News in the Journal today that Newcastle may be after Motherwell defender Mark Reynolds.
Mark Reynolds – Motherwell’s 22 year-old Scottish U21 International
This is not the first time we’ve been linked with the 22 year old Scot, and he has confirmed that he could be playing his last game tonight for the Motherwell side against Hibs.
Motherwell manager Craig Brown has admitted there has been interest in his player over the last year or so, and the lad has already been linked with Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and PSV Eindhoven.
Indeed Glasgow Rangers made a bid for the player 21 months ago, and the bid was said to be around £750K.
Reynolds has been watched several times by Newcastle scouts this season, although the player has refused to reveal his likely destination.
But it could be that a move is very close as Mark said today:
“It’s out of my hands. I have a year left at Motherwell and we need to see what happens in the summer. If someone comes in, it would be something I’d have to consider.”
“I have played four years at Motherwell and been involved in practically every game in that period. That’s 170-odd games and two European campaigns.”
“There is not much left to do. That’s no disrespect to the club, but as a player you always want to go and test yourself at the highest level. For me, that point might come this summer.”
“Next year, I will be 24 and the club wouldn’t receive any compensation for me if I was to move then. If the club want to cash in, as it were, and get the money for bringing me through then the summer would be the optimum time to do that.”
The 5’11” player was born in Motherwell and has played 164 times for his home town club with 5 goals – ands he turns 23 this Friday.
He has 8 appearances for the Scotland U21 side, and has played once for the Scotland B team.
He’s the type of player we expect Newcastle to sign this summer, being young with big improvement still possible, and fairly cheap in the transfer market.
But it would be a bit of a surprise if we bring in another central defender with Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Tamas Kadar already at the club.