There is news in the Sunday Mirror today, that Newcastle are attempting to hijack Darron Gibson’s potential £5M move to local rivals Sunderland.
Darron Gibson – Newcastle and Sunderland interested
But if you believe all the news reports about Newcastle in the transfer market these days, the club must be working 26 hours a day on transfer activity alone.
We’re not sure if this report is accurate, and we wonder if Gibson would even be a good buy for Newcastle – at £5M.
If you are talking about home based central midfield players, we’re be more interested in trying to get 24 year-old Craig Gardner from Birmingham, who Sunderland are also said to be after.
The 23 year Londonderry-born Irish International (he opted not to play for Northern Ireland even though he was born there) has been at Manchester United since 2004 when he was 16, and apparently the lad has been given permission to open personal talks with Sunderland.
A Sunderland offer for the player has been accepted by the Red Devils, so if Newcastle are indeed interested in Darron, then presumably they could match the Sunderland offer, and also be allowed to talk to the player over personal terms.
And that’s exactly what the Sunday Mirror is reporting today – that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will match Sunderland’s offer in the next 48 hours, and then attempt to persuade Gibson to join the most famous and successful North East club – Newcastle United.
During his time at the Red Devils, Gibson has been out on loan at Royal Antwerp in Belgium, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and could join his former team mate Danny Simpson on Tyneside.
He has played 115 first team games with 12 goals, and of those he has made 58 appearances for Manchester United and scored 10 goals – and Darron has so far played 16 times for Ireland with one goal.
What do you think?