Newcastle are being linked with Blackburn Rover’s Jason Roberts today.
Jason Roberts – could add some experience to Newcastle strike force
And the player himself has admitted that he might have to leave Ewood Park if he wants to play regular first team football this coming season.
Jason is no doubt very experienced, but at 32 doesn’t fit the profile of players owner Mike Ashley wants to see at Newcastle, but we also need some experience up front, and it could be that Newcastle will offer him a one year contract to a player who has 410 first class appearances and 155 goals in his career.
Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has invited offers for the player, and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is being linked with a move to bring the striker to St James’ Park.
Roberts told Sky Sports yesterday:
“I’ve had four good years at Blackburn and been part of some good sides and played in Europe a few times and really enjoyed it,” “Sometimes you come to the end of a cycle at a club and maybe it’s time for me to move on to a club with maybe some different ideas about where they are going.”
“It was a good season last year to finish inside the top ten. I scored five goals in 15 starts and ended the season strongly.” “I know there’s some interest from several clubs so hopefully something will come about and if not I’m still hungry to play.”
Blackburn are said to be looking for £2M for the London-born player – but they will not get that for a 32 year-old, and West Brom and QPR are also said to be interested.
Jason has played for a host of clubs, including both Bristol clubs, WBA, Portsmouth and Wigan, in addition to Blackburn Rovers.
Maybe a £1M bid would be worth it – but Newcastle will hardly offer him a contract of more than one year.