Newcastle Reportedly Chasing Leighton Baines of Wigan

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is reported to be after Wigan full-back Leighton Baines.

That doesn’t surprise us – if it’s true – because he has been one of our choices to come to Newcastle to fill the weak left back position. He’s young, ambitious and a team-mate of Milner and Taylor in the England under-21 team.


Leighton Baines


The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Sam Allardyce wants to sign the young left back as a step towards rebuilding our back four – which has been poor for several years now.

With Wigan under new management – there is bound to be some unrest among the players – and this would seem a perfect time for Newcastle to nab Baines – which we feel would be an excellent signing for us.

Baines is 22 (23 in December) and made his debut for Wigan Athletic in 2002. After that he soon became an established member of the Wigan Athletic team.

He was a regular when Wigan earned promotion to the Premiership in 2004-05, when he scored his first goal for the club, a spectacular strike from long-range against Ipswich.

Baines committed his future to Wigan in February 2005 despite being linked to a number of Premiership clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton, and then extended his contract after impressive displays in his first season in the Premiership.
He is known for a terrific left foot and has played 153 games for Wigan scoring 8 goals.

While we cannot confirm the truth of this rumor – it certainly makes sense and we sure hope it’s true.

We’ll keep you posted on this and other developments. 😀

6 comments so far

  • reggie22

    May 21, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    at last a quality defender !

  • James

    May 21, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #2

    too right i would expect alot of competiton 4 his signature though.

  • James

    May 21, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3

    I rekon we should get baines and davies from west brom and then another right back that would be a great improvement to our defence.

  • Ed Harrison

    May 21, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #4

    James – there should be a few good right backs available – how about Luke Young of Charlton – could now be available since Charlton relegated. Or Liam Rosenior of Fulham. 😀

  • reggie22

    May 21, 2007 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #5

    i am of the feeling if we could capture leighton pos curtis davies and at a fream micah richards just let them play together for a few seasons and for sure u could have englands back 4 in 4-5 years it would suit club and country it makes me think back to arsenals glory days with an all english back 4 why not we got the money we know sucsess wont be instant but least they will all give 100% i know i dream 3out of the 4 r more than possible and we could buy sol cambell and play taylor right back ! comments ?

  • Ed Harrison

    May 22, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #6

    reggie22 – love it !


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