Must admit I was trying to work this one out myself driving home Kentish.
Currently at a team where he's regarded as a first pick, a team on the way up and chance of European football. Going to a team where he will almost certainly still be a first pick but may not get on so well with their style of football, a team looking to be on the slide and even possibly heading for the Championship.
Got to be more to it - something behind the scenes with the management (like you said), doesn't like it up north anymore or maybe just wanting to add to the bank balance with one more signing on fee?
i think with wellbeck and gyan doing so well he might be feeling like a slip down the peckin gorder is on its way. or at least he isnt the centre of attention . maybe this is a way of being in the spotlight . is he worried capello is noticing him again and a big money move will get him into the england team??? something not right or maybe greed is kickin in again with the current batch of footie stars.