The breaking news from the Daily Mail is that Adrian Mariappa has turned down a move to Wigan Athletic.
Adrian Mariappa - has turned down move to Wigan
The rumor was that a fee had been agreed between Wigan Athletic and Watford, and that the Lancashire club had outbid Newcastle for the player, and could have been closer to the £4M Watford want for their defender.
But Adrian has turned down the chance to join Wigan, so that the Latics couldn’t even get to talk wages with the player.
This puts Newcastle back in the picture so we’ll see if Newcastle will increase their bid, but we doubt they will, and it’s probably up to Watford to accept Newcastle’s last bid, or just keep their player.
The news coming through is that Adrian wants to join Newcastle, but of course a fee needs to be agreed with Watford first.
And news just coming through is that defender James Tavernier has followed Alan Smith to MK Dons on loan for the rest of the season.
That’s good for James, and he will be all set next seaosn to challenge for the frst team at Newcastle after going out on loan to Gateshead, Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday and now MK Dons.
James has 43 appearances out on loan since he joined Gateshead last January.