Hammers winger reveals Newcastle snub.
West Ham new boy Stewart Downing has revealed that he nearly joined Newcastle this summer, but was rejected for being too old, according to the Daily Mirror.
The England international had a disappointing two seasons with Liverpool and looked likely to be sold in this transfer window. In the end, he said that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce’s enthusiasm to sign him persuaded him to move to Upton Park.
However, he had considered an offer from Newcastle, though he explained that their strict transfer policy meant they were unsure whether to push a deal through.
“There were things going on in the background and Newcastle enquired about me,” said Downing.
“But it sounds like their owners are similar to Liverpool on transfer fees and wages and the player’s age.
“That all comes into the equation, and I think that was obviously a problem for Alan Pardew.
“It was a move I was interested in and I looked at it, but when I spoke to Sam Allardyce he wanted me straight away. He pushed the boat out to get me, and there’s nothing more you want as a player.”
This news may frustrate a large section of Newcastle fans, who feels the club should have been more active in this summer’s transfer window, with the loan signing of Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy the only major addition so far.
Alan Pardew’s side only narrowly avoided relegation last season, and could still use star player Yohan Cabaye, who is a target for Arsenal and PSG.