Nile Ranger became the second Newcastle player to be refused a Visa for the US tour, by the American Embassy yesterday, because of his previous criminal record.
Nile Ranger – would like to stay on Tyneside
Joey Barton was denied a Visa earlier this week, and both players will not now be on the plane to the US on Sunday.
Newcastle will play Sporting Kansas, Orlando City and Columbus Crew in America, but Joey and Nile will now join up with the Reserves tour of Holland, where they will play Hollandia, FC Utrecht and Almere City.
The reason Ranger didn’t get a VISA was because of his three month stay in a young offenders’ home when he was part of an armed robbery back in 2006.
It seems Alan Pardew has now seen enough of Ranger and wants to move him out of Newcastle, and earlier this week Blackpool met the asking price of around £1.5M for the London striker.
But Ranger was unable to agree terms, and it seems the loan deal that was being touted at the time was not true, and Nile is now back in training at Newcastle.
West Ham were possibly interested in the 20 year-old England U19 and U20 International, but no bids have come from Sam Allardyce, at least not yet.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has said they had agreed a deal for Ranger:
“We have had a bid accepted by a club for a Premier League player that is significantly in excess of our previous highest bid, and it is now entirely down to the player and his agent to determine matters so that we can progress.”
The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Nile would really like to stay on Tyneside, and fight for his place, but that may be very difficult.
Nile has always said he loves it at Newcastle, and says the move potentially saved him from a life of crime.
But it’s very hard to stay at a club when they basically say they don’t want you, so we still expect Nile to move out this summer.
However, we still think this lad can make it, and we’d like to see him sent out on loan to a Championship club next season, so he can get regular games, and maybe finally get on the goals trail.
And Alan Pardew can then see how he progresses. and Newcastle would still have the chance of keeping the player, who has skills galore and could still make it on Tyenside.
That’s what we’d like to see, but we don’t think that will happen.
What do you think?