The saga about whether Danny Simpson will sign a new deal for Newcastle continues.
Danny Simpson – wants to stay on Tyneside?
And Simpson’s plight is starting to rival that of Jose Enrique about the same time last year, and we kept hearing from Jose, but he would never say whether he would sign his new deal or not, and Jose ended up leaving Newcastle for Liverpool last August for around £6M.
Indeed last year Newcastle took in about 45M when we sold Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan, and we were not too happy about any one of those sales at the time.
But life is strange, and those three players are now struggling at their clubs, along with Joey Barton at QPR, and it could be that Joey and Kevin are both in the second division next season.
But with QPR’s good 3-0 win at home against a slumping Swansea last night, when Joey scored a very good goal just before half time, we think QPR will be OK and survive.
But West Ham will probably not get an automatic promotion spot in the Championship, and the play-offs can be dodgy for any side, and of course the West Ham fans are not too happy with the style of football Sam Allardyce has the Hammers playing.
That’s deja vu all over again, since that’s probably the main reason big Sam got the sack at Newcastle in January of 2008, after only six months in the job.
But the new news on Simpson this morning is that a source said to be close to Danny (Simpson himself?) has said this in the local press:
“Danny loves it in Newcastle and is excited about next season.” “He wants to stay at Newcastle next year and then see what happens.”
Newcastle’s concern is that Danny contract runs out a year come June, and if he is not going to sign his new deal they’d like to know that and they will sell him in the summer.
And it looks like Newcastle are keeping tabs on Yohan Cabaye’s mate at Lille – Mathieu Debuchy – as a possible replacement should Danny move on.
Only last week Danny had this to say:
“It would be massive for me to part of a Newcastle team playing in Europe.”
Danny has played in every league game for the side this season, and he is getting better the more games he plays, and we’d love him to sing a new deal.
That’s not to say that Newcastle will not be bringing in one and maybe even two fuill-backs this summer, and if that happens Danny will have to fight it out for that right-back spot.
But Danny has been a good player for Newcastle since he signed just over two years ago from Manchester United for two packets of peanuts, and he’s highly rated in the Premier League index, which is the old Axim index, and grades players in the Premier League.
Aston Villa are said to be interested, but that would hardly be a good move for Simpson, with their manager Alex McLeish having the side only 6 points above the drop zone, and having taken Birmingham down last season, and Villa have only one win in their last 10 league matches.
The disagreement on Simpson’s contract is not the amount Newcastle have offered apparently, but the way in which the money is being paid, so we have no idea what that means – any clues?
The bottom line is that we’d like to see Danny sign a new deal and soon.
That’s because he can be a good player for Newcastle, whether or not he’s a starter next season, and the same goes for Danny Guthrie too, who we hope will stay on Tyneside.
The two Dannys are players who have shown they can get the job done for Newcastle, and whether or not they are starters, we’d like them to stay at the club.
What do you think?