Exclusive claims Newcastle in for Robert Snodgrass
An exclusive on Thursday morning claims that Newcastle have made a move to bring in Robert Snodgrass in January, with the player said to be open to the idea of dropping down temporarily to the second tier.
Obviously we are to be faced with more transfer stories than we can shake a stick at in the coming days & weeks – but this one is certainly a potential move that ticks a number of boxes.
Robert Snodgrass is clearly by some distance Hull City’s best player and he scored the goal in the League Cup quarter final and then successfully took the first penalty in the shootout, as Newcastle exited the competition.
A versatile attacking player who can play as an orthodox winger, as a number 10 behind the main striker, or as part of an attacking three behind the centre-forward, there is no doubt that the Scottish international would add something to the Newcastle squad if he came to St James Park.
Amongst the total chaos that existed at Hull City in the summer, the player has been allowed to drift into the final year of his contract with no new deal agreed, meaning he could leave for nothing in June, or the club can trade him in during January.
If letting him go then it will surely write off any remaining hopes of staying up, Robert Snodgrass has scored five (plus two in the League Cup) of Hull City’s feeble 14 goals in the Premier League, with the next highest scoring two.
The exclusive in The Star says that the player would be willing to drop down to the Championship in the hope/expectation of an instant return, just as former teammate Mohamed Diame has done.
Rafa Benitez has stated regularly that pace is an important factor when he looks at players and despite turning 30 next September, Snodgrass would certainly bring extra zip to the team.
A big plus of course is that as well as looking more than capable of helping Newcastle in the promotion run-in, the Hull City star would also be a ready made player for the Premier League if Newcastle go up, something which will surely be an essential in any player(s) Rafa considers in the coming window.
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