There have been a couple of readers who have sent emails suggesting that Manchester City’s Kolo Toure would be a good signing for Newcastle in the summer, when he’s a free agent.
Kolo Toure – free agent this summer
The 32 year-old former Arsenal center-back probably has at least two or three seasons left at the top level, and he has indicated he’d like to stay in England – so maybe if QPR miraculously stay in the Premier League they could sign him – but not Newcastle.
He’s a player that Freddy Shepherd probably would have been after prior to Mike Ashley buying the club in 2007.
But Mike Ashley will not pay out huge wages for a player past his prime – and Kolo gets massive wages at City.
So we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are interested in Kolo – who has played 96 times with 3 goals for Manchester City and before that he played 326 times for the then mighty Arsenal, and scored 14 goals.
And if Mike Ashley was ever going to change his mind, his experience in signing Sol Campbell back in the summer of 2010, after being persuaded by then manager Chris Hughton, who knew Sol well from his Tottenham days.
But Sol Campbell was a disaster at Newcastle for the one season he was on Tyneside, and he was getting £40K/week.
The other thing is that Newcastle’s wage bill is now close to 70% of revenues, and Derek LLambias has already said it must be reduced this summer.
So maybe Kolo would be a good buy, and he’s certainly got massive experience, but we just cannot see it happening at Newcastle.
Kolo has played a massive 103 times for the Ivory Coast with three goals.
What do you think?
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