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Everton enter race for Newcastle renegade

Despite claims from the defender that he wants to stay at the club, Newcastle defender Danny Simpson appears likely to move onto new surroundings this summer with Everton reportedly interested in his signature.

The 25 year-old made a magnificent 40 starts for the North East outfit last season in what was an impressive Newcastle back four.

Many have put Simpson’s decision down to money, alleging that the former Manchester United prospect hasn’t put pen to paper on a new deal because of his excessive wage demands.

Simpson continues to defend himself saying that he wants to stay with the club and, when quizzed by the Mirror, stated: “I’m not a greedy player and I just want to be on par with the other players around me. In football terms, what I’m asking for is by no means outrageous,”

He goes on to say: “Over the last two years I’ve played nearly 80 games and started most of them. I’m not being greedy, this club is on the up, the manager and staff are brilliant – I want to stay.”

Whether the news regarding his contract is true or false, it looks almost certain that the full-back will leave the Sports Direct Arena this summer and Everton have emerged at the top of the list of suitors.

Tony Hibbert has tied down the role of full-back at Goodison Park for a very long time but at 31 years-old, it seems only a matter of time before the veteran gives into his age.

Simpson is currently valued at around £4m and while Everton’s transfer budget isn’t a massive one, this particular deal should fall within their line of possibility.

The defender has just one year left on his contract with the Magpies and rather than lose their player as a free transfer, Newcastle would almost definitely receive a fee while they can.

Alan Pardew has supposedly already lined up Matthieu Debuchy as a replacement for the departing Simpson, adding fuel to the news of his departure.

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