There is a report that Newcastle United are interested in England and Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson.
Glenn Johnson – would Newcastle pay £10M for this player?
The report is in footballfriendsonline and no source is indicated, so this story could be just a little bit untrue.
With Danny Simpson still refusing to sign his new contract, Newcastle will probably be linked with a number of right backs.
The former West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth defender turns 28 in August so he is three years older than Danny Simpson, and it would be unusual for Newcastle to go after an older player, although not impossible.
Young Martin Kelly looks a really good player at Liverpool, and seems the obvious long term deal at right back, and the England U21 International has looked very good in Liverpool colors recently.
That may see Kenny Dalglish ready to sell Johnson in the summer. and if Danny Simpson does leave, then Glenn would be a decent replacement, although he’s better on attack than on defense.
25-year-old Simpson will not be allowed to run down his contract in the next 16 months or so on Tyneside, and if he doesn’t sign a new deal by the summer he’ll be sold.
It’s all a little confusing because when Danny is interviewed, he always says it’s great at Newcastle and all the right stuff, while still refusing to sign a new contract.
The fee quoted for Johnson is £10M, so forget about Newcastle paying that for a 28 year-old – there will be good players for about 20% of that fee that Chief Scout Graham Carr and his staff can find on the continent.
The £10M fee mentioned puts great doubt on the story, so we’d be very surprised if Newcastle would spend £10M on Johnson, who’s a decent full back but not worth that money.
Graham Carr and the scouting staff – it’s over to you.
What do you think?