There is a report out today that both Leeds United and Newcastle United have been in contact with Bolton Wanderers in an effort to sign central defender Andy O’Brien.
Andy O’Brien – Bolton defender attracting interest
The Daily Mail is claiming that both clubs want O’Brien from the Reebok Stadium, to add some experience to their ranks for next season.
Andy will turn 31 at the end of this month but we have to think this is a regurgitated story.
There has been talk in the papers since December that Newcastle may be interested in Andy, who of course played at Newcastle from 2001, for Bobby Robson and stayed for 4 years at Newcastle, and only left when Graeme Souness had taken over as manager of the club.
But O’Brien is still under contract at Bolton and The mail is saying it will take £1M to sign him, but Newcastle may not have that money and Andy just doesn’t fit the profile of players Chris Hughton, by his own admission, is after in the summer.
Chris has often said he wants players under around 25 years of age, who can still improve.
What could make sense is for Newcastle to sign the player on loan for a season, and at the same time send young Hungarian Tamas Kadar out for a loan spell at some Championship club.
But we’d be very surprised if Andy ends up on Tyneside, although he’s a good player and always gives 100%.