West Ham United are now interested in signing Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson.
Danny Simpson – in action against Blackburn
West Ham are trying to improve their squad after coming straight back up from England’s second flight last season, albeit via the playoff route.
The were outplayed in the final game at Wembley by Blackpool, but the Hammers took more of their chances – and Blackpool have only themselves to blame, for missing up to four gilt edged chances in that game, which could have seen them return to the big time.
The news is that Newcastle’s Board are growing more and more frustrated that Danny will not sign the new deals that have been offered to him, and they will not let Danny leave the club on a free transfer next summer.
The transfer fee quoted of £4M seems a little high, given Danny has only one year left on his contract, but the time is getting close when Newcastle will put the player on the transfer list, and sell him to the highest bidder.
Newcastle’s contract offer more than doubles what Danny is currently getting at the club, and is said to be around £25K a week.
Fulham are already in the hunt for the former Manchester United defender, and Aston Villa were interested when Scot Alex McLeish was the manager, but since former Norwich boss Paul Lambert took over the reins at Villa Park, it remains to be seen if they still have an interest in Simpson.
West Ham are looking for a replacement for French right-back Julian Faubert, who has been released by the London club, at the end of his five year contract.
It is thought that Danny would prefer a move to London, if he cannot reach agreement on his contract on Tyneside, but the time for that is rapidly running out.
Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy, Crystal Palace’s Nathaniel Clyne, Ajax defender and sometime midfielder Vernun Anita, and Dutch International Erik Pieters are players who can play full-back who have been linked with Newcastle this summer, and could replace Simpson.