There’s news in the Yorkshire Evening Press that a club has bid £5M for Leeds United captain Ross McCormack – but that bid is not from Newcastle – because £5M seems too much for the Tyneside club to bid for the Leeds striker, and that’s probably because owner Mike Ashley doesn’t think he’s worth that.
Ross McCormack - bid of £5M in for the Leeds United captain
Instead the bid is reported to be from a club in the Championship, with newly relegated Norwich City said to be one of those clubs along with Derby County, who were beaten by a last minute goal by a 10 man QPR side in the Championship play-off final at Wembley recently.
It seems to us – and we could be wrong on this – that Newcastle are starting to get the name of being a really stingy club, and Louis Nicollin of Montpelier goes out of his way to criticize Newcastle.
And even today the agent of Swansea striker Wilfried Bony said Newcastle always try to bid low, and that they didn’t believe Bony was worth £10M last summer – although he’s now on sale from Swansea for a cool £19M, after a terrific first season in the Premier League with the south Wales side.
His agent Dalibor Lacina said that his client would probably be joining a top six club this summer – who had ambition – inferring that Newcastle didn’t have any ambition – but of course – he could be right on that.
It’s annoying that Newcastle – who could make upwards of £50M profit in this financial year which ends on June 30th – the biggest profits in their history – are so miserly and tight with their money in the transfer market.
And it seems we cannot outbid Championship clubs who don’t have anywhere near the money Newcastle have available to spend this summer.
Newcastle were reported to have bid for McCormack last week, and Leeds United’s Italian owner Massimo Cellino said this about the offer:
“Newcastle made an offer for McCormack and I said no. He is happy to stay here and that made me proud.¨
However, Newcastle denied they had made any offer for the Leeds United captain.
And so Newcastle’s attempts this summer to get players into the club is making Dickens’ Scrooge character – look like an out of control spendthrift.