It turns out that contract negotiations with some of Newcastle’s top players do not seem to be leading to any solutions anytime soon.
Fabricio Coloccini – contract difficulties?
Alan Pardew will hardly want to lose any more of his players since losing Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton in the first nine months he was at the club, and of course he didn’t want to lose any of them.
Alan has been working hard with Managing Director Derek LLambias to try to reach some agreements with both his captain Fabricio Coloccini and right full-back Danny Simpson.
Both their contracts run out in the summer of 2013, but Newcastle want to sign these players up as soon as possible.
If they cannot get deals signed soon, then rather than let them become free agents in eighteen months time, they will likely want to sell them this summer, at the latest.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“As a manager I want my captain to be secured, they all seem to rumble on at this football club,” “Hopefully we can strike a deal with the three we’re talking to.”
“I’d like to keep all the players here because they are doing terrific, but with success comes high expectations from the players and agents and we have to cope with that.”
It’s obvious that some of Newcastle’s excellent performances this season, especially in defense, will have attracted some clubs to the Newcastle players, and it could be that some tapping up may be going on.
That’s where clubs are letting the agents know how much they would pay them at a particular club, and that’s not legal and I’m not even saying it’s going on, but the way agents work these days, that has to be a possibility.
And that will hardly be helpful to Newcastle.
Two other players who become free agents as early next summer are Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie, and both will be able to speak to other clubs about contracts very soon, if they don’t sign new deals soon.
Peter has said he doesn’t want to sign a new deal on Tyneside, and rather than sell him for nothing next summer, Newcastle may want to try to get something for him this January.
Alan Pardew has also made it clear that if Danny Simpson doesn’t sign a new deal soon, he could be sold, and as early as next month, with Aston Villa having beeing an admirer of the former Manchester United full-back.
This is not good news for fans to be getting right now, and losing four of your very best players in eight months is enough for the Newcastle manager – surely?
We have to hope that both Simpson and Coloccini sign their deals soon, but Alan Pardew is obviously now worried he could lose them, when he is talking about it openly.
Let’s hope Newcastle fans are not in for a rude awakening next month in the January transfer window, especially when the lads have done so well so far this season.
What do you think?