With just one clean sheet since September, you can see why Newcastle United are in the hunt for new defenders during the January transfer window. However, according to the Daily Telegraph, they have failed to land versatile Manchester United defender Wes Brown, who has practically been an ever-present for the champions this season.
Brown will be a free agent in the summer when his Old Trafford contract expires having rejected the offer of a new deal to extend his 11-year service at the club.
Ferguson said before Christmas that Brown had turned down the club’s final offer but today stressed that the offer remains on the table.
“There was an enquiry from Newcastle about Wes and we turned it down,” Ferguson said.
“The matter rests with Wes and his agent. We’ll just wait and see what happens. Our offer is still there it’s now up to Wes.”
With Gary Neville on the comeback trail, the 28-year-old’s opportunities may again become limited at Old Trafford. Throughout his eleven years at the club, Brown has always struggled to hold down a place in the first team for a protracted period and surely that must be behind his refusal to sign a new contract this far.