News today that West Brom have put in a bid of £2.5M for West Ham midfielder Jack Collison, and Newcastle are reported to be interested in the player.
Jack Collison – Newcastle linked with 22 year-old
The 22 year-old can play in the center of midfield or out wide, and new contract talks seem to have stalled with the Hammers.
The 6′ tall midfielder is yet to sign a new deal, and that’s after a full two weeks of negotiations, and WBA manager Roy Hodgson was first in with a bid, with Newcastle, Stoke and Everton also said to be clubs interested in the talented youngster.
The Welsh International (8 caps) had this to say yesterday:
“It’s flattering but I’m in negotiations over a contract at the moment. Let’s see how that goes.”
Collison is on around £4K a week but still has two years left on his current deal, and the news is that Roy Hodgson is willing to treble Collison’s wages.
The product of the famous West Ham Youth Academy returned from a serious knee injury at the end of last season, but new manager Sam Allardyce is said to want to keep Jack at West Ham, as a partner to former Newcatsle United captain Kevin Nolan in central midfield.
Collison was born in Watford and joined West Ham as a 16 year-old back in 2005, following stints with Peterborough United and Cambridge United.
He currently has 52 appearances for the Hammers with a couple of goals.
We do expect Newcastle to bring is some youngsters this summer, who can then fight for their first team places, but it’s difficult to know if Newcastle are really interested in this 22 year-old.
What do you think?