Newcastle Star To Test The Waters In January Transfer Window

From what we can tell from this morning’s news, it definitely seems that Danny Simpson will test the waters in January and see if any good teams come in for him, and offer him more than Newcastle United have already offered him with their previous contract offer.

Danny Simpson – to test the waters in January – could leave Magpies

There are no plans to renew contract talks with right-back Danny Simpson until both parties see what happens in January, when clubs can some in and talk to the right back – since his contract runs out next June.

And if some club comes in for him and wants to take Danny in January for a small fee, then Newcastle would potentially move again for Mathieu Debuchy.

A Newcastle source has said this in today’s Evening Chronicle:

“Danny will have to wait and see what happens in the window.” “The club has most players on long-term contracts and Danny is the exception to that.”

And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is a big fan of Danny’s and will continue to play him in Newcastle’s first team:

“He is under-rated by our fan base, but his defensive work is important.” “Defensively, he can deal with a wide player.”

Pardew will also have James Perch, James Tavernier and Vurnon Anita at right back, and Vurnon has looked good when he’s played in that position for Newcastle this season.

But this scenario looks like Danny is looking to leave Newcastle in January or in the summer to the highest bidder, as far as wages go.

If that’s the case, and it certainly looks like it – so be it – he should leave Newcastle.

What do you think?

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23 comments so far

  • Carryingcoals

    Nov 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    So looks like we will see what affordable right backs we can bring in during january. If we fail to do so and cant meet any demands ie over fees or wages, then we should turn our attentions to other areas of the team that need strengthened and give simpson a new deal. seems the best way to deal with things.

  • seancavaz

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    See you later Danny! Grass ain’t always greener on the other side and if you don’t realise that then jog on mate

  • Deadpool

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    The guy is not under rated.

    I think he is rated fairly by most.

    Decent but we could do so much better.

    He’ll end up at Blackburn or Villa.

  • Johann

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    German Pezzella would be pretty nice instead! (though primarily a CB)

  • puretoon

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Seancavaz is quite right. There are better full backs out there who haven’t not such a high opinion of themselves too. It doesn’t help win yuv got a manager who talks him up either as he’s not that good. Infact Simmo go in January!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    We are not going to agree a new contract with Simmo so the question for NUFC is are we going to accept an offer in January or let him go for free in the Summer?

    Either way we will need a new RB and I would prefer we did our business in January. What ever we do it would have been cheaper if we had did it last summer!

  • markmac

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    If he went in jan i bet we wouldnt buy anyone until summer, i could see AP playing either Perch or Anita there until then…

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Carrying- I disagree it would be a backward step. In my view Pardew is being prevented from playing a more expansive fluid 4-2-3-1 or variations because of a lack of key personnel. Given tactical considerations it’s clear to me that Pardew is close to determining that Simpson should not feature in a starting PL side. Santon is the best back at the club and we’ve already seen how adept he is on the right and Fergi or Jonas provide options on the left. It’s generally recognised that the defence is the weakest part of the team and. I would much prefer an investment in new personnel rather than incur
    higher wage and other emolument costs for a very limited player.
    The business plan is designed to improve player quality at all levels season by season. There is a window in January which encompasses
    Season 2012-13 and many of the prevailing questions on formations and playing strength could well be addressed. Participation in the Europa has already elevated the thinking of manager and fans as to the developing squad as well as giving opportunities to the likes of
    Sammi , Bigi, Fergi, Tavernier etc. Simpson is not of sufficient calibre to be allowed to act as a roadblock.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Simmo is average.

    Not a top level pl full back but capable of playing in the league.

    I like him as a person and think he has every right to hold out to see what offers he gets, especially as pardew banged on about signing debuchy in his position.

    He will end up at a villa, qpr, west ham level team and so ok there.

    He is useless going forward and average at defending. Not saying he is terrible but he isn’t good either. He does a job but out of our best 11 where would he rank….9th at best, probably lower.

    So to improve the team we need a better fullback, he doesn’t want to play 2nd fiddle, fair enough he wants to play, best thing is a move away….providing we get debuchy eventually or another full back of that style

  • jesperfuglsang

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    mark…you might be right, but not because AP choices to, but because MA might want to cough up the money!

  • Jamiemac

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Hope he stays, agree with Pardew in that he is underrated, especially by some on this blog. I don’t think its fair than he’s on a lower wage than pretty much all of the other starters. I say offer him an extra 2 years and maybe up the offer by 5k more. Would be a very very good back-up to whoever we buy at RB.

  • martoon

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #12

    I can’t quite understand the club’s stance on this purely on a financial level because surely if he goes for a nominal fee then they are going to have to splash out a transfer fee and higher wages for a replacement.

  • markmac

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #13

    @ 10 – jesperfuglsang – yes more than likely, it certainly thins the squad even further, but ”gives the younger lads” a chance to play [face palm]

  • Ashton

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    He was the reason why we conceded the goal against wba. He again gave his oponent too much space by backing up.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Spot on Ashton

    For all he has his moments he should defend better.

    He rarely ventures forward so he shouldn’t really be getting caught out.

    Also he seems to stand off players too much and let’s them cross or drive into the box before he makes a tackle.

    Right back and centre back are the two positions we need to strengthen for the first 11, all other positions just need more quality in the depth.

  • seancavaz

    Nov 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Personal opinion is Santon at Rb and Fergie Lb is our best option! Both attack, both cross, both defend! We have Anita who IMO has looked good at full back so as my earlier post stated, if he feels the grass is greener on the other side then go, if he truly wanted to play for the Toon he’d have snapped their hands off at the first offer! We have an agreement in place with Debuchy it’s just a case of agreeing the fee… I think it’s time to go. Been a good servant, does a capable job, but in order for us to move forward its time he served his trade elsewhere

  • alanrichie

    Nov 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Why anyone would suggest Ferguson as our perm left back are stupid, he cannot defend to save his life and he needs to be up the pitch delivery that orange peeling cross.

    I wonder if people are watching the same games i do?

  • Jamiemac

    Nov 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #18


    completely agree 100%, it riles me seeing people put fergie ahead of Simmo

  • Sav

    Nov 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Should have sold him last summer for a modest fee and bought Debuchy. It would have made far better business sense and probably improved the team.

  • Johann

    Nov 1, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #20

    There seems to be a common misunderstanding of the modern 4-4-2 tactic. The idea with the tactic is having the so called wingers driving into the box or go in midfield for the full backs to have a clear way up field. The best example of how it works is when the ball is situated closer to the right wing, a lot of players trying to win the ball or available to receive a pass. Here the ball owning team needs to get the ball out of space and onto the left wing. In that situation our left midfielder would be infield, not suitable for Ferguson at all and our left back would be driving up field to make crosses, very suitable for Ferguson. So really, in my view, there is only one position on the field that Ferguson can play in.

  • seancavaz

    Nov 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s an opinion on who brings more to the team. Not knocking him defensively as I’ve said, he does what’s needed, but the game is about more then that, and as soon as he crosses the half way line he panics! Can’t argue that. Whereas santon and Fergie and for that matter Anita offer more technically going forward, and do the job defensively that’s needed. So yeah Santon rb Fergie Lb, both will defend, both with provide that cutting edge going forward, whether that’s Fergies crossing or Santons ability to go outside of inside, it gives the opposition something more to worry about! Why should we be thinking negatively? I grew up in the entertainment era….Beresford, Hottiger, Barton….to me it was always attack them n see how they defend, remember watching the great cafu at Roma, he couldn’t defend, but his defence was attack, Carlos, same principle, now not comparing my opinion of full backs against these, just the principle, there’s a reason you have a holding midfielder in your team, it’s so you have full backs who can bomb forward, and when things break down you have them there to break up their play. Just an opinion, we’ll see what happens

  • seancavaz

    Nov 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Johann totally agree 🙂

  • Geordie Gangnam Style

    Nov 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #23

    But wot about ALL of those “off the line” moments we will miss 😉


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