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Newcastle Defender Could Be In Big Demand This Summer

9:47 am, Sunday, June 10th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

There are currently three clubs after Newcastle’s Danny Simpson.

Danny Simpson - in action against West Brom

The Newcastle right-back returns from holiday this week, and his future is likely to be sorted out, one way or the other, very soon.

Newcastle could pick up as much as £4M for the former Manchester United defender, if he doesn’t sign his new contract within the next week or so.

That would be a decent price for a player who has just one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and who cost only £500K from Manchester united in January of 2010, when we were in the Championship.

Danny has done well at Newcastle, and has proven himself to be a Premier League class full-back, and he’s appeared for the Tyneside club 112 times with two goals over the last three seasons, and has improved a lot in Newcastle’s colors.

Two London clubs are said to be after the player, QPR and Fulham, and if the news is to be believed, he would prefer a move to London if he cannot get an improved deal on Tyneside.

The third club interested in him is Norwich City, and new manager Chris Hughton was the manager who brought him to Newcastle in the summer of 2009, initially on loan from the Red Devils.

It seems that £4M would be a decent price for Newcastle, if we can get that much, and there’s at least two new players right there. :D

We still hope that Danny comes to his senses and signs the deal to keep him at Newcastle, because we think the 25 year-old can still improve at Newcastle.

Vernun Anita of Ajax, is being heavily linked with Newcastle, and the 23 year-old can play in defensive midfield or in either full-back position.

So Anita could challenge for the right back position next season if he is signed, whether or not Danny is still at the club at that time.

The saga about Danny is getting almost as bad as with left-back Jose Enrique last year at this time, and of course Jose finally signed on at Liverpool for £6M.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Danny Simpson · Jose Enrique · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dannyo // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    If we could wringe about £4 mill out of him, then i’d be a happy camper.

  • 2 GeordieToon89 // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Heard Norwich and Chris Hoots wants Williamson and Simpson in a double deal hes also monitoring Best but that depends on the outcome of talks with Grant Holt, been told he would like to take Vuckic on loan for the season aswell but apparently Pardews told young Haris that he will play a big part this season and wont be allowed to leave

  • 3 Tooooon // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Never felt that Danny was particularly any good… Whenever he tried to attack from the right wing, he was met with groans. He unfortunately cannot attack to save his life And him and Williamson are the weak links in our team (two englishmen) so sell then and replace them with better. £4m and we’ll be laughing.

  • 4 SupaToonKid // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    GT89 source?

  • 5 GeordieToon89 // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Personally a would keep Williamson unless Streete is ready to step up as cover but if he comes in with £8million for Simo and Wilo a think we should sell and buy a young CB replacement maybe Steven Caulker young cracking prospect and english, had a good season with swansea..also wouldnt mind seeing us go Gyfil Sigurdsson seens though he wont be going to Swansea now

  • 6 Tooooon // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    I am however a bit concerned to field a potential team out next season with no English men, but if we win games then I don’t care what other people think about us….

  • 7 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    @3

    I’d keep willo. He is a decent 3rd/4th choice CB

    @GT89

    Sigurdsson is likely going to liverpool. There was an article about it the other day.

  • 8 GeordieToon89 // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Well the Simpson and Williamson is just papers i was supposed to say read not heard for that but Best and Vuckic story av been told by me uncle who lives in Norwich apparently alot of talk down there, maybe its just putting hoots and the toon together but dont see why they would speak of Vuckic cos hes hardly played same with best really

  • 9 SupaToonKid // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    £4M is a good price for Danny. I don’t not like Simmo as seems a nice enough lad and a handy player but now if we to continue to development of the side we need better quality than Danny in our squad for next term i.e. Mathieu Debuchy.

    Simpson is fairly error prone and is weak on the attack whereas Debuchy is a superb RWB with the ability to attack with pace and crossing ability also a cracking defender. I hope Danny joins a decent side like Fulham or links back up with Hughton at Norwich but if QPR come calling i’d try rip them off a bit and offer him to them for £5M (i really don’t like QPR)!

  • 10 GeordieToon89 // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Perchino – ano mate but would surely be worth a try am sure he would speak to us if we had a bid accepted

  • 11 GeordieToon89 // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    SupaToonKid – you’re right ha we should try rip QPR off adobt really like them neither a never have dont understand why like but nevermind ha

  • 12 ~Perchinho the Pheonix~ // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Maybe, but if Liverpool also have a bid accepted there will always be the “Brendan Roger’s” factor. So it could turn out to be a futile attempt to try and sign him.

    Also, if reports are true about Anita and we are offering between 5 and 10mill, I doubt we would go for another Midfielder unless they were on the cheap.

  • 13 giimps // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    We do still have (at the moment) Saylor, Raylor, Perchinio and Willo as well as Simmo and Harps.
    Of them I think realistically, Saylor and Raylor with Perchinio as a back up will be part of any squad, bearing in mind we will have an extra competition to play.
    4m for Simmo will probably cover all of the money we have paid him since he started for us, including his transfer fee.
    I still think we need dedicated players for every position on the pitch, getting players who “can play” 2 or 3 positions on the pitch means to me they arent good enough to nail their own spot.
    I would prefer a dedicated left footed left fullback and move Santon across if Simmo does leave, another striker is imperetive for ACN , especially since Best, Lovaman and probably Ranger will be gone.
    HWTL

  • 14 SupaToonKid // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    In all honesty if Hughton came in for Best, Williamson & Simpson with a £10M offer i’d definitely accept it as really they are the weak links of the squad. Cannot see Willo leaving because i think it’d be pretty difficult trying to bring in 2 new CBs with all the other targets (maybe save that for January or the 2013 Summer).

    Simmo is definitely going and Best looks likely as well so it’s really how much Hughton wants them because Fulham & QPR can probably offer more than Norwich same as Celtic with Best (money wise of course as any footballer with any dignity would turn down a move to that Mickey Mouse league to stay in England).

    I think though that a loan move for Vuckic to Norwich would be great as he’d start quite a lot of games there with Norwich playing him behind their CF and infront of Bradley Johnson and Matty Howson. We do have Amalfitano who can cover the CAM position.

  • 15 ENGLISH PLAYERS 4 TOON // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Glad to see the whole English players debate again, Caulker will be world class and we need to snap him up whilst spurs are umming and ahhing, we should also try and keep fraser on the books, could be england star few years down the line. Ross Barkley would be my most favoured transfer he will be overtaking whilshire at the rate he is going, cabayes back up????

  • 16 Grafton83 // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    4m is fine for Simpson, Carr will have a replacement ready as this was a very predictable scenario. I say keep Willo though, he plays well enough and costs peanuts in wages.

  • 17 Nick 69 // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    £8mill for Simpson and Willo? £10mil for Simpson, Willo, and Best? WOW some deluded people on here, those players are worth about £2mil each on a good day

  • 18 johng81 // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    grab the 4 million or 5 million if its Qpr coz i dont really like them either.

  • 19 Ketsbaia9 // Jun 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Realistically, we could get £6.5m for the three. Simpson and Best will be around £3m each and Williamson values at around £500k. I wouldn’t mind it if we kept Best as I think he is a decent player. Williamson and Simpson cost us a champions league place and deserve to be sold. We need better players if we are to progress. Replacing them with Vertonghen and Cissokho is what we need to do.

  • 20 Geordiedoonsooth // Jun 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    £4m for Simpson, £3m for Best and £1.5m for Williamson means along with (hopefully) £15m from fat boy we can buy 3/4 top players along with a few bosmans

  • 21 Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem) // Jun 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    As much as I blame Willo for all our losses, the fact he’s on cheap wages and would be sold for next to nothing; I think we should hold onto him and perhaps play him in the cups when we play sub-standard opposition and at least it maintains depth at the back.

  • 22 Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem) // Jun 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    @Gt89,
    I heard that story too; Chris must really see something in Willo – deluded much?

  • 23 danmuamua // Jun 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I personally think Anita is not what we need. He may be versatile, young and a great prospect but he is to small for a midfield which lacks height and is also to similar to tiote. If we are looking to strengthen the middle of the park I would love to see us try and bring in Rasmus Elm or Sigudsson. Both players will add goals, creativity, hight and balance to the team. Cabaye is a great player but I don’t see him getting more that 7 goals per season.

    As for centre backs I’m sick of hearing about Douglas. He would be a top centre back in Italy but he would make the grade in England. He lacks speed and the technical ability that is now needed in top premier league centre halfs. I think we can kiss goodbye to Mbiwa who would be my first choice but Kjaer is equally as good and is a realistic target with him promising to never play for his club again under the current management.

    As for full backs it’s no secret Santon is a right back but he is equally as capable at left back and I personally would like to see us bring in Debuchy. He is top class and a winner which is so important to our team. If Debuchy is not available we should look at Sime Vrsaljko who looks to be a player with world class ability.

    Wingers are an issue that is never mentioned on this page for some strange reason. Ben Arfa is world class , enough said and Jonas is a great squad player but offers very little going forward which is so often excused because of his great work rate. Everyone is getting a little carried away with Marveaux, he had one good half against everyone and some fans seem to think he will be nominated for the ballon D’or alongside Messi and Ronaldo. I don’t see him being anything other than an average squad player. As for Obertan and Ameobi the less said the better. Obertan will never “come good” because he is an average player who is very lucky to be playing in the premier league. Yes he is quick but so is ussain bolt and I wouldn’t fancy seeing him on our right wing. He will have another poor season and hopefully he will be shipped out next summer. Ameobi needs to go out on loan just so he isn’t taking up space on our bench. Hopefully we can produce better talent over the next few years than Ameobi and Ferguson who will never make it at the top. I’m sure pardew will have already looked at both of these players but I would love to see him bring in Barnetta and Hoilett who are both top premier league players and even better are both out of contract. Compensation needs to be agreed for Hoilett as he is under 24 but I think you could get him and Barnetta for 5 million.

    That leaves you with a striker and I agree with most that De Jong is a must but I don’t see it happening as he will cost at least 10 but he would be worth every penny but if we were paying that money I think I would rather Giroud. That would leave us with Ba, Cisse, Benny, Barnetta, Hoilett, De Jong or Giroud as our attacking options.

    I obviously don’t see this happening but you can only dream

    Simon Kjaer- 5million
    Debuchy- 6 million
    Rasmus Elm- 5 million
    Barnetta- free
    Hoilett – 4 million compensation
    De Jong or Giroud for 10 million.

    That would obviously take our spending to 30 million but with 20 million apparently available you could quite easily raise the other 10 million from player sales and with those players coming through the door the inevitable sale of Ba wouldn’t really matter an aweful lot. I would personally sell Simpson, Williamson, Foster, Gosling, Best, Xisco and Ranger and you would think you could raise 10 million from this sales




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