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Cat's want Nicky

 

 

Oct 26 2006

 

 

By Lee Ryder, The Evening Chronicle

 

 

 

Roy Keane was at St James' Park last night to run the rule over his former Manchester United team-mate Nicky Butt in Newcastle United's Carling Cup clash against Portsmouth.

 

The Sunderland manager took in the first half of the rain-soaked affair and left before Butt was subbed on the hour.

 

Keane and Butt, of course, are close pals from their days at Old Trafford together and the pair would have no problems linking up again.

 

Butt would be an ideal signing for Sunderland and would bring them much-needed steel to their midfield.

 

 

However, there are two snags for the Wearsiders if they wanted to pursue any interest in the ex-England midfielder.

 

 

Firstly, Butt still has a season and a half left to run on a lucrative £40,000-a-week contract after arriving from Manchester United, which may be beyond Sunderland's wage structure.

 

 

With Glenn Roeder's squad still wafer-thin, there is also no way the Toon boss would allow Butt to leave at the moment without adequate cover for Scott Parker and Emre - who he regards as his first-choice midfield men.

 

 

However, if that situation was to change and United did bolster their squad, Butt could be allowed to go in January either on loan or for a fee.

 

 

Roeder would still think long and hard before making a decision because he remains a big admirer of the man he worked with during his England career and he did not complain in the summer when he welcomed back Butt after a loan deal to Birmingham fell through.

 

 

 

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Guest Gemmill

I think he's decent cover.  Perfect for something like last night.  If we don't have a player like that then Emre or Parker will be playing every game which isn't feasible.

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Guest Invicta_Toon

I wouldn't pass up any oppurtunity to shaft the mackems

 

at a decent price mind, they've just been taken over donchaknow  blueyes.gif

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Guest toonelaide

FYI

 

Butt's stats this season:

 

6 starts, 6 subs, 7 wins 4 losses

 

and in games he's been involved either starting or as a sub the team has scored  16 times and conceded 9 times, keeping 5 clean sheets

 

Obviously he's missed some tough games and its the collective effort of the team but that suggests he's making his contribution

 

 

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He'd be good for them.

 

I hope we get £1m for him, or its not worth it.

 

Still think we should sign up Bramble now, and still try and sell him in jan or next summer, he's worth £1.5m to someone.

 

Let's hope rumours start up for Carr, Babayaro & a permanent move for Luque.

 

Clear out that dross, allow Moore to return home at the end of the season, and all the deadwood will be gone.

 

Ameobi, Ramage, Harper should stay as back-up (unless we can get £1m for Harper to allow Krul a chance) plus they provide homegrown for UEFA register.

 

 

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