According to a highly dubious exclusive from the the Daily Star, Steve Bruce wants Mike Ashley to back him with a £15m bid for Tottenham’s Danny Rose.
You may ask why this report from the Star is ‘laughable’ given we need a new left-back and Rose looks set to leave Spurs after being left out of their pre-season plans, however there’s one key reason this just wouldn’t add up. His age.
Rose is 29, so why would Mike Ashley pay £15m for an ageing left-back likely to be on big wages when he refused to pay £16.5m for a 29-year-old Salomon Rondon – a man who had already proven himself at Newcastle after 12 goals, 7 assists and our player of the season award.
It doesn’t really add up, does it.
Steve Bruce has claimed during his press conferences in China that he’s not a ‘puppet’ and is very much in charge when it comes to transfers, but I imagine the 58-year-old will be told no regarding Rose and pointed in the direction of a young left-back with high potential (sell on value) instead.
Would he be a good signing? Yes. But does Bruce have any chance of getting Mike Ashley to spend £15m on a player who’ll be 30 this time next summer? I don’t think so – and that’s forgetting the fact the England international may well have bigger and better offers should he leave Spurs this summer.