Predominantly a right back, the 24 year old can also play in the center of defence and has covered various positions across the midfield at points in his career. So, a utility player then, although one who is apparently held in high regard by manager Billy Davies, who quickly signed Nick Shorey as temporary cover whilst Perch recovers from a long standing shin problem.
You’ll forgive me for not getting over excited over us being linked with a player who has played the majority of his games in League 1, and perhaps this shows the level of ambition being shown by our current owner!
If it’s a right back we are after so desperately then why don’t we pull out all the stops to secure Danny Simpson? Fair enough, he didn’t have the best of games last night, but every player has a below-par game once in a while and Simpson has been largely excellent during his time with The Toon. Manager Chris Hughton is still confident of landing the Salford lad in a £500,000 deal, with fresh talks scheduled today. Hughton said:
“Danny’s one that we’re still working on.”
“I’ll have to see him, but officially, he’s a Manchester United player until it’s decided otherwise.”
“We’re still working and making decisions.”
“The most important thing is to bring in the lads we need in the areas we need, and we’d like to do that as soon as possible.”
With now only 13 days left of the current transfer, time and options are running out quickly. I don’t expect much movement, but I would have thought Simpson would have been a dead cert and one of the earlier deals signed and sealed in the transfer window.
At the moment, despite Hughton’s early tarnsfer window promises, this transfer window is quickly getting a familiar ring to it!