The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Danny Guthrie will be leaving Newcastle this summer.
Danny Guthrie – can’t agree terms with Newcastle
Danny has apparently turned down the latest contract offer from Newcastle, and we don’t think Newcastle are prepared to offer too much more, and with Guthrie being a free agent in the summer, he will very likely move on.
Guthrie is looking for better terms for his contract, and he is represented by agent Straun Marshall, but we’ve seen Newcastle hold firm before with players like Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan, and we don’t think that will change with Guthrie.
Aston Villa have been linked with the player for a while now, and Wolves are also said to be interested, and it’s possible those two clubs will offer him improved terms over what Newcastle are offering.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Bolton Wanderers, where he was on loan from Liverpool before signing for Newcastle, could also be interested.
Danny Simpson seems to be in the same position as Guthrie, and both Danny boys have said they would love to stay at Newcastle, but maybe that’s why Newcastle have been linked with so many central midfield players and full backs over the last couple of months.
And Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan also expressed a strong desire to stay at the club, before leaving last summer.
If the news is to be believed, Newcastle have already signed 22 year-old Stade Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano, and they have been strongly linked with 21 year-old Jacob Butterfield of Barnsley, who is also a central midfielder.
Butterfield will be a free agent in the summer, and has already rejected a contract offer from Barnsley, but he is suffering from a serious ACL injury, and will not be able to play for a number of months.
He’s therefore similar to Dan Gosling, who arrived on Tyneside almost two years ago as a free agent from Everton, but with a serious ACL knee injury.
Gosling hasn’t made it on Tyneside, and maybe he wasn’t as good after he recovered from the injury, although that’s hard to judge, and that may make Newcastle a little bit more cautious on Butterfield.
We even think that Gosling will be sold in the summer too, so in the worst case – or the best case – whichever way you want to look at it, we could lose all three in Guthrie, Gosling and Simpson.
But of the three, we think Guthrie and Gosling are the two most likely to leave in the summer.
This kind of thing will happen every summer, as fringe players are moved out and younger and hopefully better players are moved into the squad – and at lower wages too.
That seems to be the way Newcastle are being run these days, and it’s not too bad and should hopefully lead to stronger squads each season, while financially Newcastle remain very strong.
What do you think?