The crux of the story from the Sun is that Newcastle believe they can escape any legal action from Sheffield Wednesday as they acted in good faith and were willing to pay Steve Bruce’s release clause.
According to Martin Blackburn of the Sun, Newcastle believe it was, in fact, Dejphon Chansiri who acted irrationally in making demands outside of Bruce’s contract that has led to the dispute between the two clubs
Blackburn reports that Newcastle refused to allow Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar to join Sheffield Wednesday as part of the deal. The refusal to do so the led Chansiri to put a halt to further talks about Bruce’s compensation package.
Blackburn does not clarify if Chansiri wanted Aarons and Lazaar on loan or on permanent deals, though we would have to suspect it would be on loan.
Roland Aarons– wanted on loan as part of Bruce compensation
That is what Simon Mullock of the Mirror reports, however, he paints a bit of a different story but with similar details to what Blackburn reports.
Mullock says the Chansiri is now willing to stop all legal action against Mike Ashley if they allow Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar to return to Hillsborough this season on loan.
Mullock further reports that Sheffield Wednesday wanted a channel put in place where they could easily have other Newcastle players sent on loan while only paying a low percentage of their wages.
The Mirror really paint Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce as the victims as they claim the release fee is far less than the reported. They also make the case that Steve Bruce acted completely professional as he contacted Chansiri with all developments as they were happening to keep him in the loop.
This is an interesting turn of events and we are somewhat skeptical that this is exactly as is being portrayed here. There may very well have been negotiations involving the players mentioned but these reports seem to be very one-sided in benefitting Mike Ashley.
We would expect that it is somewhere in the middle as both the owners are probably stubborn negotiators. We certainly know that Mike Ashley is.
We will wait to see what comes of any legal action from the Owls, but if these reports are true then we don’t blame Newcastle for taking a hard stance. Though we are doubtful it played out exactly like is being reported here.