Newcastle United tried to sign Donny van de Beek from Manchester United and failed. Now the midfielder could be available again, and this time the Magpies must not make the same mistake.
During the last January transfer window, Newcastle were in a desperate position. The takeover changed the complexion of the club, with new investment planned to boost Eddie Howe’s squad.
However, plenty of teams wouldn’t deal with Newcastle and charged them crazy money. Meanwhile, other players were unwilling to take the plunge.
At the time, Howe’s side were in the relegation zone. They were one of the favourites to go down, and needed fresh faces to boost their survival hopes.
That is why Van de Beek was targeted on loan. According to the Telegraph, Newcastle did ask about signing the Dutch midfielder. However, he reportedly did not want to join a team that was in a relegation battle.
Van de Beek turned down a move to St James’ Park, and eventually joined Everton instead. Ironically, he ended up in a relegation battle there, with Frank Lampard’s side narrowly avoiding the drop.
Now Van de Beek is back at Manchester United but failing to have an impact, leading to speculation that he could leave again in January.
Newcastle tipped to make Van de Beek move
He has claimed that the Magpies hold an interest in the 25-year-old, with Howe keep to sign another midfielder in January.
“Newcastle is one option,” he said.
“They want a central midfielder, still, and I think he might fit the bill.”
While Jones might think Newcastle are an option, Amanda Staveley and co should steer well clear of Van de Beek.
Eddie Howe should not sign him
Newcastle have been exceptional in the transfer market since the change of ownership. They have signed players who improve the squad, both on and off the pitch. We have also added players who can grow at St James’ Park alongside the club.
Character is a huge thing for Howe, and that is exactly why Van de Beek should not be a target.
If he didn’t fancy Newcastle at the start of the year when the club was in a relegation battle, he shouldn’t be given another opportunity.
We are currently in sixth position and could possibly challenge for Europe. That makes us a lot more appealing to players. However, the ones who have already turned us down should not get the chance to benefit from the hard work of others.
Bruno Guimaraes took the plunge in January. He didn’t need to, but it is a decision that is paying off. Van de Beek didn’t, and his career in England remains at a standstill.
While he might be linked in the coming months, Newcastle would be making a real mistake if they decide to make a fresh move for the man who turned them down in January.