There’s a report in the Telegraph today that Stoke City have launched a £12M bid Manchester City central midfielder Fabian Delph and given the wild transfer fees being paid out this summer by Premier League clubs, that’s not a bad price for a good technical player.
The report says that Newcastle are also interested in signing Delph, but that the fee may put them off – we hope that’s not true.
The reality about Fabian is that if he did sign for Newcastle United then Rafa Benitez could bring out the best of a player who always had good potential without ever reaching the heights.
Mark Hughes is a good manager, but he’s no Rafa Benitez.
27 year-old Manchester City central midfielder Fabian Delph
The Telegraph report is the accomplished Stoke manager is keen to make Fabian his third signing of the summer – and we hope Newcastle will also try to make Delph our third signing of the summer.
Manchester City want to have a permanent sale this summer for the player who signed on two years ago from Aston Villa and they don’t want to send Fabian out on loan.
West Brom are the other Premier League club interested in the 9 times capped England International.
Stoke are obviously now in the lead to sign the play-maker, but from the Telegraph report, it doesn’t look like Newcastle are very keen to sign the 27 year-old – and that’s a pity.
This is what Mark Hughes has said about Delph:
“We have asked for an idea in terms of the possibility of doing something with Fabian Delph.”
“He is one of a number of players we are looking at, but we speak to a lot of clubs and ask about their plans for certain players.”
“Fabian is one that we have asked about, because he is a good footballer, but with certain deals you are in the hands of other clubs.”
“We are very active in the market at the moment, and we are hopeful that things will begin to move quickly for us.”
Rafa and Newcastle do have other central midfield players we are looking at, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
But it may be that Fabian Delph is not a priority transfer target at Newcastle after all?
We’ll soon find out.
What do you think?