Newcastle have offered Danny Simpson £25K/week on his new contract, but he still has not signed it.
Danny Simpson - likely he will leave Newcastle this summer
Danny accepted £10K/week on his current contract, which runs out a year come June, when he arrived permanently from Manchester United for around £500K in January of 2010.
And even at that time, the deal was held up as the player was not satisfied with the terms being offered, and of course Newcastle were still in the second division at the time.
But he has turned down the new offers from the Magpies for almost a year now, although if you believe the local Newcastle press, they are reporting that it’s not the amount of the wages, but the way in which the money is being paid that’s the problem.
We have no idea what that means, but both the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror have similar pieces today, and they report that Danny will continue to turn down Newcastle’s offer, unless the terms are significantly improved.
With Newcastle now in Europe, it may be that Newcastle will offer Danny new improved terms before the summer rolls around, but if he continues to turn the offer down, he will be sold – and Aston Villa are said to be interested, although Sunderland could also be keen on the full-back.
Gone are the days when Newcastle will pander to their players and pay them high wages, if they don’t think they deserve them.
The same thing goes for Danny Guthrie, who has yet to sign a new contract, and his current four year deal runs out at the end of the June.
Newcastle had trouble negotiating new deals with both Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton last year, and they both finally left for clubs who paid them higher wages.
Kevin joined second division West Ham on a long term deal, and Barton joined QPR for wages reported to be £70K/week, and it could be that both will be playing in the second division next season.
West Ham have not been able to clinch an automatic promotion place, and will need to win the play-offs to be promoted, and QPR are currently 4th bottom of the Premier League table and just 2 points above Bolton, who have two games in hand.
Danny Simpson will have been told he will be sold in the summer if he doesn’t sign the deal, and we’re almost into May now, and he still hasn’t signed.
Alan Pardew has said that if Simpson and Guthrie are sold, then new players will be brought in to replace them, and that will be in addition to the new players who will also be drafted in, to increase the size of the squad.
What do you think about these contract talks with the two Danny’s?