Newcastle United have thrown themselves into the race for the signature of Crystal Palace wonder-kid, Victor Moses. United offered an initial £1.5million for Moses, last night, matching the bid made by West Bromwich Albion.
The striker has been tipped for a bright future ever since making his first team debut at the age of 16. Palace, who are in administration, will be looking to raise as much cash as possible for the youngster who has also previously been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Moses, who was born in Nigeria, was snapped up by Crystal Palace after being spotted playing in a local league. He did not take long to impress scoring 50 goals for Palace’s under-14 side. During the 2007/08 season, aged just 16, Moses was handed his first team chance by manager Neil Warnock and by the end of that season he had scored his first goal. He has been in hot form this season with 6 goals so far.
With Palace in administration, clubs will be hoping that they can land the star at a cut deal, a situation that Palace will undoubtedly be aware of. West Ham are also believed to have made a bid, which would include a smaller initial fee which would rise over the years, but Palace are not keen as they are in desperate need of funds immediately.
Newcastle and West Brom will both have to battle with a large number of clubs including Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Stoke City.
Both clubs may be asked to raise their bids to £2million for the player Palace value at around £4million. Moses is rumoured to prefer a move which would involve immediate first team football, an indication that may favour the Championship sides. The player’s agent, Tony Finnigan, indicated that no Premier League club has made a bid yet.
Speaking to The Journal Finnigan said “At the moment there are three clubs that are interested and they are all Championship clubs but there are others who have been mentioned as well, such as Manchester City. The interest of Nottingham Forest and West Brom is well documented but I don’t know whether any Premier League clubs would be prepared to take a punt on a kid who has not played in that division yet”
Time is not on their side and, with just a number of days left until the close of the transfer window; Palace’s desperate situation seems to favour the bidding clubs. The question is…where will he end up?
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