BigÂ news today is that both the Lancashire Evening Post and the Manchester Evening News are reporting that Newcastle are in for Leighton Baines of Wigan.
With the news released by Sam yesterday that Newcastle had putÂ many bids in for players – this rumour may beÂ close to being trueth. But Everton have always been favorite to get the youngster, who isÂ reported to be willingÂ to join them.
Both papersÂ reported last week that Smith was headed to Newcastle but only if and whenÂ Dyer was sold â€“ and they turned out to be spot on – so they do have some credibility.
Leighton Baines – on his way to Newcastle?
If he come we’ll get him the new strip – but only if he comes here
While Baines is not tall at 5’7â€ he is nevertheless one of our best up and coming youngsters in the country and a teammate of Taylor and Milner on the England Under-21 team.Â HeÂ has performed very well for Wigan Athletic in the Premiership so in that sense is a tested player andÂ can only get better – especially if he comes to play at Newcastle under Big Sam.
Baines has been strongly tipped to join Everton in the next 48 hours in a Â£5M deal but Sam Allardyce is trying toÂ scupper Everton’s plans.
Baines however is still said to favor a move to Everton but has toldÂ close associates that contrary to reports, he is willing to uproot from the north-west should an appropriate opportunity arise.
We think with all the giants Sam has brought in or is bringing into the club, Â Baines’ height is now less of a concernÂ than it may have beenÂ a few weeks back.Â Also it would be good for Sam to bring in some promising youngster to the club to balance the 30 year olds he has brought in to increase the required experience in the squad. With Sam’s growing reputation for meticulous planning heÂ may have already identified the longer studs he will have LeightonÂ wear if and when he joins the club.Â Â
Let’s look at Leighton’s playing history butÂ be clear â€“ Baines or Shorey were always the Newcastle fans’ top choices for left back – at least on this site – and if we can get Baines into the club it would be another massive success for Super Sam and Newcastle management.
Leighton Baines is 22 years old (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.Â 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 with 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.
Comments very welcome as long as they are civil with decent language because we have lots of youngsters who read this site – thanks.Â