A report in the Journal today saying that Rangers striker Kris Boyd, who is a free agent at the end of June, would like to come to Newcastle, but there’s nothing in the report that justifies that.
Kris Boyd – are Newcastle interested?
No quotes from the 16 year-old or anything like that so we have to assume now that Birmingham City are out of the race – of the remaining clubs supposedly interested in the player – Newcastle, Blackburn, Wolverhampton and Turkish clubs Kayserispor, Ankaragücü and Bursaspor – his preference is assumed to be Newcastle.
If that’s true it wouldn’t surprise us, but surely if Newcastle were interested in this player, some move would have been made for him by now?
The only comment Hughton has made about the player was to say to the Journal a week or two ago he no interest in the player – but he also said that about Arsneal’s young Jack Wilshere – but came out later and said that Jack was the type of player he would like to sign on loan for Newcastle.
Kayserispor coach Shota Arveladze is already talking to Boyd and trying to persuade him his future is in Turkey.
Apparently Arveladze talked to Kris by phone last week and hopes to have a face-to-face meeting with the player as a follow-up:
“I have had conversations with Kris and we will talk some more.”
“I am hopeful he will decide to come here, but I know he has other options. I want him to join me. I have made this a priority and hope the personal touch I have added to the move will work in my favor.”
“Some coaches prefer to let the club president do the talking, but I think the coach should always speak to the player and outline plans.”
With the Sunday Sun reporting yesterday that the Newcastle Board clarified the situation to reporters that no new capital outlay indeed meant that no cash would be available for transfers – then free agents and loan signings are the way to go for Hughton this summer.
Kris Boyd would look to be an attractive player to a club with little money to spend – but if Chris doesn’t go after him we have to believe he already has another striker he is looking to bring into the club.
We just don’t know who that is.
And with Chris Hughton off on holiday, nothing seems imminent at Newcastle, as far as the transfer market is concerned – unfortunately.