Special offers are usually reserved for the supermarket, but Aston Villa might just be able to buy two Newcastle United players this summer and get one free as Villa manager Alex McLeish lines up a triple swoop from the Magpies.
Alan Pardew’s Newcastle are heading into Europe next season, but there’s still plenty of players that he’s looking to offload from his squad. Three of those men could be Danny Simpson, Leon Best and Danny Guthrie, with Aston Villa reported to be interested in all three.
According to the Sun, Newcastle have offered Simpson as much money as they are prepared to and as the right back has turned down their offer of a new deal, the Magpies will look to get rid of the former Manchester United trainee at the end of the season. The Journal even understands that Simpson has recently changed agents in order to force a move if necessary.
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As for Leon Best, the Irishman has fallen a long way down the pecking order. Senegalese duo Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are Pardew’s preferred front two, then there’s Geordie hero Shola Ameobi as backup and with another striker likely to be brought in before the new season, Best’s opportunities on Tyneside will be limited.
Aston Villa have also been long term admirers of Danny Guthrie, and with the Newcastle midfielder’s contract ending in the summer, McLeish will be looking to add to his worryingly thing squad without having to get the chequebook out.
So, Aston Villa could well end up securing a triple swoop from Newcastle as they buy Danny Simpson and Leon Best, and get Danny Guthrie free. The Magpies would also get some more cash from sales of fringe players to strengthen their squad, which is never a bad thing.