In our earlier article today on free agents, we missed out a few of them, but one in particular was Nigel Reo-Coker of Aston Villa.
Reo-Coker’s contract runs out in the summer, and negotiations with Villa are said to be at an impasse, with no progress being made.
The England U21 International (23 caps, one goal) was at West Ham when Alan Pardew was manager, so Alan will know a lot about this player, who is unlikely to be offered a new contract at Villa, with Gerard Houllier now managing the Midlands club.
Like many former first team players at Aston Villa, the 26-year-old has found first team opportunities difficult to get, and that’s unlikely to change under the new French manager.
Apparently there was some news in January that Aston Villa were willing to offer Reo-Coker to Newcastle, in part exchange plus money, to take Joey Barton to Villa Park.
That would have been a terrible deal for Newcastle, and of course we are still hoping that Joey will commit his future to Newcastle in the summer.
We’re not sure if Croyden-born Reo-Coker would be a good acquisition for Newcastle, but of course he comes at a decent price, and was impressive while at West Ham, but has lost his way big time at Villa Park.
Nigel started his career at Wimbledon back in 1997 as a 13 year-old, and joined West Ham in 2004, before moving to Aston Villa and Martin O’Neill in early July of 2007, for £8.5M on a four year contract.
Reo-Coker has played 102 times for Aston Villa with one goal, he played 120 times at West Ham with 20 goals, and 48 times with 6 goals at Wimbledon.
Alan Pardew is said to be in negotiations with a couple of free agents so maybe his former player at West Ham is one of them.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.