Dan Gosling A Good Footballer And Intelligent Too

Nothing comes easy to Newcastle, but Dan Gosling has at least chosen Newcastle United over a number of other clubs – but has not yet signed along the dotted line.

Dan Gosling – imagine that shirt as black and white stripes

The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that the Everton club have not yet lodged an appeal over the contract dispute  with their 20 year-old midfielder Gosling, although there were a number of reports yesterday that they had already done that.

Under the Premier League rules the Merseyside club have another ten days to appeal the decision, but it seems as we suggested last night that Newcastle do not want to announce anything until the fee they will pay to the Everton club, if any, is better understood.

There was news late Sunday night in the Mirror that Gosling had finally chosen Newcastle United over a bunch of other clubs, and that he would be signing a four year deal reckoned to be around £25K a week – not bad for a 20 year-old.

Perhaps Newcastle may announce something soon, although Dan will not sign until Everton have lodged their appeal – if they decide to do that.

Gosling is still recovering from an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury (ACL), that he sustained in late March , and those injuries –  that used to end footballers’  careers not too long ago – take at the very least,  six months to heal.

The Newcastle manager is reported o have  assured Dan that he will get every chance in his preferred central midfielder role, although his versatility is yet another plus for the Newcastle club.

However, there is already real competition for central midfield between Smith, Barton, Guthrie and young Haris Vuckic coming through, but competition is of course just great for the team.

Gosling talked to Bolton, West Ham, Sunderland and one other Premier League side before plumping for Newcastle – so it’s a coup for Newcastle United, no doubt about that.

And it’s not often a young lad, just 20 years old, makes the right decision at such a crucial point in his career.

This lad is not only a good footballer but he’s very intelligent too. 😀

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome

24 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 13, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    I do hope this is accurate, Gosling is a cracking little player. Please don’t be press speculation?

  • Stami17

    Jul 13, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed you make me very nervous going about it as if it where a done deal, how does that saying about eggs and chickens go…?

    this has Modric saga written all over it!

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Jul 13, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    i dont understand why the blogs are so certain we’ve got him when there have been NO quotes from club, player or hughton?!? its just snowballed over some media reports on sunday! i hope its true but dont see that its any more a certainty than any of the other rumours floating about at the moment

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 13, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Rich TOON

    I think there is a verbal agreement in place with Gozza, but, until the Toon find out if Everton are going to lodge an appeal, and in turn, how much Gozza would cost if we have to pay for him, then there is nothing official that they can issue.

    Basically, he cannot sign like a pre-contract agreement or anything like that, because if it turns out we have to pay Everton £4m for him, then we simply aint gonna pay it.

    Like Ed says, we have loads of players in the middle of the park, and we dont really need any more, but when there is a possibility of getting someone like Dan on a free, then you cant walk away from that chance.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Stami17 – yes I know – I make myself nervous too – but think this will happen – the question is how much do we pay for Dan.

  • Alan

    Jul 13, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    funny how weve got a “verbal agreement” with him.

    Aint that what everton had?

    soon as a bigger club comes round hell do one

  • Darling27

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    We shouldn’t need to pay anything. It’s Everton’s cock up.

  • Darling27

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    If any one should be paying compensation it’s Everton to Plymouth.

  • MacToon

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    What worries me more is you think Smith will be fighting for a place in mf, imo he’ll be lucky to win a place on the bench!

    As far as Gosling goes, we just have to wait and see.

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Richy yea i know mate but what im not getting is where has this “verbal agreement” been confirmed? i havent seen a single quote from any party over any of it, not even hughton saying that its being sorted or anything, like stami says this STINKS of modric!lol fingers crossed it happens but we need to hear something from someone before printing shirts surely!!!! lol

  • MacToon

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Rich TOON Bristol, well you know how Ashley likes his confidentiality agreements, probably all parties have told to keep it shut until it’s done and dusted……… well hopefully!

  • Milzzy Rascal

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    I said yesterday that the similarities between this and Modric are frightning!! There have been a couple of occasions when we’ve been nailed on to sign someone only to see them disappear somewhere else. Modric AND Aimar were both sat in the Malmaison at one point in their career and neither played for us!!

    Like I said I’ll believe it when the shirt he’s holding is Black and White!

  • Dragonera

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Nothing will be confirmed as it will only help Everton’s appeal if a team is seen to be exploiting an unfortunate incident in order to poach a young, highly rated player. That’s probably why Everton are waiting for NUFC to make the first move before taking legal steps

  • Rich TOON Bristol

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    im still hopin that we’ll get a little burst of signings like in the last window cos things have been way too quiet so far, i am happy about perch tho, think he’ll prove doubters wrong and push hard for the rb slot, just praying we dont hear ” we tried to sign the right players for the right money but it didnt come off but were happy with what we’ve got bla bla bla”
    if we do get gosling we still need a LB striker/no 10 and a pacy DECENT winger imo

  • Dragonera

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyway, he is no Modric. I doubt others will offer what we are, which by the way, is too much for a player yet to prove himself. Ah well, can’t grumble at a free transfer ey

  • geordieal

    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    I read reports some where that he chose Newcastle because we were the only ones who weren’t put off by the fact we may have to pay a fee to everton depending on the appeal, if true, I wonder if there is some kind of agreement with gosling where he may not get as much money if we have to pay a fee.

  • noir9

    Jul 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Everton dropped the ball & hopefully the toon have picked-up a young player with bags of potential. Unless everton can come-up with some proof that they made the new contract offer in writting they don’t have a leg to stand on, the right of appeal is just part of the process & doesn’t mean they grounds to actualy appeal.

  • craigcoozy

    Jul 13, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #18

    is it official that he has chosen newcastle ? because my souces say he aint been to newcastle yet? and certainly not in newcastle now so i recon will be few days at least !

  • boater

    Jul 13, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry – why is he intelligent? You’ve just stuck that on the end with no explanation whatsoever Ed.

    Because he out-manoeuvred the Everton legal dept? Because he won brain of britain? Because he scored 150 in an online IQ test? Because he wants to come to newcastle?

  • cgrizzly87

    Jul 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #20

    @boater – ran out of tampons have we?

  • Graham

    Jul 13, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Surely his agreement will be if the appeal is unsucessful then your getting 25 k a week. If not and we have to pay 4 million in compensation then we will only pay you 15 K a week.
    That way they go half and half on his comp…

  • lesh

    Jul 13, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Rather than run the risks associated with a ‘verbal agreement, surely a conditional pre-contract should provide us with a degree of comfort that not walk away?

  • Will

    Jul 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #23

    @cgrizzly87 – i lol’d so much there, ppl really do wake up stroppy nowadays don’t they? and vent they’re frustrations on a PC lmao.

    I really like gosling and hope we get him!

  • boater

    Jul 13, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh no the benwell school leavers are out in force again.

    @cgrizzly87 – such a good reposte you dashing young sage of the satirical vernacular you.

    @Will – ‘I lol’d so much there’. At a tampon quip!? I seriously hope for your sake you are no older than 12. I really do mate.


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