News today that Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave manager has put in a bid for £500K for Newcastle’s 21 year-old striker Nile Ranger.
Nile Ranger leaving court in Newcastle earlier this year
Newcastle tried to sell Nile last summer, and if the reports were to be believed, Blackpool agreed that transfer fee with Newcastle, but they couldn’t agree terms with Ranger, and the Londoner resisted the move, and it never happened.
In October of 2010 Nile Ranger signed a five and a half year deal at Newcastle, with good terms, and that contract still has four years to run, and the terms the Londoner will be seeking will be the difficulty again this summer, and not the transfer fee.
Nile Ranger would appear to have no future at all at Newcastle, after getting himself into trouble with the law over the last twelve months.
Only last weekend Ranger was rushed to hospital with a 12 inch cut on his arm, after he said he had fell during a night out, and that wound required 21 stitches.
And Ranger is still currently on bail and facing an upcoming trial for assault on two people, and also separate charges of assaulting two police officers. Not good.
Ranger had this to say earlier this week on his future:
“I don’t know what is going on with my future.” “It was a good feeling at Sheffield Wednesday, getting games and getting them promotion.”
“I want to play, I don’t want to be rotting on a bench and missing out here and there. Obviously I’ve got four years left at Newcastle and I don’t want to just sit down and get money, I want to play.”
“Whatever team comes for me, I hope it’s high up there in the Prem or the Championship – at a high level – I want to go there.”
For some reason we don’t think it’s going to be easy to move Nile Ranger out this summer, and Newcastle may have as much success as we’ve had with Spanish U21 striker Xisco, and Newcastle will try for the fourth summer in a row to move him off the wage bill.
That’s difficult when the lad is getting £50K/week, and yet he’s only played 9 times over the last four years with one goal for the Magpies.
We could have the same type of situation with Nile Ranger.
What do you think?