Dave Posted June 10, 2009 Share Posted June 10, 2009 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/newcastle/article6474444.ece June 11, 2009 Ashley wants speedy clear-out at Newcastle Newcastle United have received a number of inquiries relating to the availability of their first-team squad members in the 48 hours since it emerged that every player would have his price this summer. On Tuesday The Times revealed that offers would be considered for the entire playing staff as Mike Ashley, the owner, continues in his attempt to overhaul the relegated side before a £100 million sale. However, Newcastle officials have distributed a definitive list of individuals they would prefer to move on at the earliest opportunity, in the hope that a core of the club’s best players can be retained for the Coca-Cola Championship campaign. Managers at home and abroad have been told that a number of Newcastle players with considerable first-team experience are available for transfer with immediate effect. The sale of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Jonás Gutiérrez, Gérémi, José Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Obafemi Martins, Shola Ameobi and Xisco is seen as a priority. It is hoped that Newcastle can generate enough income to prevent the sale of prize assets including Sébastien Bassong and Habib Beye this summer. Nevertheless, Ashley and his advisers accept that they are in no position to turn down any reasonable offer for any player. Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring Bassong while Newcastle expect approaches for Beye and Steven Taylor before the defenders report back for pre-season training on July 1. Yet all three are rated highly by the club and there will be no move to encourage any of the trio to leave St James’ Park — in contrast to those listed. It is understood that First Artists, the agency, is already talking to clubs on behalf of Newcastle, with a view to finding buyers for Coloccini and Gutiérrez, the Argentina internationals, and Barton before the end of the month. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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