There is news coming through that Reading have won the race for Danny Simpson – and to think we didn’t even know there was a race on to sign the Newcastle right-back.
Danny Simpson - signed by Reading?
The Daily Star is even reporting that Reading will sign the 25 year-old Newcastle right-back on a three year deal on £30K/week.
That’s about what Newcastle offered the former Newcastle United defender during his new contract negotiations on Tyneside, which he has resisted signing for over a year now.
But if this news is true, then Newcastle have grown tired of Danny not signing the new deal, and they have sold him so he doesn’t become a free agent next summer, when his deal runs out on Tyneside.
The other thing that must be true if this news is accurate, is that Newcastle must be fairly certain of signing Mathieu Debuchy from French club Lille, otherwise they will have hardly have been willing to let Danny leave and join the other Danny – Danny Guthrie – who joined Reading last week.
West Ham, QPR and Fulham are other clubs that were said to be interested in signing Simpson, but it appears the Royals have signed the former Red Devils’ defender, if these reports are to be believed.
Maybe the reports were generated by what Reading boss McDermott said yesterday:
“We’re gong away to Portugal and I’d like to get a couple more in before then.” “We’re close so watch this space. I’m looking to strengthen the squad the best I can and to give it balance in areas where we are short.”
“I’m not going to say where they are but if you look at the team you will probably reach the same conclusions as me.”
No news on what the fee was for Simpson, but we expect its around the £2M to £3M mark – and that’s always assuming this news is true.
Simpson could also have decided to leave Newcastle once he had it verified that Newcastle were looking to bring in French International right-back Mathieu Debuchy to Tyneside.
Danny Simpson has played 112 times for Newcastle with two goals, and he has been the permanent right back at Newcastle for the last three seasons, during which time the Tyneside club has made a remarkable come back from the second division, to 5th top of the Premier League last season, and European competition again.
Not too bad.