Danny Rose is keen to extend his stay at St James’ Park and complete a permanent deal from Tottenham, according to the Northern Echo.
The report also claims that his £60,000-a-week wages ‘should not be a problem’, suggesting Steve Bruce has every chance of getting his man this summer.
Scott Wilson – the Echo’s chief sports writer – does insist that Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley will NOT pay over the odds for a player who turns 30 in July, but claims the early indications from North London suggest Spurs won’t demand an ‘unrealistic fee’ for the player.
This all sounds promising, but the Chronicle did report yesterday that Tottenham were demanding £20m for the England international in January – so it seems they’ll have to reduce that asking price significantly given his age and lack of sell on value (something Mike Ashley values above all else!).
The Northern Echo also reveal that he’s settled in the North-East seamlessly, stating he’s already eager to complete a permanent move – despite being aware of interest from elsewhere.
Hopefully his fitness and form improves. If it does, we might be able to land ourselves a bargain this summer, with him not in Mourinho’s plans and likely to be sold at a cut-price fee given he’s out of contract next summer.