Newcastle will definitely need to bring in a left-back this summer. Steve Bruce is committed to playing with four at the back, and we will only have Paul Dummett on the books after this year with experience in the role.
Danny Rose is on loan until June 30th, but that could be extended if this season is resumed and stretches beyond that date. However, we haven’t heard too much of Rose being pursued beyond this campaign.
The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder is reporting that Steve Bruce will push for a permanent deal for Danny this summer. However, that could prove to be a tough sell to Mike Ashley.
Rose will turn 30 on July 2nd and is showing signs that his best days are behind him. He recently admitted that he’s not been at his best just yet. This is what Danny told NUFC TV earlier this month:
“I feel as if I started ok in the first game against Arsenal. Obviously, I am over the moon I am playing every week.
“But if I am honest and critical of myself, I am not playing at the level I want to be in terms of getting up and down the pitch and getting tight to my man.
“It has been a difficult few months with not playing at Tottenham. I am just sort of getting in the groove again and game by game I feel better.
“I hope it’ll be before too long that I’ll be giving 8, 9, 10 performances.”
For Newcastle to sign Danny permanently, he’ll have to prove that he can return to the levels he showed at Tottenham that made him an England international. For that to happen, this season must resume.
However, even if it does, Rose will face an uphill battle. While he’s improved somewhat over his past few games for the Magpies, he’s still short of match sharpness. That is hardly going to improve with the league shut down until at least the first week of May.
The Northern Echo is reporting that Tottenham would be more than happy to sell Rose to Newcastle. They claim that Spurs would be willing to do so for a realistic fee.
Rose has one year remaining on his contract after this one, so could be had at a bargain price. He’s currently on £60k/week and, while the Northern Echo says that won’t be a problem for Newcastle, a lot could depend on the length of the contract.
Newcastle won’t want to give him any longer than a three-year deal, and even that may be pushing it. If this season doesn’t get completed or is jammed into a six-week window beginning in June, it’ll be very difficult for Rose to be able to prove that he is worthy of joining Newcastle on a permanent basis.