It’s a rumor that will not go away, and now Danny Simpson has confirmed he will be leaving Newcastle, either in January or next summer.
Danny Simpson – on his way in January?
Danny signed a contract in January of 2010, when Newcastle were still in the English second division, and his wages are fairly low, and although there were stories that Newcastle had offered him a new five year deal, nothing has been signed.
And Danny doesn’t think he will get any new deal past the 18 months he has left on his current deal, so if that is the case, we could see Newcastle sell Danny in January, since they will not want to lose him for nothing in the summer of 2013.
Newcastle paid around £500K for Simpson from Manchester United, and he could bring as much as £3M in the transfer market, which would be a tidy profit for Newcastle.
Aston Villa were said to be interested in the player in August, but the deal apparently fell through, and we think Davide Santon could well come in against Wigan on Saturday at right back, and Danny moved to the bench.
Simpson said this today:
“There is a chance in the future that I will be moving, whether in the transfer window or in the summer.” “I have 18 months left on my contract and I don’t think it will go past that.”
Simpson didn’t get a good deal in January, 2010 and he’s on around £10K/week, which is fairly low on the totem pole, even under owner Mike Ashley.
Newcastle have lined up Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga as a potential transfer for £7M very early in January, but now if Simpson is on his way, we wonder if Newcastle will try to bring in Erik Pieters of PSV or another left back.
Newcastle were close to getting Pieters on Tyneside during the summer, and we wonder if Newcastle have continued their negotiations with PSV to try to get the player to Newcastle in January.
That would potentially give Newcastle a full back partnership of Santon on the right and Pieters on the left, and we also have Ryan Taylor, Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier as back-ups, although Ryan Taylor has kept his place at left-back with some solid performances this season.
So it could be that Newcastle bring in a striker and left back in January, and since Newcastle are a little light at center-back, it would also be good if Newcastle can bring in a center-back in January so that Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and the new center-back can fight it out for the two starting center-back positions.
We’d like to see three players brought in during January and with this news that Simpson, who can also play canter-back, may be leaving, that could happen.
What do you think?