When Newcastle were first reported to be interested earlier this week in signing Robert Snodgrass in January, it had been stated that Hull had an option on Snodgrass for a year on his contract – which they could always exercise.
It turns out that was correct and Hull have reportedly exercised one year options on six of their players whose contracts run our next June, including Robert Snodgrass.
The other five players are Abel Hernandez, Michael Dawson, Jake Livermore, Andy Robertson and Harry Maguire.
Robert Snodgrass – Newcastle target extended his contract
The contract for Snodgrass now ends in the summer of 2018 and the bottom line on all of this is that his price will go up.
However, it’s just a one year extension and not the multi-year deal Hull wanted Snodgrass to sign and you cannot alter the fact that he now knows Newcastle are (very) interested in him.
It could be that puts any deal for Snodgrass on hold until at least the summer, but that’s not necessarily the case.
If Newcastle really want Snodgrass before next season they will have to gauge when the best time to sign him is.
It could even still be in January, especially if Robert is now unsettled at Hull City, who are being very poorly run by their owners.
He will know all about the Rafa revolution and 52,000 sold-out crowds at St. James’ Park with Newcastle in the second division – as the world-class manager tries to build a Newcastle side good enough to be back in Europe and win trophies.
Compare that to the measly crowds turning up at Hull City these days and the fans being none too happy with the way the club is being run – and it’s quite a contrast.
Hull are bottom of the Premier League at the moment and Newcastle are at the top of the Championship with a world-class manager now running all football matters at the club.
This is what Hull City manager Mike Phelan has said about the six players:
“I’d like to think all of them will commit, I don’t see why not.”
“Some are gaining attention from elsewhere purely because of their performances, but at this moment in time they’re with us and hopefully we can keep them.”
“We are ongoing in negotiations with those players and at this present moment in time they are registered at this football club.”
“That we hope to change, we hope to get them on the deals they deserve and we’ll keeping working on it.”
If Rafa really wants Snodgrass then not much has changed if Snodgrass has signed a one year extension.
The price in the short-term goes up – but in the summer he will have only one year left and at almost 30 years old his transfer price cannot be that high.
And of course things will change if Hull City are relegated in May and Newcastle are promoted – things will change big time.
As we said before, Hull are still paying the price for the shoddy way in which the owners are running the club.
We know very well the negative impact that has on any club.