The Mirror are reporting today that Newcastle made an enquiry about Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, but the approach was turned down by manager Louis van Gaal.
Michael was on Newcastle’s books as a youngster in the Kevin Keegan days, before he signed on at West Ham, and this is not the first time in his career that we have tried to get the Wallsend-born player to Newcastle.
Michael Carrick in action last season
But the former Wallsend Boys club and England Boys club star who was a striker in those days, is now 33, so it seems a strange move for Newcastle, who hardly ever sign players over 27 years of age – never mind 30.
The news is that Louis van Gaal quickly blocked Carrick leaving the club, and Micheal played very well last season for Louis and seemed a calming influence in the team.
The Dutchman probably sees him as an experienced player who can help bring the younger players, and of course he has vast experience and is still a good player.
Maybe that’s exactly why Steve McClaren wanted him at Newcastle – he’s a Geordie who could help bring the youngsters through and also be a good example and role model to them.
Michael’s also played over 420 games in the Premier League in his career.
With central midfielders Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin having been signed by the Red Devils this summer, maybe Carrick will find it hard to get games this season?
We suppose if that happens Newcastle could always go back in for him in January, if Steve McClaren still wants him.