Report – Newcastle Interested In Signing 28-Year-Old England Defender

As usual, the three clubs that do go down to the Championship next month will have some of their players wanting to leave the club.

It happens every year, and it’s usually the best players who push for a move.

The news today is that England left-back Ryan Bertrand wants to leave Southampton this summer, but interestingly he says that’s whether or not the Saints are relegated.

It never helps a club when a player talks about wanting to leave the club when they are involved in a relegation scrap.

Ryan Bertrand – rated at £25M

The Sun is reporting that Newcastle, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are interested in the player.

Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett has had a good season, and Newcastle have done well since he recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered in the first game at home to Tottenham last August.

But Rafa wants to increase the competition for places in every single position of the team if he can.

With Jesus Gamez and Sadio Haidara both leaving the club this summer Rafa will want to bring in at least one new full back.

The 28-year-old Bertrand is also almost guaranteed to be in the England squad for the World Cup this summer in Russia.

But if Manchester United and Tottenham are really interested in signing the player, we may not have much of a chance of getting Bertrand.

And a question is whether Rafa would want to pay out £25M for a full-back when other positions in the side need strengthening more than left back.

Ryan started his career at Chelsea and moved to Southampton in 2014 and he’s played 139 times for the Saints with 6 goals; he’s been capped 19 times by England.

Rafa did manage the player when he was he was the manager of Chelsea when they won the Europa League back in 2013 so he will know the player.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 11, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Hes a good player not sure he is 25 million good mind you!

    Would allow us to play 352 with Dummett moved to CB with Bertrand being the wing back in some games if it did happen

  • G

    Apr 11, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    A Watford supporting old friend is talking of a rumour doing the rounds is that we are one of four Prem clubs in talks over Richarlison. Couldn’t picture MA sanctioning a transfer fee to tempt them, but would love it to be true. Highly unlikely in my opinion.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 11, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    RIP Yvonne Staples (“Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, etc.)

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 11, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d take bertrand. We need competition for Dummett and he will give us a different option. I like the idea of 3-5-2 from LCBP above. I’d still prefer Patrick van Aanholt mind but not sure Palace are going down.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 11, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    He isn’t worth £25M in my mind otherwise Southampton wouldn’t be in the mess they are in. Dummett is the man !

  • goalseeker

    Apr 11, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    As we draw to the close of what is now appearing to be a successful season thanks to Rafa and all the team who have played their socks off and kept on despite some unsavoury comments. I always say let those who make these sort of comments pull on a pair of boots and try to do better in the pressure of a highly charged game.Forget they are professionals and should be perfect every week they are human beings who never go onto the field thinking `I don’t think I will try to hard today. They are professionals and have professional pride so those who raise their fingers to the keyboard to make themselves sound big and knowledgeable just pause and ask could you really do any better praise in public criticise in private.

    On that note Ed I want to say a big thank you for yet again giving us a season and a vehicle for what is an excellent website. All the guys who have followed the site over the years know how hard it is for you at times to continue to produce. As one who writes a monthly newsletter, suffering from major spine trouble, I have many times sat in front of a blank screen which stayed blank for many an hour especially when the pain gets really bad even morphine does not help. It shows your love for the club that keeps you going and may that be for a very long time. From your fan club – thank you and our regards to your family for their undying support that must get you through those days when it would be easier to do nothing when the pain gets too bad. Keep it up Ed ignore the critics who again could not do what you do with the site, but it is easier to criticise than to compliment especially for that certain type of individual who blames everyone from the government down, always remember when you point your finger in criticism at someone there are always three fingers pointing back. Before you criticise just pause and think that is if you can think.

    Again thanks Ed for everything you do it is appreciated.

  • 9

    Apr 11, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Robleenio: I too rated van Aanholt while we had him, but my prediction is Place will finish with 37 points with 7 clubs below them, so I would be amazed if they got relegated.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Not gonna happen.

  • Phil K

    Apr 11, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #9

    No thanks. Going by the lengthening beard he seems to have a mind on going to “play” in Syria


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