We’re in the silly season and it’s hard to know which stories are true about Newcastle’s interest in players – but what’s new?
18 year-old Jack Wilshere – not coming to Newcastle
It’s clear that Chris Hughton is looking for loan players and free agents, and it now seems he was told that little or no money would be available for transfer fees a few weeks ago, and as usual he is bunkering down to get the job done in the summer for Newcastle.
The News Of The World is today reporting that Newcastle are interested in 20 year-old Tom Cleverley of Manchester United and Arsenal’s young 18 year-old Jack Wilshere.
We have to think that Chris is indeed interested in Tom Cleverley and even Danny Welbeck of the Red Devils, but he has already said he is not interested in Jack Wilshere.
And some new news today that Jack Wilshere has told friends he would be happy to return to the Bolton club for next season, where he looked good and made 18 appearances for Bolton this year.
But Chris Hughton has aready stated he is not interested in Wilshere and yes – we hate to spoil things with actual facts – but this is what Chris told the local Evening Chronicle about a week ago
“Jack is a very good young player at Arsenal and we are aware of that, but no he is not somebody I am looking at.”
Newcastle need one creative midfielder brought in via a free agent or a loan signing this summer, and news today they may again go after Juventus’ 30 year-old Danish International play-maker Christian Poulson, and we think that would be a great loan signing.
And in looking at our records we were supposedly interested in this same player 18 months ago, just before the January 2009 transfer window.
As for Manchester United prospect Cleverley, who hit 11 goals in 35 appearances on loan at Watford last season, and is recovering from a knee ligament injury, he would be an excellent season-long loan signing.
With Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate gone we need at least one good winger in this summer to share the duties with Gutierrez and Routledge next season, and Tom could be that man, and would get plenty of playing time at Newcastle.
So Tom Cleverley yes – but Jack Wilshere will not be arriving on Tyneside this summer.
However, just watch the number of stories that maintain that Newcastle are still interested in Jack Wilshere.