Newcastle have again been linked with 23 year-old Manchester City’s England midfielder Jack Rodwell, who has played very little in the two years he’s been away from Everton.
Jack Rodwell – Newcastle interested
In fact in the last two seasons at City he’s played only 24 times with two goals, but he has also been out injured a lot of the time, and last season played only 9 times for City in all competitions.
Rodwell joined Everton at the ripe young age of 7 and came through the Youth ranks on Mersyside, and he was always a top young player and played for all the England youth sides, including 21 times at the England U21 level and he has 3 full England caps, but his career has gone off track a lot over the last two seasons.
Rodwell is likely to leave City in the summer to try to get his career going again, and Manchester City also need to sell some players as they try to get their financials in order.
In the last two financial years they have lost around £98M and £51.6M, which is nowhere even close to the Financial Fair Play (FFP) guidelines, and they have to reduce that red ink quite a bit, to be in step with the current UEFA FFP rules.
And they have just been fined €60M by UEFA for failing to meet the rules over the last three seasons.
One note of caution for Newcastle is that Jack seems to pick up a lot of injuries, although he’s an excellent player with very good skills and he came through the ranks at Everton.
Rodwell could cost as much as £10M, City paid £12M for him two years ago, but there could be other clubs also interested in the player, including former club Everton, and new manager Roberto Martinez is always interested in good young talent.
In the five seasons Jack was in the first team at the Toffees, he played 109 times with 8 goals for them, and was one of England’s best young players.
Dan would be a good acquisition for Newcastle, but we are going to face some competition for him – for sure.