Former Newcastle target Barry Ferguson is one of the Birmingham players who are looking for a new club since The Blues were relegated last season.
Barry Ferguson – too old at 33
Some of the Birmingham players will need to leave the club, so the wage bill can be brought under control.
And former Newcastle manager and new Birmingham City manager, Chris Hughton, has made it very clear, that if a player doesn’t want to stay and fight for promotion in the second city – they should leave.
Apparently there are reports this morning that Barry asked his agent to contact Newcastle, to see if they would be interested.
But the response was obvious and quick, that at 33 years old the Scot was just too old, and does not match the type of player Newcastle are looking for these days. May be Freddy Shepherd was still at the club the response would have been different.
The type Newcastle are after are young players who can be brought to the club at a fairly low transfer fee, and can then be coached to reach their potential on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew is looking for midfielders who are able to add both energy and mobility to the central midfield – and by that criteria it may even explain why one of Newcastle’s best players and their captain last season – Kevin Nolan – was allowed to leave the club for West Ham this summer.
Newcastle are still pursuing central midfield players, and we expect at least one new player in that position to be brought in before September rolls around.
And then Newcastle will try to unload 28 year-old Joey Barton, so they can get something for him this summer, which they will not be able to do next summer, when the Liverpudlian’s contract runs out, and he becomes a free agent.
It’s the changing of the guard at Newcastle, and that’s something that has become very clear these last few weeks.
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