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Newcastle Transfer Update on Leighton Baines

10:26 am, Friday, August 3rd, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

Big 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 put many bids in for players – this rumour may be close to being trueth. But Everton have always been favorite to get the youngster, who is reported to be willing to join them.

Both papers reported last week that Smith was headed to Newcastle but only if and when Dyer was sold – 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 5’7” 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.  He has performed very well for Wigan Athletic in the Premiership so in that sense is a tested player and 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 £5M deal but Sam Allardyce is trying to scupper Everton’s plans.
Baines however is still said to favor a move to Everton but has told 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,  Baines’ height is now less of a concern than it may have been a few weeks back.  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 he may have already identified the longer studs he will have Leighton wear if and when he joins the club.   :D

Let’s look at Leighton’s playing history but be clear – 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.  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. 

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Howie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    I still think he wille end up at Goodison Park as he went to their game during the week against Bremen even though Wigan were playing the same time although if Everton keep delaying on bidding for him we should jump right in. Him and Drago would have us definetly covered for left back next season.

  • 2 Howie // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Sorry meant to say will not wille

  • 3 Dave // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:40 AM


    I think you’re right and he’s more likely to go to the Toffees. If we can get him though it would be a real coup. A left back, I repeat – left back – with all the potential of our own Taylor. Over a few seasons it could potentially form one of the greatest defences ever seen in the premiership!

    Fingers crossed then.

  • 4 Midjew // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    It would be a great signing HOPEFULLY we will get him,

    Looks like we are in for Drag Now according to Sky Sports:,19528,11095_2638462,00.html

    But hopefully he will be backup.

    What a DEFENSE NOW!!

    Baines – Cacapa – Rozenhal – Taylor

    how about that???

  • 5 Dave // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    There’s this on a Wigan site

    Sounds like a whole load of clubs are watching closely. We might just have the edge, being to offer the full £6mil.

    Come on Morty, get the cheque book out :-)

  • 6 james // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    i also believe cacapa can play right back if needed meaning you can push taylor into centre.

    baines would be a quality signing, please get him sam

  • 7 gordon // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    153 games and 8 goals not good enough.

  • 8 stelios s // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    153 games and 8 goals not good enough.

    hahahaha..he is f….. left back!!!!!!wake up

  • 9 Dave // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:56 AM

    Gordon – we’ve got 6 strikers, a pitch full of goal scoring midfielders to do that. 153 games and 8 goals is not a reason to not sign him! He’s a quality youngster who will develop brilliantly under Sam. We have to try to get the boy.

  • 10 george t // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    well said stelios!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 11 stelios s // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    If we can get Baines and Drag I would really love our first eleven

    Baines – Cacapa – Rozenhal – Taylor

  • 12 roscoe // Aug 3, 2007 at 10:59 AM


    He’s a flippin defender and a good one! not a striker…

  • 13 stk // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:08 AM

    baines and drag! then we’re ready!

  • 14 aaron // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    hopefully we pull this one off, cause although cacapa, rozenhal and drago(if he signs) are quality players none have premiership experiance. Baines would be a great signing,

  • 15 David Hart // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:16 AM

    A real promising talent. Right age too and proven in the Premiership. A coup if we can get him.

  • 16 LiamBirchy8 // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    cacapa, smith 6m, drag 2.5m, baines 6m, faye 1.5m and diop 3m then we are sorted!

    19m, Mort must be able to offer Sam this.

  • 17 bema9 // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    “153 games for Wigan scoring 8 goals.”

    Sounds similar to the ratio of a striker/attacking midfielder called Mr. Dyer!

    Sign him up Sam and get rid of that useless Baba. Let him get his groins massaged elsewhere!

  • 18 Canyon // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Not looking too hopeful,reckon everton will get him.

    But if we got all three Cap,Drag and Baines.

    We would certainly be looking potentially very strong, coverwise.

    They all obviously have to perform, but at least we wouldnt be relying on Ramage, Huntingdon,Carr,Baba and Bramble like last season.

    Any chage would be good news

  • 19 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:32 AM

    I would prefer Baines to Dede because he’s slightly better defensively. I have always rated Matthew Taylor but Baines is probably the next best thing to him.

    Dede would be excellent going forward, similar to Taylor in that respect but Baines would be ideal because of his age and possible future England career.

    He will only get better. Away Morty get another £6 Million out of Mikes wallet! :D

  • 20 Craig Allen // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Wait … is he not injured? hamstring or something?

  • 21 Tez // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    I dont thing the Faye tranfer is going to happen – signed new deal at bolton didn’t he. Get Sol Campbell instead :).

    Hope to see Smith and Cacapa unveilled today – maybe even Drago (altho unsure just how far along that deal is). Then Baines and Diop soon.

    If we get Diop surely Geremi will be our new right back?

  • 22 StevieA // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    The Drago deal is almost done. The player has said that he can’t turn the move down and as far as I know the fee has been agreed too (£2.5 Million). Which is a very good price for a player with his vast experience and talent.

    These signings will really improve the team and get rid of the ‘negative’ vibe from the fans and commentators. I am so tired of hearing pins drop!

  • 23 david veitch // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:05 PM

    It’s looking like we will be feared by most teams this season, a real defence, tigerish midfield with goal scorers amongst them and an absolutely lethal front line .
    Sam’s also angry because his players are not fit enough and this is causing a lot of the injuries.
    Revolution, you better believe it!

  • 24 Tom_Toon // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Baines would be a good signing, but id prefer Malik Fathi :>

    I cant believe people are saying Drago is a back up for Baines, that is a stupid comment to make, most of you must not have seen Drago that much, and his experience will come in handy.

  • 25 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Probably not the most reliable source for specualtion, but are claiming that newcastle are set to make a £2m bid for hyppia and offer him a 2 year contract.

    If we keep buying defenders at this rate we might end up with too many!!!;)

    Now wouldn’t that be ironic!!

  • 26 gordon // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Sorry Chaps i could not resist.

  • 27 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    new defense

    Baines Rozey Taylor Geremi

    with players like Drag, Capaca giving us plenty of options.

    i think the baines deal is very much in the balance, to my knowlegde (Very limited knowledge) Everton havent even lodged a formal bid but only expressed interest, if we get a bid accepted and we can offer better wages than the Toffees, and surely Baines must look at the teams and think…. hmm… whos got the better players? also, im sure Sams gift of gab and managerial pedigree is a million times better than Davey Moyes (im not knocking Davey, but BSA IS THE MAN!!)

    also, someone debated with me yesterday that Chris Mort said we wont spend big when i mentioned 30 million for Terry…. well the person should look at this story,,10278~1083417,00.html


    ‘We Will Spend Big On Right Players Says Chairman’

    once again, i feel vindicated in my comments that we havent spent money because the players Sam wants arent available, as i said if players like Terry or Rio Ferdinand were available im sure we would at least enquire about them.

    £10million spending cap? i bet you guys who were saying that feel a bit silly now!

  • 28 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:34 PM

    Rich, i reckon the centre backs this season will be cacapa 1st choice alongside taylor and rozenhal rotated. from the way he is talking up cacapa i think allardyce sees him as the main man in defence. also wouldnt be too surprised to see taylor play at right back to learn off/watch 2 more experienced cb whilst still getting game time.

  • 29 Tom_Toon // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Capaca can also be a RB he’s played there a few times and wasnt to bad, hes quicker than you’d expect as well.

  • 30 Darren // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    How can I feel silly rich? – I still stand by my comment that our net outlay will be around the 10m mark and nowhere near the figures you mentioned (30m on one player – what are you on?). I never said there was a 10m cap, I said our net outlay would be around 10m.

    You failed to include Morts comments “we aren’t going to spend for the sake of it” and “this club has wasted too much money in the past”

    If you want to play Championship Manager then go ahead but this is real life, our debt is too big (fact), we finished 14th, we are not in Europe, in other peoples eyes we are not a big club. That is why we will struggle to bring in world class players. All we need to do this season is qualify for Europe then push on again next year.

    Remember Ashley & Mort have just taken over, they aren’t going to splash out huge sums when they haven’t even looked at the business in full, we are only spending our TV money at the minute.

    However come January maybe some of Ashley’s cash will be ploughed in as transfer funds.

  • 31 Mick G // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    I’ve said many a time on this site that Leighton Baines would be a brilliant signing forNUFC.I see that Wigan are short on strikers at the moment ’cause of injury.Offer £6m and Andy Carrol on loan to be reviewed in January and it might tip the balance.

  • 32 Hammy // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Taylor can certainly play right back, did we not play 4 centre halves against Palmero last season and that was a terrific defensive performance, however things went back to normal once back on British soil……..Taylor would make a great right back and his height would be useful for set pieces…….
    lets wait and see.

  • 33 Darren // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Smith just signed 5 year deal now

  • 34 Darren // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:05 PM,,10278~1084227,00.html

  • 35 apan // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:18 PM

    5 years deal, with baines coming in all those young bloods seems like we are heading to the right direction, cant wait for the new season, now are seriously contenders for the euro spot, bring on Bolton!

  • 36 Darren // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Yeah it seems there is truth in the Baines story and we desperately need a LB. If we could just clear up the injuries our squad would be looking fine.

  • 37 apan // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    sell babayaro, his on 60k per week and doesnt justify that extra bill and well carr if we get drago and baines

  • 38 Hadji // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:36 PM

    If he has his sights set on Everton i wouldn’t want him in Newcastle.Let him go there.I want players who will wear the colours of Newcastle with pride.

  • 39 AB // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Apan, agreed. Sell or mutual termination (contract of course ;))

    Baines has looked a good prem player for as long as Wigan have been there, be great to get him signed. Bit sceptical TBH tho as he’s just had another sprog and upping sticks to the NE doesn’t look like it suits. Hope BSA proves me wrong

  • 40 Craig Allen // Aug 3, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    I blame shoddy reporting for the recent spate of conclusions being jumped to … not really anyone’s fault for following an article and accepting it as gospel. These reporters are supposed to be doing their jobs …

  • 41 Neil W // Aug 3, 2007 at 2:05 PM

    Babayaro is on 60K??????????????

    Really. Baba? 60K.

    Anyone care to join me in a sustained egg based protest outside Souness’ house?????

  • 42 Keep Oba // Aug 3, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    153 games and 8 goals not good enough….idiot…..who cares as long as he prevents alot of goals like Newcastle defenders have always seemed to have had problems doing….also if he doesnt get injured every time he gets out of bed like babayaro and others…thats a plus too..but there is probably no pleasing you …poor Wigan though..lose Baines and gain Bramble…ugh

  • 43 Bosck // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    keep oba – i think gordon did point out later he was only joking with the “153 games and 8 goals not good enough” comment.

    would be happy with baines or shorey at lb.

    although a nagging worry was starting to get to my optimism a couple of days ago, the last couple of days has blown me away, if (fingers crossed) by the end of the transfer window our signings are:


    and then add big Papa Bouba Diop to that i will be unbelievably happy about our summer transfer activity. anymore than that may just be too much for me to take!!!!

  • 44 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:34 PM


    i apologise for maybe sounding condoscending… i was at work and stressed and i just re-read what i posted…. think i should stop posting at work?

    all i meant was Mort says ‘We will spend big on the right players’ to me thats says they are willing to splash the cash… i know in reality we couldnt land the worlds best players at the moment… but if Man utd offered a player 50K a week and we offered them 150K a week then i think European football would be irrelevant to the player. it also means we arent going to pay 9million for Curtis Davies etc..

    To me when our chairman says ‘we will spend big on the right players’ means we have more than a net outlay of 10mil, im not saying we are going to suddenly spend 40mil next week, i just mean that more than 10mil is available IF needed, thats why i used the illustraton of Terry & Ferdinand.

    anyway, i think were starting to split hairs here… we obviously have money and we are signing players so were both happy toon fans?

  • 45 Tom Cairns // Aug 3, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    I cant remember where exactly i read it but i heard that we were jumping in on Evertons 5m bid for baines which was expected to be tied up withih next two days. if thats true surely if we are in for baines we would find out pretty soon. The idea of having that list by Bosck is much more than i was hoping for….and with two weeks of the window left.

    If Sam was gonna make a big money signing what position do you think it would be in?

  • 46 Rich // Aug 3, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    ^^ i dont think hell make a very big money signing until next season, i dont think the right players are available at the moment, im hoping youll see Diop, Baines (hopefully), Drag & i hope another player… Sam did say 3 or 4 next week so fingers crossed the fourth one is another versitile defender.

  • 47 ende // Aug 3, 2007 at 11:08 PM

    “Baines has already snubbed Sunderland and Everton, but the Chronicle revealed in May he would jump at the chance of coming to Newcastle, and this is still the case”


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