Magpies boss Alan Pardew hopes to win the race to bring Old Trafford squad player to St James’ Park.
Newcastle are attempting to hijack Darron Gibson’s proposed £5million move to north-east rivals Sunderland.
The Manchester United midfielder has been given permission to open talks with Sunderland after the Premier League champions accepted a bid last week.
But Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will match Sunderland’s offer in the next 48 hours and attempt to persuade Gibson to snub their arch-rivals.
The 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international accepts he has no future at Old Trafford.
Yet he remains undecided whether joining Sunderland, managed by former United defender, Steve Bruce, is the right career move.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Alan Pardew has been given a shoestring budget by Magpies owner Mike Ashley and as such has to be clever about the way he invests what little funds he has been given and a move for Man United midfielder Darron Gibson may well be a wise one. The young Ireland international has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford and 23 years old realises he needs first team football in order to avoid scuppering his career.
Newcastle United have of course lost captain Kevin Nolan to West Ham and are hoping to avoid the loss of Jonas Gutierrez, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton. Pardew has picked up some bargain freebies in the former of Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba but it seems the St James’ Park boss will not be handed a large chunk of the £35m the club garnered from the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January.
Gibson is a talented midfielder who is known for his long range shooting ability and could well be a steal if he can indeed be snapped up for as little as £5m and some sources state that a move to Newcastle United is the more likely destination for the Derry born man.
Sunderland are also targeting Gibson as well as his fellow Man United colleagues John O’Shea and Wes Brown.