News today in the local Newcastle sports media that the Magpies are after Watford striker Danny Graham.
Danny Graham – would prefer to join Newcastle
This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with the player who was born in Gateshead, and scored 27 goals in 49 appearances for Watford last season.
Of course that was in the Championship and the Premier League is so much higher in class, and more difficult to score goals in than England’s second division.
So our first and most important question is whether this lad is good enough to play for Newcastle?
Of course Danny is a Newcastle fan – what else – and he would love to play for his home-town team, but newly promoted QPR are also in for the player and may be ahead of Newcastle in their quest for the 6’1″ striker.
QPR and West Brom have already had £2.5M bids for the 25-year-old turned down by Watford, and the news is that QPR are ready to pay Graham around £24K/week in wages – which is close to £1M/year..
Apparently Newcatsle are not willing to match those wages, and therefore QPR are in prime position to sign the Geordie striker.
A source close to the player said:
“Newcastle is Danny’s preferred choice as he is a fan and if they can get a bit closer in wages then he would rather go there than QPR.”
“His agent is delaying giving QPR an answer until Newcastle come back to them.”
If Danny agrees to come to Newcastle for less wages than he could get at QPR, that would be a good sign, but there have to be questions about just how good he would be in the Premier League.
Danny joined Middlesbrough back in 2003, and was sent out on loan to a number of clubs before signing on at Carlisle United in 2007.
He joined Watford two years later on a free transfer, and in 98 games for Watford he has 37 goals.
If Newcastle did sign the local lad, they would be taking a risk, as they took with James Perch, another player bought from a Championship club.
What do you think?