We’ve looked over the lists of free agents available this summer, and there are not too many who are under 25 years of age.
Hamit Altintop – Newcastle unlikely to be interested
One of them is Cardiff City’s 23 year-old Joe Ledley, who will probably be leaving Cardiff after they failed again to get promoted to the Premiership.
And we’ve been well aware for some time that Bayern Munich midfielder Hamit Altintop becomes a free agent this summer.
The News Of The World first reported a Newcastle interest in the Turkish midfielder in early May, and recently the Guardian has regurgitated that story.
But there are at least a couple of reasons we don’t think Newcastle will be interested.
One is that he’s too old – that’s not coming from us, but we keep hearing from Hughton that he wants young players coming into Newcastle, who can still improve.
The other reason we think Altintop is a non-starter at Newcastle is that his wage demands are probably too high for a Tyneside club that still needs to get their wage bill under better control.
Gone are the days when Newcastle were a soft touch for players past their best – like Patrick Kluivert – who we signed as a free agent in July, 2004 and paid him ridiculous wages for a season.
The 27-year-old Bayern midfielder (he’s not 28 as has been reported) is available on a free transfer, but it seems like Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also interested in the versatile Turkish international – which is another reason that Harry will let Jamie O’Hara leave the London club in the summer.
We think there’s no chance at all that Hamit will be arriving on Tyneside this summer, although he’s a very good player, but he just doesn’t fit the profile of players Chris Hughton wants.
Anyway, that’s the logic we are using.