One transfer target who will not be arriving at Newcastle this summer is 21 year-old Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa, as news is just coming through that he has decided to stay at Villa and sign a new deal.
Andreas Weimann – signs new deal for Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert can be very persuasive, and after managing to keep Villa in the Premier League essentially by using the Aston Villa youngsters, and shunning highly paid stars like Darren Bent, the Scot now wants to keep the good ones at the club and bring in reinforcements for next season.
We do think that Aston Villa will be much more competitive next season, and the fans did their part last season as they were right behind the manager and the players, despite it looking very ominous in January and February – and most of the season for that matter – that Villa could be relegated.
Andreas had just one year left on his contract, and in addition to Newcastle, both Tottenham and Chris Hughton’s Norwich City were interested in the player.
The 6 times capped Austrian forward scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for Aston Villa last season, and joined them four years ago from his home town club – Vienna’s Rapid Wien.
And news today that Newcastle will play their first pre-season friendly at Motherwell on July 12th, and the game at Fir Park is a short 12 days after the lads report back to training on Thursday July 4th.
So we have to think it will be a second eleven with several of Newcastle’s top youngsters who will turn out for Newcastle on that Tuesday.
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