There is news today that Newcastle are interested in signing former Manchester United center-back Michael Keane, a player we were interested in last summer before he went on loan to Burnley and finally signed for them full time last January.
Newcastle have hinted that they want to do some deal in January but it’s always difficultly to prise top players from clubs half way through the season, and as well as Michael, Newcastle would also like to bring in another striker in January – maybe Charlie Austin (finally) from QPR.
Mike Williamson scoring against Northampton Town in League Cup
In the case of Keane, the chances of Newcastle getting him could depend on where Burnley are placed at that time in the Championship, but Newcastle can offer a part exchange deal with Mike Williamson, and therefore Mike could be a ready-made replacement for Keane.
In fact when we signed Williamson’s from Portsmouth in January of 2010, he came straight into the side and played very well through the end of that promotion season, and he filled in well for Steven Taylor, who was injured and out for that season just before Mike was brought in for £1M.
Mike’s contract runs our next summer, and so it could be a god move for Mike in January, and Steven Taylor’s contract also runs out, although maybe Steve McClaren would be less willing for the local lad to leave Newcastle at that time.
Burnley are currently in 5th place in the Championship, after their 3-1 home win against Sheffield Wednesday, and they have 11 points from six games, just one point behind Cardiff in second place.
Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion won again – this week 1-0 at home to Hull City, who were in second place before yesterday’s game.
The win leaves Brighton 4 points clear at the top of the Championship after 6 games played – and Chris is doing very well.
But back to Keane – it would be a good deal if Newcastle can do a part-exchange for him using cash plus Mike Williamson, who will be leaving the club next summer when his contract runs out.