Newcastle Transfer Update on Shawn Wright-Phillips

Chelsea announced yesterday they are willing to let Shawn Wright-Phillips leave Stamford Bridge for a fee of £10M. Newcastle are one of the teams linked with the ex Manchester City player – but is there any truth in this? We’ll take a look.


Shawn Wright-Phillips

While there is no doubt that Shawn was a good player when he was at Manchester City – the ridiculous price of £21M paid by Chelsea in July, 2005 was far too high for such a player – who found it very hard to ever be a starter in his two years at the London club. He has just not fared well at Chelsea – warming the bench like so many of their other expensive fringe players. However, he did start to show some form at the latter end of last season and still shows some deft touches – and certainly has speed.

The clubs being linked with Shawn are West Ham, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Liverpool, Newcastle and his former club Manchester City. But it’s clear that Newcastle, Aston Villa, West Ham and Liverpool – because of their new Billionaire ownerships – are always going to be linked with any reasonable player who comes on the market this summer.

It’s just not clear to us if this is paper talk – or whether there is a genuine interest to bring Wright-Phillips to Newcastle.

It is thought that Jose Mourinho wants to generate some of his own transfer funds so he can bring other players into his squad. Jose has already secured three free transfers in the form of Sidwell, Ben Haim and Pizarro – but is being given no additional transfer funds this summer by owner Roman Abramovich..

Wright-Phillips played 153 times for Manchester City from 1998-2005 scoring 26 goals and eventually appeared 54 times for Chelsea scoring two goals. He has played for England 12 times scoring once.

Is this paper talk or is Wright-Phillips a real Newcastle target? We would lean towards paper talk. Let us know what you think – we think other players of similar or greater ability will be available for a lot less than £10M – like Turk Gokdeniz Karadeniz for example – who is available for £1M.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 17, 2007 at 4:28 AM

    Comment #1

    what the hell can we do with wright phillips anyway? solano, dyer and milner all in for the same spot already. what on earth would be the point. besides he is just not worth 10 million. its not our fault the chelski paid out a stupid amount of money for the fella to start with. he is a 7 million touch i would think. now i would like a swap of dyer out and him in, that would be good buisiness for sure. anyway, i am not sure about him to be honest with regard to desire. he packed his bags and went down to the shandy drinkers even though every man and his dog (inc SWP) knew he would not get a look in. he went for the money and put it before a club that were desperate to keep him and where he was fast getting hero status. he chucked it all in for greed and stardom. na, bollocks to SWP. I have decided that all these blokes that go around wearing 100 grand diamond earings are not on the same planet as the rest of us and are nowt but prima donnas with self inflated egos. bunch of puffs that drip and moan when the going gets tough. Pls tell me that joey barton doesnt wear big dangly diamond earings. he ed, lets get a page going for all the puffs that wear dangly diamond earings.

  • Lin

    Jun 17, 2007 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #2

    craig-You are right.Wright-Phillips is a good player and I think he will shine at Newcastle. But we have Milner, Dyer and Solano, so we don’t need him unless we sell Dyer for a reasonable fee of 10M pounds. And solano may play either a right winger or a right full back, maybe as substitute. But Wright-Phillips doesn’t deserve 10M as we may have other good choice like Gokdeniz Karadeniz. Moreover, we need to build a team with loyalty and determination like Given. I don’t think Sam will pay 10M for him.

  • meh

    Jun 17, 2007 at 5:37 AM

    Comment #3

    well said we dont want any more cling on, we have enough
    miller is now our shining star along with taylor

    just hope we can tie these 2 down long enough b4 the londoners spot em

  • Blair

    Jun 17, 2007 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Why would we spend 10 mil on swp when a) we don’t need him as you all have said and b) we need defenders!!!! Think who we could get for 10 mil. We could get 2 very good experienced defenders for that and probably still have change left over. Sounds like Paper talk to me

  • jawad

    Jun 17, 2007 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Every season everyone says Newcastle needs good defenders and then comes some big signing which will sell Newcastle shirts and thats what the club goes for. Until the next season when everyone again says shit we need defenders but de ja vu another shirt seller! This time lets get some bloody decent defenders and not limit them to being English and under 25 years old. Its ridiculus! Middlesborough they finished above us this season not to mention and have actually won a trophy with tenth of our transfer kitty a few years back. They got Southgate who wasnt a young lad when he came in. I hope with the new owner our mentality will change and realise football has changed its a global market now just look at the top four clubs.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 17, 2007 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m sure Sam knows we need defenders – see that Curtis Davis is about to ask for transfer from WBA – they are quoting 6M and Tottenham interested – how many center backs do Spurs need? He would be good buy for the long term – and would form good partnership with Taylor – although both are a bit young.

  • chris

    Jun 17, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #7

    is it me….or is spurs linked with everyone we are linked with?, annoying

  • The Big P

    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    When we pick up a newspaper we turn to the place where there is a comment on Newcastle. It just so happens that there is at least something on almost Newcastle everyday, mmmmm. Given this fact you can only conclude that Alleydice is not very discerning at all, and simply contacts every available – or semi available – player known to man. Then when one of them says yes that gets in the papers also!!! I think the papers should read like this ………

    There is a 90% chance of Barton being a target of Newcastle.
    There is a 2% chance of SWP being a target of Newcastle.

    That is what the weather man does, it works for him.

  • The Big P

    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #9

    There is a 95% chance of the papers being full of poo.

  • haseeb

    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle, Portsmouth battle for Sevilla star Kanoute – June 16, 2007

    Newcastle United and Portsmouth are battling for Sevilla striker Fredi Kanoute.
    Kanoute’s agent Christophe Mongai told the News of the World: “It’s true Newcastle are interested, but so are Portsmouth.

    “There’s no concrete offer yet but Fredi is interested.”

    Kanoute wants to join a big club and fancies the Toon ahead of Pompey.

  • SS

    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    The Big P – Ha well said- your right there is a 95% chance I will still turn to the rumours section of the paper each sunday to see who we might be buying though..

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    haseeb – i am working on an article on Kanoute right now ! hang on.

  • haseeb

    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    btw…we dont need SWP…we already got the next star of da england national team in james “the rocket” Milner

  • kev

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree with hasseb, we don’t need SWP at Newcastle and think Kanoute would be a great bit of business. Just make sure we sell Ameobi as he’s obviously not good enough for the black and white stripes of the toon.

  • DC

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #15

    I totally agree with craig (first post). We dont even need SWP or anyother right-sided midfielder! If we sign Kardeniz for £1million, then i would say the attacking part of the team is done. We should get some decent defenders in asap cos thats all we need atm..

  • Ian

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Hmmm….aren’t you just adding to the paper talk by doing a story on SWP or Kanoute when you don’t have any new information?

    If there’s no news to print do some more funny quotes – I liked them and they don’t get our hopes up at the article title only to find there’s no substance inside.


  • Cathal

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    swp is a much better player than karadeniz, and we hav the money to buy him, but i wonder is it a clever move seeing as we shud b concentrating on defenders! and as sum1 already pointed out, we hav dyer and milner! if BSA plans to use nobby and keiron as right backs, then i believe SWP wud b a brilliant signing, but we dont want an overload of right wingers! and i reckon keiron dyer wud b best if deployed on the right wing and we brought in that £6million rated Sagna dude!

  • reggie22

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #18

    i cant see any truth in the kanoute deal if sam is not willing to spend 5mil on bains why would he buy a player who in my opinion was crap in england he is great in spain but haven’t we heard that story before please steer clear he is no way 7mil !

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Ian – not really – because we say we think it is paper talk – so we squash the idea. We are trying to sort out the wheat from the chaff – in terms of news.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    regiie22 – just put an article up on Kanoute – but more worried about what that means for Owen.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Ian – glad yopu liked the quotes – how about this one from Bill Shankly:
    “When I have some time I look down the table to see how Everton are doing”

  • reggie22

    Jun 17, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #22

    if we were to sell owen for 9mil would it not be good to sound out defoe he is young and although not in the same bracket as owen he has proven with a run of games he does score goal.he cant be happy with spurs biddding for every striker around and bein a bench warmer last season we know he is good i may jump at the chance of a fresh start at a big club with the chance of more regular football cos lets face it u aint got much chance behind berbatov if only newcastle could find and absolute gem like that but maybe a center half !

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 17, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    We dont need Kanoute…Id rather have Sevilla’s Dani Alves if you are going to blow some money, blow it right.

  • john marshall

    Jun 17, 2007 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t think you can count solano and dyer as reasons for not getting swp as one is crap and the other is getting long in the tooth so I for one would think swp as a good addition to our sqad.

  • nightfall

    Jun 17, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #25

    john…getting him would be a waste of money…you forgot milner:)


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