As we approach the summer transfer window, one thing that we always her is “you shouldn’t sign relegated players”.
For me, this is one of the biggest myths in football, with there always being one or two players in each relegated side that’s more than capable of cutting it in the Premier League.
One man who certainly fits that bill is Sander Berge – the highly-rated Norwegian who arrived at Sheffield United for a club record fee of £20m last January.
Almost 18 months later, Sky Sports have revealed today that he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave this summer for just £12m following relegation.
Although he’s been unable to keep the Blades in the top flight this season, with him missing most of 2020/21 through injury, he’s a 6ft 5′, box-to-box midfielder who could offer this Newcastle United side exactly what we lack – presence, a cool head and the ability to carry the ball forward from deep.
He’s bound to receive interest from a whole host of clubs, but the 23-year-old talent is someone we should be taking a serious look at in light of this news.
With us set to be working with a limited budget this summer, leaving us looking at a host of free agents and another potential loan move for Joe Willock, this is one permanent deal well worth pursuing!