It seems that Newcastle United are now after Hull City center-back and captain Curtis Davies.
Curtis Davies – Hull City center-back
The center-back has always been a good player, and we have been linked with the 29 year-old before, but he tends to pick up injuries and generally misses quite a number of games in a season, but that seems to have been earlier in his career.
Last season, he looked good and in his very first season at Hull City he played a total of 43 games and scored 5 goals.
Previously he had been at Birmingham City for three seasons, and at Aston Villa and West Brom before that, so the Leytonstone born player who started his career at Luton Town, has played a lot of his football in the Birmingham area.
And he is also now 29, so that’s a little bit old for Newcastle, who like their players to be younger and can still improve, once they arrive on Tyneside.
The news is that both Everton and Sunderland are interested, but he will cost a whopping £8M, which for a 29 year-old is not cheap, and expensive when you consider that Hull paid just over £2M for him from Birmingham last summer.
The deal Newcastle may be trying to make is to send Steven Taylor the other way in a player exchange deal, and make up the difference with £4M (hopefully less than that) in cash, and a ready-made replacement for Davies, who is a little younger – may even sound like a decent deal to Hull’s Geordie manager Steve Bruce.
It’s very true that Davies looked very good last season, and while Steven Taylor does not want to leave his home town club, he may not get the chance to stay, if indeed a deal is cut between the two clubs.
And with players playing well into their 30s these days, a player swap plus £4M in cash could even be a good deal for Newcastle to get Curtis on Tyneside.
In the three years he was at Birmingham City he played 106 times with 12 goals, and he is also dangerous from set-plays, which are players Newcastle need to draft in this summer.
And it’s also good to see Newcastle after defenders, after we have conceded a massive 127 goals in the last two Premier League seasons.
Curtis is the captain of Hull City, and has good leadership skills, and that’s something else Newcastle were short of this year, when the team went into a terrible tailspin.
6″2″ tall Curtis Davies could be a good buy for Newcastle.
What do you think?