcastle) who met Palace’s administrators’ asking price of £2.5M.
The 19-year-old striker was keen to join Newcastle, but the club were unable (make that unwilling), to bid the £2.5M required.
After yesterday’s game maybe the club should think again – as the level of creativity shown by Newcastle was close to zero yesterday, and completely frustrated their loyal fans around the world.
Chris Hughton is now back to trying to bring in Everton striker James Vaughan on loan, and again we need somebody who can put the ball in the net.
Moses’ agent Tony Finnigan told the Sunday Sun:
“I’ve been given permission by Palace’s administrators to speak to two clubs in the Premier League.”
“I will be going with Victor to speak to one of them in the next 24 hours.”
Palace manager Neil Warnock, whose team had a good win against Peterborough yesterday 2-0 following a terrible week for the club, has also confirmed that Moses is bound for the top flight:
“I think it’s done, Victor is going to the Premier League,”
“I think £2.5 million is a snip for one of the best young players we’ve got.”
He’s right about the £2.5M – a pittance for what this boy could be worth in a few years time. A great investment for any club.
The transfer window closes at 5pm on Monday, and we would hope that Newcastle bring in two players – a striker and a central midfield play-maker, although with Barton coming back we not need the midfielder.
The flat performance yesterday showed that we shouldn’t get too carried away with our present side, and without significant reinforcements in the summer this team will struggle in the Premier League – should we get there come May – which is not a sure thing.
We could start that building by capturing 19 year-old Moses, who is said to be keen to join Newcastle.