We all know that Danny Simpson, the Newcastle right-back, has turned down a very good contract from the club, and the negotiations have been going on with the former Manchester United defender and his representatives, for over a year now.
Danny Simpson in action against Sunderland
And just like with Jose Enrique last year, Newcastle are not even close to signing up the 25 year-old, and therefore there is a likelihood this summer that Newcastle will sell their right-back, like they did with left-back Jose Enrique, who went to Liverpool for £6M last August.
Simpson will attract interest from many clubs, if he is put up for sale this summer, and QPR, Aston Villa and Fulham are thought to be interested.
Danny will return to pre-season training a week come Thursday, so we may hear more at that time, about what he wants to do, and whether he really wants to stay on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew, like any good manager, wants the lad to stay with the team, and Alan left Simpson’s position open, when he talked to the local Newcastle press corps this morning:
“He’s got a year left on his deal.” “He turned down a new contract and that’s where we are.” “Danny could play the whole season next year. We’ll have to see.”
The Simpson situation is eerily similar to Jose Enrique’s position last year at this time, and apparently if he had signed the deal Newcastle offered him, the Spanish U21 defender would have been one of the best paid players on Tyneside.
Jose was signed for £6.2M from Villareal in August, five years ago by Sam Allardyce.
And it shows that with players who have proven their worth to Newcastle, owner Mike Ashley is willing to reward them with some big bucks.
It seems that Jose questioned Newcastle’s ambitions, and he moved on, but if he knew where Newcastle would be last May – in 5th position in the Premier League and above Liverpool – he may have reconsidered.
But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and we are still hoping Danny Simpson will stay at Newcastle.
But we are hoping that Danny will have an almighty fight on his hands for his right-back position next season, if Newcastle are successful in getting Mathieu Debuchy to Newcastle.
What do you think?