The Daily Mirror is reporting that Danny Guthrie could be going to Aston Villa for £6M in January.
Danny Guthrie – Aston Villa target this January?
Aston Villa were linked with Guthrie only last week, and since he is available for free in the summer, that price seems fairly high, especially when Newcastle bought him for just around £2.5M from Liverpool in the summer of 2008.
But Danny has played the last six games for Newcastle and has been in excellent form deputizing for Cheick Tiote, but we would have thought that Newcastle would offer the 24 year-old a new deal, but of course if the club don’t offer him a new contract there’s nothing much Danny can do about that.
Only yesterday Alan Pardew was saying how well the lad has played recently, although he is now ruled out with a groin strain from four to six weeks, so if this report is true, he could have played his last game for Newcastle.
But Pardew talked about having Danny back again before mid-January, so he could again deputize for Cheick Tiote, when Cheick will be off the the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.
Aston Villa have not done well since Alex McLeish arrived last summer, and if their last game at home to Manchester United is anything to go by, the Scot has them playing the same way as he had Birmingham City playing – very defensive, although Villa have much better players.
With former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas having returned to Tottenham earlier this week, with a season ending injury to his foot and about to undergo surgery, Alex is on the lookout for a central midfielder to replace him.
Danny Guthrie is a squad player at Newcastle and if Villa are willing to pay that amount of money for Guthrie, whose contract runs out next summer, Newcastle could well take the money and bring in another central midfield player next month for much less money.
We have no idea if this report is true, but we find it hard to believe that any club would bid £6M for Danny with only six months left on his contract at Newcastle.
But there again Liverpool paid £35M for Andy Carroll in cool cash last January, so anything is possible.
We hope Danny gets a new deal to stay at Newcastle.
What do you think?