Ambrose signs for undisclosed fee
Yesterday wasn't a day for transfer talk, even though a Geordie mate of mine spotted on the Newcastle official website
that we had agreed terms for Darren Ambrose. The completion of the deal today sounded a formality with Curbs saying that "from the first time I met him he wanted to come to us and that is a big bonus."
And clearly his friendship
with Darren Bent made the deal all the more sweeter for all parties.
But it is Curbishley that Ambrose credits the most for the decision: "It was the manager here that convinced me to be honest. I think he's a great manager; every job that comes up his name is always there and with the England job, his name is there."
Makes Matt Svensson's recent comments look a bit hollow doesn't it?
The new signing also gave us an insight into the current transfer market situation, and how hard the club are working behind the scenes to secure players: "It's been going on a while now - about a month or so - and I didn't think I would be coming at one point."
The transfer fee, thought to be around £1.5m, has not been disclosed. This probably being the work of Richard Murray, who learning from last year seems intent on keeping his budget very close to his chest.
I have seen Ambrose play a few times and I like the look of him. He is still only 21, can go round players and scores goals from anywhere in midfield and a clear hunger to push his career on would have impressed Curbs.