Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has told the Daily Star he could make a move for Wigan’s Leighton Baines.
As we all know Sam, along with the rest of Newcastle’s new management, are working incredibly hard to bring in defensive reinforcements ahead of the new season and a new left-back is one of Sam’sÂ top targets.
We are signing Jose Enrique from Villareal next week and we thought that may rule out a move for Leighton. But obviously Sam wants even more strength is his squad especially at our problem position of left back.
Leighton Baines – next big signing for Newcastle?
Leighton Baines’ future at Wigan has been the subject of intense speculation all summer long with the player snubbing a move to Sunderland after holding talks with the North-East club. We know Sam watched Leighton during the EuropeanÂ Under-21 tournamentÂ earlier this summer and there was speculation even then that he was a Newcastle target.
We think Newcastle have already lodged a bid for Leighton of around â‚¤5M but thought Everton were alwaysÂ favorites since Leighton had said that’s his preferred club. But we also said if Sam ever gets to talk to Leighton anything could happen because all can see how Allardyce and the Newcastle Board are determined to build a solid squad this summer with all the dramatic transfer dealings yesterday. We also know that Baines told friends recently he would move from the NW if a suitableÂ opportunity was offered to him. Maybe Newcastle UnitedÂ is that opportunity.
The Newcastle transfer momentum is now huge after yesterday and it wouldn’t surprise us if Baines now wants to come to Newcastle. Hopefully his England Under-21 team mates James Milner and Steven Taylor have already been on their cell phones to him â€“ if they haven’t they need to
Wigan rejected a player plus cash offer from Everton for the England Under-21 international a few days ago and it appears Newcastle are now engaged inÂ the bidding for Baines with Allardyce said to be a big admirer of the talented full-back.
This is what Super Sam told the Daily Star today:
“Leighton Baines might be a possibility,”
“He hasn’t moved from Wigan yet and we need a defender.”
Don’t beÂ surprised if Baines is a Newcastle player within the next few days â€“ all good players want to join a club obviously on the move andÂ Newcastle have left nobody in doubt as toÂ their intentions regardingÂ the club’s future.
Couple this with the incredible facilities and fantastic fan base already at the club with 52,000 screaming Geordies supporting the team at every home game â€“ and even some of us old supporters are thinking of getting the boots out to give it a try (but cannot find them)Â Â
Comments always welcome â€“ is Leighton ourÂ next big signing?