With Wayne Routledge shipped out on loan to his former club QPR yesterday, there is talk about who will come in to replace the winger at Newcastle.
Shaun Wright-Phillips – Newcastle interested
We had put one or two players down we thought Newcastle could be after (or was it 100?), and there’s news today, which at least seems true, that Newcastle are after Shaun Wright-Phillips of Manchester City.
Wright-Phillips’ agent has confirmed that Newcastle have expressed an interests in the 29 year-old England International, and in an interesting twist, the agent has said that money will not prevent his client from moving to St. James’ Park.
Newcastle have already said to have made inquiries about both Wright-Phillips and also Birmingham’s Seb Larsson, but reports today suggest Newcastle have gone no further than that for either player.
As we’ve pointed out before, Manchester City really need a big clear-out of some of their players on high wages, in order to be able to balance their books, and meet the new Financial Fair Play rules that UEFA will introduce next season.
Loans are OK for this season, but the Eastland’s club will need to sell some of their players in the summer, and would of course like to sell some of them now, if they can.
Apparently Shaun Wright-Phillips is on a massive £60K/week at Eastlands, and that might pose a problem for Newcastle, since they themselves have to ensure they can balance their books next season too, with players’ wages being the biggest expenditure at any club.
Wright-Phillips agent, Wayne Lindsay, is hoping Newcastle will not be put off by his client’s wages:
“I can confirm that Newcastle United are definitely an option that he does have,” “At the moment, they’re one of four options and it’s really down to the player himself which club he decides to go to.”
“I know what is being said, but I don’t see wages being a stumbling block if he goes to Newcastle. He’s really just assessing what his opportunities and options are and it’ll be a decision taken for football reasons.”
“Clearly it is well documented what his current situation (on the fringes of the Manchester City squad) is. The next move may well be a permanent one so it is important what he decides to do. There isn’t really a timeline as such – it just needs to be done before the end of January.”
It seems fairly simple then if Shaun has four options – and if he doesn’t decide to come to Newcastle, the Tyneside club should look elsewhere.
What Darren Bent has proved in the last two days, is that you don’t want players at the club who are just there for the money – otherwise they will leave when the first better offer comes in – as seems to have happened to Darren.
It was only a month ago Bent was waxing lyrical about the Sunderland club, and we heard him say the same things on Sky Sports yesterday – but this time it was about Aston Villa, who have overpaid for him, which tells you how concerned they are about their PL survival.
Bent is only now at Aston Villa because of the huge wages he’s getting, so let’s not be naive about that, and Darren left Sunderland in the lurch, and manager Steve Bruce had every right to blast the player last night – and good for Steve.
Newcastle must only go after players who really want to play at Newcastle, and even take a pay cut – to do just that.
Otherwise the club shouldn’t even be trying to sign them.
If Shaun decides to go somewhere else, that’s fine – it’s really up to the player himself in this case – even if Newcastle can meet his high wage demands, which would seem unlikely.
But we’ll see, miracles do happen, and in football too.
One last thing, Shaun is a good player and he’s also an emotional player, who would be lifted by the passionate Newcastle crowd, so he may even favor a move to Tyneside – we’ll know soon enough.
Howay The Lads!!