St James’ Park side look to secure deal to snap up Parkhead captain
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has earmarked a move to snap up Celtic midfielder Scott Brown by convincing the Scottish international to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Magpies in January.
The 26 year old is likely to leave Parkhead when his contract comes to an end on May 31st next year and despite Bhoys boss Neil Lennon’s attempts to get the midfielder to agree a new deal the Dunfermline born former Hibernian man a move away from Celtic is on the cards.
Brown is thought to be very keen on a move to the Premier League and a number of interested parties have reportedly been scouting the Celtic man in recent months. The likes of Tottenham and Everton are also said to be keen but Newcastle United’s good start to the campaign may well help persuade the Scot to agree a deal to move to St James’ Park.
Some sources state that Celtic have offered Brown a new four and a half year deal that they hope he will sign before the January transfer window opens but it seems that a move south of the border may trump that offer.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is reticent to make a cash offer to Celtic in January as he would prefer to pick up the player on a free transfer in the summer but if Pardew would hope that if a pre-contract deal is not secure that Ashley would give him the funds to make an offer to the SPL club to help secure the player in the transfer window.
Celtic must decide if they are willing to allow their captain to leave for nothing in the summer or consider offers for the talented midfielder in January, a decision that may be easier to make if they have not continued to close the gap to league leaders Rangers by the time the transfer window re-opens.
Brown is in his fifth season at Celtic and has racked up 169 appearances and 15 goals in a spell that started with a domestic title but then three successive runners-up finishes in the SPL.