It seems that Nottingham Forest are keen on getting Newcastle’s Danny Guthrie on loan for the rest of the season.
Danny Guthrie – oh no – they’re sending me to Nottingham Forest!
There was news a few weeks ago that Danny was to have a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, but that was said to be not true by manager Alan Pardew, at the time.
The news today is reported in the Mirror, but that was the paper who reported yesterday they had inside information that an Indian Billionaire, conveniently unnamed, was about to buy Newcastle for £200M.
But why would Mike Ashley sell for £200M when he’s invested around £250M in the club?
Next time they come up with a story like that, they should make it a bit more credible – £250M would have been a more believable amount, because Ashley isn’t daft enough – at least in financial terms – to take a loss on Newcastle, when the club seem on their way back to better times.
Roll on next Sunday.
But maybe the Mirror will be a little more accurate with this story about Guthrie.
Certainly 23 year-old Guthrie has not come through too much this season on Tyneside, but it was the latter end of last season that Danny looked so good, and he could do the same again this time around, if he gets a chance of course.
Surely we are still a little short on numbers in the Newcastle squad to let Danny go out on loan, since we’ve already allowed Wayne Routledge to return to QPR for the rest of the season and we have Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa maybe out for the season.
We suppose Pardew could allow Danny to join Forest with the proviso that he could be brought back immediately, if Newcastle have some injury problems.
Apparently Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was looking to take Leicester midfielder Matt Oakley on loan, but that deal has now fallen through, and he’s turned back to Guthrie.
Nottingham Forest are currently sixth in the Championship on 61 points, so they are in a play-off position – just – but of course the team that finished in the last play-off postilion last season – Blackpool – eventually got promoted.
Blackpool finished a full 32 points behind Newcastle in the Championship table last season.
We’re sure that Danny Guthrie would do well at Forest, and certainly help them in their promotion bid this seaosn, but we don’t want to leave our squad too depleted, since it’s not exactly the biggest squad in the Premier League.
The 23 year-old former Liverpool player has played 81 times for Newcastle, with 7 goals since signing in August of 2008, and has made 135 first class appearances so far in his career with 8 goals.