According to the Burnley Express, manager-less Newcastle United are keen to sign Clarets star Dwight McNeil this summer.
You may be wondering how on earth the club could even have transfer targets without a manager in place, but, if you believe certain reporters, we’ll be appointing a ‘head coach’ who has about as much say on recruitment as our chief scout (Steve Nickson).
In addition, McNeil is 19, has shown a lot of promise on his debut season in the Premier League and is the sort of player with big sell on potential that would make Mike Ashley see pound signs.
Another thing Ashley and Charnley may be eyeing is the fact he’s English – meaning he’ll be worth £50m plus before long if he continues to show promise in the Premier League. Yes he may cost around £20m to begin with – an inflated fee after 3 goals and 5 assists in 21 appearances last season – but they’d know his value would soon double if he was a hit on Tyneside.
It looks to me like the club will be returning to the ‘Graham Carr Model’, with chief scout’s having more power, however one thing that looks set to remain for as long as Ashley does is his transfer blue print.
Unless a takeover happens, I don’t expect us to go for anyone above 26 this summer.