There is a report in the News Of The World this morning that Newcastle and Middlesbrough are set to do battle this week to sign Rangers striker Kris Boyd.
Kris Boyd – are Newcastle to enter into negotiations this week?
The Scottish International, whom Chris Hughton has already said doesn’t interest the Newcastle club, will become a free agent on Thursday, 1st July, after his contract runs out with Rangers.
The NOTW is reporting that talks are due to start with Boyd this week, as we know it’s true the 26 year-old prolific striker has decided to leave the Glasgow Rangers club he’s been at for the last 5 years.
It’s being reported that Boyd wants £1M a year in wages, and Newcastle could meet those demands, if indeed this story is true.
Newcastle are said in the same report to have limited their wages to a maximum of £35K a week on any new deals at the club – that’s around £1.8M a year (boy it would be a real struggle to live on that), both for existing players and for new players coming in – but again we don’t know if this is factual.
This may well be an old regurgitated story in the NOTW, or indeed the action may have picked up, as the last day of Boyd’s contract at Rangers is this coming Wednesday, June 30th.
It’s been well documented that the Scottish International would love to join the Newcastle United club – and Kris is said to have supported the Magpies as a boy, when the “Entertainers” were managed by the great Kevin Keegan.
Kris has scored a prolific 128 goals in 192 appearances for Rangers, but is completely unproven in the English Premier League, which is the world’s top football league right now.
Probably the best way to find out if this story is really true – is to see what Chris Hughton says about this story either today or tomorrow – we must say we have out doubts.