Another new signing close and awesome Lambert quote
It’s still amazing me how much business we’re doing, and according to the Daily Mail (I love my late night gossip), we’re apparently on the verge of signing another one only half way through July. Amazing I know.
The latest to be mentioned is Danny Simpson, who to be fair has been talked about before and is no real surprise. The story concerns another linked player Chris Gunter, and here is a bit of text from the piece that should clear a few things up:
‘Premier League new boys Reading are finalising a £2.5m deal for Nottingham Forest’s Chris Gunter.
The Royals had been in for Newcastle’s wantaway full-back Danny Simpson, but the 25-year-old is now expected to join Aston Villa.’
Of course we should always take these reports with a pinch of salt, but the language is a lot more definitive here with the report making it sound like it’s a done deal. Guess we’ll soon see either way, and having just landed in America it might make deals a little bit more difficult to complete, though I guess in this day and age things can be done simply enough.
Regarding Simpson I’d be happy enough. Good age, played a decent amount of games for Newcastle and likes to attack which fits in well with the Lambert philosophy. Newcastle have much publicised interest in Debuchy and I’ve seen reports saying Simpson could be available for £2 million as he refuses to sign a new contract.
We have of course just signed Lowton from Sheffield United but it seems he is flexible playing right back or centre-back, and with Lichaj as well it be more than welcome to have some quality options and some added depth.
The other little tidbit tonight concerns Jean Makoun and his on-going work permit issues. He was left out of the squad traveling to the States, presumably because of said issue and apparently the problem concerns Makoun’s inability to speak English (according to the Mirror).
Apparently you need to pass an English Language test to be able to get a work permit which is fair enough I suppose. I just hope a matter like this doesn’t stop a player many of us want to see back at the Villa before he’s really been given a chance. He looks talented and whether this is the issue, or there are some other things happening, I just hope we find out either way. I’d love for him to be given a proper chance at the club.
Finally I will leave you with this wonderful Lambert quote that you can’t help but love, especially after the dross we were served last season:
“We’ll try and play football – I don’t like long ball.”
The man continues to do no wrong!