Alan Hutton claims that boyhood Newcastle United fan Mark Gillespie will have mixed feelings as the prospective takeover threatens his ‘Amazing’ move from Motherwell this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back believes the 28-year-old goalkeeper will be conflicted by the potential departure of Mike Ashley.
As reported by The Athletic, the Newcastle-born shot-stopper was on the brink of agreeing a pre-contract deal at St James’ Park before the Coronavirus pandemic and takeover talk put the move on ice.
While PCP Capital Partners’ takeover bid could result in a change in fortunes for the Magpies, Hutton insists that lifelong Toon fan Gillespie will be feeling divided by the prospect of new owners.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s very difficult for him. On one side of the coin, you see your team getting great investment and getting rid of the baggage if you like and moving forward. However, is it going to harm your chances of going?
“Some of the players that the media are mentioning at the moment, even manager-wise – I love Steve Bruce – but we’re talking about Pochettino and stuff, giving him millions per year.
“Everything will be up in the air at the moment. It’ll be difficult as a player with that hanging in the balance – whether you’re going to go or not. Fingers crossed for him – it would be an amazing thing for him to go and play for his boyhood club, he’ll be desperate for it to happen.”
Martin Dubravka is currently the first-choice shot-stopper on Tyneside, with Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman behind him in the pecking order.
Elliot is set to become a free agent this summer, while Woodman is heading into the final year of his current contract at St James’ Park.
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