Newcastle Interested In Former England Wonder Kid

Newcastle were interested in Derby County midfielder Will Hughes two years ago, when Will was deemed to be an 18 year-old England wonder kid, so it’s not surprising with former Derby County manager Steve McClaren at Newcastle now, that there is a report in the Shields Gazette today that we are interested in bringing the 20 year-old to Tyneside.

Will has played 15 times for the England U21 squad and is in the squad in the Czech Republic for the European U21 Championships taking place at the moment.

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Will Hughes – 20 year-old Derby midfielder

Two years ago the price on Will was around £10M with some big clubs interested in him, and he made his club debut for Derby back in 2011 and has since played 137 times for Derby with 10 goals.

So while Will has remained a first team starter for Derby,  excitement about him over the last couple of years has died down just a little bit,  but the lad is still young and only turned 20 in April.

Will has lots of ability and he has flair, and Graham Carr has been keeping tabs on the player, and flair is something that’s been missing from the Newcastle team since Yohan Cabaye left eighteen months ago.

Will would be an exciting signing for Newcastle fans who just love players with the ability that Will has in spades.

Big clubs like Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be interested in the player, and McClaren had this to say about his midfielder last season at Derby:

“In my experience, players like the Spanish, the Dutch and the Brazilians produce can get out of tight areas very well.”

“You think you have them trapped, you think you can nick the ball and, all of a sudden, they can get out of that situation.”

“It is something I have always talked about in the English game, something we could never quite get to grips with, but I think we are developing players now who are capable of doing that.”

“And Will is one of those players.” “We have a lot of others, when you see the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Jack Wilshere.”

“They are the modern-type of players. You can give them the ball in any situation and you know they are going to keep it. That is so vital at top-level football.”

“Will is playing well.”  “He is only doing what I think he is capable of doing and he needs to do that more consistently.”

“He is developing and he is getting better but there is still a long way to go.” “What pleases me is he’s getting some end product to his play.”

“He can always keep the ball and deal with it but that killer pass to unlock packed defences or scoring a goal, that is what he has added to his game.”

Hughes was said to be worth £10M two year ago and the fee quoted now ia around £15M, so it will be interesting to see if Mike Ashley is willing to pay that amount for a 20 year-old, who has never played in England’s top division.

Newcastle are said to have a kitty of around £60M to spend this summer – so we can certainly afford the youngster – it’s whether Newcastle now have the will to spend big money for some class players.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    The best negotiator in the world couldnt work under ashley’s remit and rules

    Only pay half of what they want
    Only sell for double what they’re worth
    Only offer wage structures based on minimum wage plus bonus’
    then Blame the agents for making unreasonable demands

    maybe that’s why the line can’t ever be crossed

    will hughes is no doubt a very good player with a hair cut to match who at the end of the day with a better manager and a fair win could have been a premiership footballer this year anyway and IMO is ready for the premiership…but Ashley will class him as championship player value wise and will only pay 7-8 tops which in todays reality market is simply not enough.

    Poor old SM must have been so excited by Ashley’s rallying call before the west ham game and must have been rubbing his hands with excitement at the prospect of loads of money on rebuilding the team…but reality will now be kicking in…he’s been Ashleyed

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Ashley out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Even with a proper football person in Churners place he could only offer in wages what the fat man has set. Getting pound for pound value means exactly that, he expects to get the best out of the wages offered, he will see that as a failing of his employees if it doesn’t work out
    rather than the rigid wage structure being set.

  • Jib

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Wijnaldum is saying what a lot of players may this window , that NUFC are too unstable at the moment.
    The last sentence of this article hurts any true maggie , “Wijnaldum is definitely good enough for Newcastle but Newcastle isn’t good enough for him.”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley out.

  • WestOzMag

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #6

    This is so boring now and predictable. Speculation after speculation and no signings. This was supposed to be the week of “ramping up”. We are half way through it now and not a single sole over the line. Not even close one thinks. Almost now inclined to start following a different club in a different league it’s that frustrating.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Thought the new Coaching and back room staff were to be announced this week ?
    Or to save money will we just issue a short statement at the same time when we have signed the 6 key inspirational players including Austin, Dost and the rest?
    Hope springs external.

  • hibbit

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    how on earth can we not agree a deal with a bunch of championship coaches i have been told we have offered less basic then derby but bigger incentives how on earth did charnley every get this job what chance have we got of getting players if we cannot sort the coaching staff out

  • lochinvar

    Jun 17, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    £15 million for Hughes?
    Having a laugh.
    The report suggests he hasn’t really progressed under McLaren as it happens.
    Value should then go down to a realistic level – maybe a few million but today’s football transfers are all about speculation and greed ( Agents being the root cause ) so inflated prices are the norm.
    Strange that Ashley’ business interests thrive in that culture yet he can’t seem to make it work for NUFC – but I might be wrong – he sold Carroll for £35 million ! Confusing.

  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Bugger, so we’ll have played last season’s top 4 before 4th October!

  • dannitoon

    Jun 17, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Be a good signing… needs the step up as he’s treading water in the championship…

  • ZIPPIE57

    Jun 17, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    We cannot even appoint backroom staff it looks like so we have no chance of any Marquee signings
    Liverfool have signed 3 already ffs

  • Toon Tang

    Jun 17, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Looks like a young Colin Hendry that’s found the crack pipe early on.


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