Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that discussions regarding Danny Simpson’s new contract have been suspended until the new year.
The right-back is a key part of the Premier League side’s defensive unit, but with his current deal due to expire at the end of the campaign, there are serious doubts about his long-term future.
However, Pardew revealed that Simpson’s plans rely heavily on the club’s fortunes in the January transfer market:
“Danny will have to wait and see what happens in the window,” He is quoted as saying by ESPN.
“The club has most players on long-term contracts and Danny is the exception to that.”
The 25-year-old has allegedly turned down a £25,000-per-week deal to extend his stay at the club, leading many to believe that ‘The Toon’ may look for a replacement during the winter.
It’s been rumoured the club may make another approach for Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy during January as a replacement. Pardew actively pursued the Frenchman during the summer, but was unable to conclude a deal despite the player openly wanting to move to St. James’ Park.
If Simpson does find himself forced out, the likes of Aston Villa and Fulham have been suggested as potential interested parties.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Pardew believes that Simpson is a useful member of his squad:
“He is underrated by our fanbase, but his defensive work is important,
“Defensively, he can deal with a wide player.”