Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle United and Manchester United have agreed to a fee that would see Danny Simpson join Newcastle on a permanent basis. The Toon and Man United have been at differing ends over the value of the full-back but it looks like the two clubs have agreed to terms. It is likely that Danny Simpson will have a medical tomorrow before putting pen to paper on a two three-and-a-half year deal.
There was also a report earlier on today from the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder which said Newcastle were after Nottingham Forest midfielder James Perch. I’m quite happy to be proved wrong, but I believe that this one is pretty much a non-starter, just like the reports that had us signing Wilshere from Arsenal on a 5 month deal (stranger things have happened – this is Newcastle United after all).
The club today confirmed the signing of Danny Simpson by releasing a statement on the official website:
NEWCASTLE United have completed the permanent signing of Danny Simpson for an undisclosed fee from Manchester United.
The 23-year-old has been on loan at St.James’ Park since August of last year and has impressed during his 22 appearances this season.
Simpson pens a three-and-a-half-year deal with The Magpies and will continue to wear the No.12 jersey.
Manager Chris Hughton told nufc.co.uk: “We’re delighted to complete a permanent deal for Danny.
“Danny is a very popular lad in the dressing room and he took no time at all to settle in.
“He was always a player we wanted to keep at the club and he was very keen to stay given how much he’s enjoyed his time here.”