FRINGS TO ARSE AFTER TOON SNUB?
Posted 17/07/08 13:10
Newcastle have reportedly turned down the chance to sign German international Torsten Frings, who is now eyeing a move to Arsenal.
According to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: 'Frings' agent spoke to United executive director of football Dennis Wise yesterday and offered him the 31-year-old Werder Bremen star, who can operate anywhere across midfield.
'But sources in Germany say that Frings' people did not receive much encouragement and are now looking to offload their man to Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger having lost Mathieu Flamini and now Alexander Hleb.'
Quite why Frings' agents would go to Newcastle ahead of Arsenal is unclear, but United's reason to turn down Frings (his age) is also likely to be a stumbling block in any interest from Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal famously have a policy of only offering short-term deals to players over 30, but with a dearth of defensive midfielders on the market, perhaps they could make an exception to the rule.