DANNY Simpson’s proposed move to Wigan Athletic broke down at the 11th hour – after Newcastle United rejected a £850,000 bid for the defender.
And the defender’s now focused on ending his career at St James’s Park on a high.
Simpson – who will now leave the club in the summer when his contract expires – has recovered from the broken toe he suffered in December’s 7-3 defeat to Arsenal, and is working his way back to full fitness.
However, the 26-year-old will find his route to the team blocked by new signing Mathieu Debuchy, who is now United’s first choice right-back.
Simpson, knowing his long-term future lay away from Tyneside, was ready to reluctantly call time on his three-and-a-half year career at St James’s Park last month.
And Wigan were leading the race to land Simpson, signed by Newcastle from Manchester United, initially on loan, in the summer of 2009.
However, the two clubs couldn’t agree a fee, and the proposed move fell through late on transfer deadline day.
United, according to sources in the North West, were demanding more than £1m for Simpson, and Wigan – owned by Dave Whelan, a former business rival of his Newcastle counterpart Mike Ashley – wouldn’t up their offer.
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