We have an inkling that Danny Simpson is doing the same thing as Jose Enrique did last year, when he kept saying he liked playing for Newcastle, but would not commit to signing a new deal, and he eventually signed on at Liverpool last year for about £6M.
Danny Simpson – becomes a free agent this summer
And we think Danny’s aim is to leave the club in the summer, but try to make as few waves as possible until then,
Alan Pardew is still playing him in the first team, although that may change if a club comes in for him in January and offers a reasonable fee, because Newcastle are likely to take it – as long as they can bring in a suitable replacement in January.
Danny was asked in the local press this morning whether he still wanted to be part of Pardew’s squad come February:
“Of course, it’s a while away yet, but if I have it my way, hopefully, I’ll be playing in the next phase. I love playing in Europe.” “I’m enjoying every minute of it.”
But the question should have been is it his intention to leave the club before next September?
What Danny says is that he could still be at Newcastle in February, but still not have signed a new deal to stay on Tyneside, so it would be even better for him because he will become a free agent in the summer, and could get a decent deal worked out with another club, simply because they don’t have to pay any transfer fee to Newcastle.
Simpson has said many time over the last 18 months that he would love to stay, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so how come he hasn’t signed a deal that Newcastle have offered him?
We’d be surprised if Danny is at the club come September.
What do you think?
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