Geordies down - Butt not out

Last updated : 26 July 2004 By Nicky Bremner
Newcastle are reportedly set to sign the England international by Friday.

The price remains the stumbling block as Manchester United are considering another Newcastle United offer believed to be in the region of £2.5 million.

The Reds are desperate to recoup some of the money that they spent on strikers Louis Saha and Alan Smith and would like a deal closer to £5 million.

If the Geordies were to land Butt it would be a disappointment to local lad Michael Carrick. The West Ham midfielder has never held back his desire to return to the club he supported as a boy.

The Nicky Butt-Newcastle saga has dragged on so long. I still hope we get him though - we don't really have a holding midfielder anymore after the departure of Speed. Voice your opinions on the messageboard.