News today that Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United are both after Swansea City midfielder Darren Pratley.
Darren Pratley – are Newcastle interested?
The report is in the Daily Mirror and we have no idea if it’s true, but we know Wigan manager Roberto Martinez knows the player well from when he was manager at Swansea.
And in fact it was Roberto who signed the player and made him captain during his time as manager at the Liberty Stadium, and this is not the first time Newcastle have been reported to be after the midfielder, and we were last linked with the 25 year-old in April, when a summer move was possible.
The transfer price for the central midfielder is said to be up around £4M, but that seems high for a player who has not been tested at the top flight of English football, and may be a high risk for that kind of money.
The 6’1″ midfielder has been at Swansea City since 2006, when he was signed from Fulham for £100K, and has played for the Welsh side 147 times with 19 goals.
Darren started his career at Fulham in 2003, and played on loan at Brentford for a couple of seasons from 2005 through 2006, and appeared 54 times for Brentford scoring 5 goals, during his two loan spells.
Newcastle may be interested in this player but we like Wolves’ midfielder David Jones, and if he doesn’t sign a new contract at the Molineux club, he could be available as a free agent in the summer, as his current contract runs out then.
And David has looked very impressive for Wolves this season in the Premier League.