Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Have No Need for Ferguson

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Have No Need for Ferguson

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NEWCASTLE United's age policy has scuppered Barry Ferguson's hopes of joining them, writes STUART RAYNER.

The former Scotland captain is looking for a new club after Birmingham City were relegated from the Premier League last season.

He had been attracted by the prospect of playing for the topflight's most northerly club, and asked his agent to inquire as to whether Newcastle would be interested.

But the question met with a swift response due to the midfielder's age.

The Magpies' contract disputes with Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton centred around the fact both would be into their thirties when the contract extensions they wanted expired. Nolan was sold to West Ham United, while Barton will hold out for a Bosman free transfer when his deal expires next summer. Barton is 28, Nolan has just turned 29.

At 33, Ferguson does not fit the profile of player manager Alan Pardew is looking for. Newcastle want to add greater energy and mobility to the midfield - criteria which worked against Nolan.

Victim of a fractured kneecap during an ill-fated spell with Blackburn Rovers in 2003-04, Ferguson has modified his approach to become more economical. Newcastle, however, are looking to replace Nolan with another player who can pose a threat by arriving late in the box - the type of player the Scot used to be.

Ferguson may instead try his luck with Sunderland, but their pursuit of his pounds 5m team-mate Craig Gardner would make that highly unlikely. Meanwhile, Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has told Neil Taylor he has turned down Newcastle's bid for his own sake. The Magpies were given permission to speak to the left-back after activating a pounds 1m clause in his contract. The player have agreed a five-year deal but Swansea are holding out for more money, arguing that Newcastle's pounds 1. …

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