It looks like everything has come to a grinding halt on most things – including the transfer business – until after the Sunderland – Newcastle game tomorrow.
Jay Bothroyd – offered new contract by Cardiff City
The reports that Newcastle were in negotiations with Cardiff City about signing their top striker Jay Bothroyd seem to be true.
But also that if Cardiff are to lose Jay for the rest of the season, they want around £2M for the player, whose contract runs out at the end of June.
Why wouldn’t Newcastle sign Jay up on a pre-contract agreement, and then sign him for nothing in the summer?
That will depend on how Alan Pardew rates the current strikers at Newcastle – although we have enough in quantity at least, in Carroll, Ameobi, Best, Lovenkrands and young Nile Ranger.
The news today is that Newcastle will continue negotiations with Cardiff City on the striker next week, as a source close to the action said today:
“The talks will resume early next week,”
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew didn’t say much at all today about the 28 year-old striker today, but what he did say seems significant:
“The only thing I’d want to say is that Jay is a player I admire. I wouldn’t want to add any more to that.”
If Newcastle are after a player you would expect Alan to be a fan, and he seems a fan of Jay Bothroyd – that’s for sure.
Jay would be a great singing for Newcastle and would be one of the top three strikers at the club, along with Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi, but if Jay does come in, we would expect one of either Peter Lovenkrands or Leon Best to leave in the summer.
And Bothroyd last night has even said he would like to remain at Cardiff, when he said on his twitter account:
“Newcastle is a great club but I’m really happy at Cardiff.”
Whether that’s a hint he wants to stay through the end of the season, we don’t know, but if he does stay and Cardiff City get promoted, then we suppose there’s a chance he could even stay at Cardiff City.
And Cardiff manager Dave Jones said that Jay has only recently been offered a new contract to stay at the Welsh club.
So the deal seems to be precariously positioned right now, and it’s by no means a certainty he will be coming to Newcastle.
But first things first, and we have to hammer Sunderland again tomorrow, and then we’ll pick up the story again on Monday – or tomorrow, since it’s Sunday.
The gossip press may have some ridiculous stories out then – probably that Andy Carroll is going to Chelsea or something like that – if Bothroyd is indeed coming to Newcastle.
If it’s a Sunday – it’s made-up story time.