Any chance of keeping 20 year-old Nile Ranger on Tyneside seem to have disappeared today, with Blackpool about to announce the signing of the Newcastle United youngster.
Nile Ranger – off to Blackpool?
Ever since manager Ian Holloway saw the youngster plat at Bloomfield Road almost two years ago, he liked what he saw.
Nile was signed by Newcastle back in the summer of 2008, and the lad has made 58 appearances for the Magpies with 3 goals, and earlier this summer he was surprisingly put up for offer.
He was brought to Newcastle by then Director of Football Dennis Wise in July of 2008, after Southampton released him, and even last season he looked to have a future on Tyneside, as he signed a five year deal last Ocotber.
Nile has played for the England U19 and U20 sides, but it seems his almost three years on Tyneside is about to come to an end.
Alan Pardew had criticized the youngsters time-keeping and the efforts he put in during training, and it would appear Pardew didn’t think he had the drive and professionalism to make it in the football world – at least not at Newcastle.
We will see how he does at Blackpool, because the lad certainly has the skills to succeed, and we would have preferred that he be sent out on loan for a year to see how he did.
But a permanent deal seems to be in the offing.