The local press were saying that Newcastle were watching Everton goalkeeper John Ruddy, on loan at St. Mirren, on Tuesday evening, when Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was seen at the St. Mirren vs Motherwell game.
Mark Reynolds – Motherwell’s 22 year-old Scottish U21 International
But today the Newcastle Journal says that’s not true and Chris was really watching Scottish Under-21 international center-back Mark Reynolds.
The 22 year-old 5’11” player was born in Motherwell and has played 164 times for his home town club with 4 goals.
He has 8 appearances for the Scotland U21 side, and has played once for the Scotland B team.
Motherwell manager Craig Brown has admitted there has been interest in his player and the lad has already been linked with Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and PSV Eindhoven.
Glasgow Rangers made a bid for the player 19 months ago, and the bid was said to be around £750K.
Motherwell rejected the offer but manager Brown expects the local lad to leave soon:
“I don’t know about the Dutch but I know of interest from England because I’ve spoken to one or two managers who have asked me about him,”
“I can only give him the highest possible praise – he is outstanding. He deserves a successful career at the top level.
“To go to England, the finance is totally different and it would be a good move for him.
“Not a good move for us but it would be a good move for Mark Reynolds and it would be churlish of us not to give him that opportunity if it comes.”
The question we had when we were supposed to be going after John Ruddy was why – because we have Harper, Krul and Forster at the Tyneside club.
So we assumed that would only be true if Chris was going to let one of the goalkeepers go in the summer.
We have a similar question here because we have center-backs Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and young Tamas Kadar already fighting it out for the central defensive positions at Newcastle.
There are continual rumors that Mike Ashley will try to offload the high earning Fabricio Coloccini in the summer.
And if indeed Newcastle are looking to bring in another center-back, that rumor will become intensified.
What do you think?