Well we suppose it was worth a try – but didn’t come off – as West Ham apparently offered Newcastle just £1M for captain Kevin Nolan last week
Kevin Nolan - West Ham Bid £1M for Newcastle captain
The news is in the People today, but with the offer the London club were willing to all but match the wages Nolan is getting at Newcastle – around £50K/week or a bit more.
Newcastle rejected the offer out of hand, and the news being reported last week was that the offer was for £3M.
But West Ham have to realize they are not in the driving seat when it comes to trying to get Premier League class players like Kevin, to take a step down to the Championship.
Newcastle called the offer derisory, but that’s what they called initial offers for Andy Carroll back in January, and then Liverpool of course came in with a massive £35M, and the local striker was gone.
That could happen to Nolan this summer, and we think Newcastle would accept an offer of anything north of around £4M or £5M – but it still seems ridiculous to us they would be willing to lose such a valuable player both on and off the field.
A Newcastle source told the People:
“Players will be expected to honor their contracts and, if sold, it will only be at a price beneficial to Newcastle United.”
That statement to us is more proof that Newcastle are willing to sell both Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton this summer, if they can get the right price for them.
It seems both are on around £60K/week, and maybe Mike Ashley thinks he can get equivalent players in for a lot less wages than that – and apparently Yohan Cabaye is getting £30K/week in his five year deal.
But it’s a very risky business to sell two of your best players, and of course we almost expect Jose Enrique to also leave the club this summer.