Simpson On His Way – Two Full Backs Coming In

The Daily Mail is reporting today that it seems certain that Danny Simpson is on his way in the summer.

Danny Simpson – will be replaced at Newcastle

With only one year left on his contract, the Danny Simpson saga is getting as bad as last year’s with Jose Enrique, who eventually joined Liverpool in August of last year.

Newcastle are unwilling to keep Danny Simpson until he can leave for nothing in a year’s time, when his contract runs out, and they will attempt to sell him to the highest bidder in the summer transfer window.

And it looks like two full backs could be coming in,  with Newcastle closely linked with 21 year-old Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne last week.

Clyne is a free agent at the end of June,  but Newcastle will need to agree compensation with Crystal Palace for him, and that seems to be the stumbling block at the moment.

Another full-back Newcastle are linked with is Lille’s French International Mathieu Debuchy, who is a close friend of Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

But we’d be surprised if the two of them were brought in,  since both play at right back, and Newcastle need at least one player who can play across the back four and in the left back position.

One of those players is 23 year-old Montpellier captain, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and Newcastle have been linked closely with the French U21 International,  who is in France’s provisional 27 squad for the European Cup this summer.

And Erik Pieters could be brought in from PSV, as the Dutch International’s favorite position is at left back, but he can also play in central defense too.

Ajax center-back Jan Vertonghen, FC Twente center-back Douglas and Ajax center-back Toby Alderweireld are other defenders Newcastle have been linked with this year.

But it seems that time is running out for Danny Simpson at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Winstoon

    May 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    1st! Let him go if he doesn’t realize he’s onto a good thing!

  • SBergenwall

    May 20, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t get why he will leave, it’s not like he’s going to play for a better team than Newcastle because he’s decent but nothing special…

  • Whistler

    May 20, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Not concerned in the slightest if Simpson goes….we have Santon, Perch, Raylor etc I’d rather we bought a quality left full back than a replacement right back….can see Simpson at somewhere like a West Ham….real progressive career move that would be Simmo lol

  • GeordieoftheSouth

    May 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah I believe Simmo and Williamson are pretty average who have performed out of the skins at times but good squad players to have.

  • Nick 69

    May 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    he’s obviously a greedy tw*t who cares a lot more about how much he’s getting, rather than how good a team he is playing in. he’ll end up at some mid table team, which with his ability is actually where he belongs

  • toonincheek

    May 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, that’s about it.

    Good squad players, and thanks for your commitment and contribution to the cause, but as we look to improve, the weakest links have to be replaced.
    (or accept being squad players)

  • bevas

    May 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Maybe Simmo realises that all he will be is a squad player (or not getting a game)….. After being one at Manure for so long he may want to ensure he plays on a regular basis at a different (inferior) club!

  • sirtoongospel

    May 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Always sad to see a player leave when they have tried their best for us….and Simmo has for sure. But at the end of the day we need a couple of better defenders in, Pards has said as much, and he knows his days as a first choice RB are numbered.

    If he leaves, I wish him all the best, he isn’t a complete to$$er like some who have left, and always gave his best.

    Onwards and upwards for us though, and that applies whoever leaves.

  • bevas

    May 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #9

    In the Sunday sun he “wants to stay” just wants pay on par with other premier players…!!!!
    I want to be paid the same as others I work with… But may be I also know my worth and limitations…!!!!

  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Simmo either rates his value higher than the club, or can see the changes coming and realise he will be 2nd choice next season, at which time his value certainly will fall. Seems like his attitude is driven by his agent then, whatever the case. I don’t expect him o go back to Man U as a regular starter, Liverpool won’t be buying any more from us for a while (it’ll be in the new manager’s contract lol) and I can’t see him turning up at any other top 6 side. I doubt he will see European football then, not for a long time if ever. Could he end up at scumton-by-the-sea? Who knows?

  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    BTW congrats to Chelsea for being hammered to death and still winning, though I blame Bayern and especially that horrendous nugget Gomez for letting them off the hook.

    If that is Drogba’s last kick then all credit to him, one of the few Chelsea players that didn’t make me squirm and was such a massive player for them. He would have been the perfect striker for us but it was never to be.

  • Tsunki

    May 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    my comment at 10 – no he won’t go to scumland because they have a wage limit as well. Also being in europe I expect he could well play as many games next season even in rotation. So it’s money.

  • papiss_on_your_parade

    May 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    I appreciate the effort simmo has put in this season, he’s also made some crucial goal line clearances. BUT his tracking back has been pretty awful, he likes to go forward but has no end product, and often gets caught out of position on the break. Think we could do with mbiwa as he can play across the back 4 anywhere, and debuchy who would be a great signing! If simmo wants to go let him, although I wouldn’t mind him as a squad player.

    P.S ed has sorted out commenting from a blackberry, so you’ll be seeing a lot more of me!

    Cheers Ed.

  • Ketsbaia9

    May 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Simpson is the worst right back ever to play for us. Can’t wait for him to leave. We need to make sure we get rid of Williamson as well, if we are to make the champions league next season.

  • Ketsbaia9

    May 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Looks like Vertonghen will be going to Arsenal now Spurs haven’t qualified for the Champions league. We still might be in with a chance of signing him, so worth a bid.

  • Matthew Tom

    May 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Absolutely agree Bevas. Simmo, Willo, Guthrie, all squad players getting to that age where they need to be playing regularly. The club will give Willo a lowball offer a year from his contract end and hopefully sell him too.

  • Ketsbaia9

    May 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I think the only one that deserves to stay out of the three is Guthrie. I rate him as a player. Can see Guthrie going to Villa. I think we need to make 4 top class signings:

    Marvin Martin
    Giroud/Luuk De Jong

  • Ketsbaia9

    May 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #18

    In terms of valuation,we’re looking at:

    Vertonghen – £8m
    Cissokho – £6.5m
    Marvin Martin – £8m
    Giroud – £9.5m (release clause)

    Total = £32m


    Simpson – £3m
    Williamson – £2m
    Dan Gosling – £3m
    Shola Ameobi – £1m

    Total = £9m

    £23m net spend

    I think one out Cabaye, Tiote and Ba will leave, so the above signings are not unrealistic. These free signings are a must:


  • check the toastie

    May 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Shut the door in the ayw out Simpson.

  • chuck

    May 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Hard to believe so many so called fans are calling for Simpsons release.
    Loyalty is a two way street.
    Simpson has been a starter all season, with little time out, has played well.
    His unspectacular no nonsense style, obviously missed by most fans, that plus having to cover for a less than capeable Williamson, makes him someone worth keeping.
    The obvious root of the matter is money.
    He has been the lowest paid starter on the side (yes even lower than Williamson and Perch.
    At 10k per week close to being the lowest paid starting LB in the league.
    The guy would like to be on par with his team-mates, but has been offered a lowball contract, which most players in his position would find unacceptable.
    So much for loyalty from the club.
    But with guys like Llambias n’ Ashley,who’s self admitted, you dont know how horrible we can be.
    Dont kid yourselves Derick, we always knew that.
    As for you fans who back them, you know squat !

  • renzo

    May 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #21

    simpson was consistent and decent and he will be a loss – not many full-backs are good at attacking and defending but he was good at both this season – hopefully it gets sorted out

  • dcro1

    May 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Wherever Hughton goes our fringe players will follow. Both Danny’s to either West Brom or Villa.

  • RSA_Magpie

    May 21, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Hi all! Its my first time on the blog:-) ardent daily reader though. Love the Toon. Exceptional season!
    I honestly feel Simmo has given his all to the club but we need a right back that can attack abit as well.

  • Munster Mag

    May 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Totally agree Chuck. A full backs job is , primarily to defend. How many wingers gave him hard time this season? He is paid poorly compared to others. If I was him I’d leg it. Villa are a big club too, and he’ll probably double his salary. Good luck to the fella.

  • 9

    May 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #25

    There isn’t anything new to be said about Simpson that hasn’t been done to death a thousand times, but still people are divided. So, here we go again: he was an ever-present while we had (unbelievably) the tightest defence in the world’s toughest league; goal line clearances, automatic manager’s first pick while we finish 5th top – what’s not to like? He wants more money than Ashley is offering, sorry, son, Ashley’s the daddy. Accept reality, or head for a smaller club (Fulham hoving into view). For me, let’s keep him, nobody on the planet thinks he’s a world-beater but then, how many people are? It’s a team game and he’s been automatic first choice in our winning team; but if he wants to play hard ball over wages, he certainly loses,and so, perhaps, do we. Bye-bye, sadly.


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