The Daily Star is reporting in an exclusive today that 29 year-old Hull City winger and Scottish International Robert Snodgrass has turned down a new deal and wants to leave Hull next month during the January transfer window.
The news is that Newcastle are very keen to sign the 21 times capped Scottish International (6 goals) and maybe this is the winger that Rafa Benitez really wants at the club next month.
The news is that Snodgrass is not worried about dropping down a division to join Rafa Benitez’ revolution at Newcastle and certainly this news is encouraging.
Robert Snodgrass scoring against Newcastle in League Cup last month
Snodgrass signed a three year deal when he left Norwich in the summer of 2014 for Hull for £6M and he will become a free agent next summer.
Hull just don’t seem to be able to hang onto their players this season with Newcastle having already raided Hull for central midfielder Mo Diame and it looks like Snodgrass is the next to leave.
Frustrated manager Steve Bruce also left Hull City last summer and is now managing Aston Villa in the Championship.
Hull are said to want up to £10M for the player who joined them from Norwich in the summer of 2014, but with his contract running out in June there’s no way they will be able to get that fee.
And it’s not the first time Newcastle have been linked with this player.
It was five years ago in April (2011) that Newcastle were first said to be interested in signing Snodgrass, so we’ve been interested in the player for a while now and the fact he’s 29 means nothing with Rafa free to choose the players he wants.
Newcastle are reported to be confident they can sign the winger for £5M and that would be a good deal for us with Snodgrass being able to help our promotion drive and he’s a proven Premier League player too.
Rafa Benitez has said that with Rolando Aarons being out injured this season he wanted another winger brought in next month and Snodgrass has the experience playing for Norwich and Hull in the Premier League and Leeds and Hull City in the Championship.
Snodgrass has been one of Hull’s best players in the Premier League this season and he has scored 7 goals in 16 total appearances including the equalizing goal against us in the League Cup quarter-final late last month.
Celtic were said to be interested in taking the Glasgow-born winger, but the latest news is that they are no longer interested.
While at Leeds from 2008 to 2012 he scored 41 goals in 193 appearances and Norwich for a couple of years after that he scored 14 goals in 74 appearances.
Robert Snodgrass would be a good signing for us next month and it looks like he wants to come to Newcastle.
Note: Reader Elliot Little will be braving the sub-zero temperatures on the Great Wall of China this Christmas to raise money for mental health charity MIND.
Elliot will camp out with his friend on Christmas Eve overnight on a challenging section of the wall before trekking around the relatively under-explored area of Jiankou on Christmas Day.
Here’s more information on the trek and his justgiving page.