According to The Mirror, Newcastle United’s new owners have a plan in place to tempt BOTH James Tarkowski and Ben Mee to Tyneside in January.
The report states that we are prepared to hand the centre-back duo a huge pay-rise, offering to double their wages – which are believed to stand at £50,000-per-week at present.
Both are out of contract at the end of the season, meaning next month may be Burnley’s last chance to receive any cash for either.
It’s said the Clarets have no interest in selling key players in January – especially not to relegation rivals. However, it seems Newcastle are hoping the lure them in with huge contract offers, believing it would not only bolster Eddie Howe’s back line but also weaken their survival hopes.
Personally, I think there’s no chance both will arrive next month. After all, they’d almost certainly go down if they lost their captain and two first choice centre-backs – and they’ll value their place in the Premier League above the one-off fees they’d receive from us in January.
Money talks and they might just push for a move if they get tempted in by the pound signs, however it seems far more likely that they stay loyal to Burnley until next summer; where pay-days would be on the horizon if they were to leave as free agents.