Hughton wants Simpson stay
Chris Hughton has reiterated his desire of keeping on-loan Manchester United defender Danny Simpson at Newcastle.
Last Updated: 19/01/10 3:07pm
Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has reiterated his desire to keep Danny Simpson at the club.
The Manchester United full-back was due to return to Old Trafford on Tuesday after a reported £500,000 move fell through.
But both clubs are thought to have agreed a fee and Hughton is still hopeful of keeping the 23-year-old at the Championship leaders on a permanent basis.
He revealed further talks were due to take place on Tuesday with the player, who has previously spoken of his desire to stay at the club.
Hughton told the Newcastle Chronicle: "Danny's one that we're still working on.
"Once he's out on that pitch, he's a very committed player who will give everything.
"I'll have to see him, but officially, he's a Manchester United player until it's decided otherwise.
"We're still working and making decisions. The most important thing is to bring in the lads we need in the areas we need, and we'd like to do that as soon as possible."
Hughton was suitably impressed with Simpson's performance in the 2-2 draw with fellow Championship high-fliers West Brom at St James' Park on Monday.
He added: "I thought he was excellent.
"He was up against a very good, free-flowing player in Jerome Thomas. He's a good athlete and runner, but Danny was there, and we sorely needed him."