Chelsea central midfielder Steve Sidwell has recently been lined up with a return on loan to Reading â€“ the club he left just 6 months ago for the London giants.
Steve Sidwell – loan deal on the cards in January?
At that time Newcastle United were even favorites to sign the 5â€™10â€ central midfielder, and we think Glenn Roeder had a verbal commitment from Steve. But when Roeder was sacked, there was a little turmoil at Newcastle, and Sidwell plumped for Chelsea instead.
The midfielder, who is now 25, joined Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer, but that was only after rejecting a new contract to become the highest-paid player in Reading Football Club’s history.
When he joined Chelsea not many pundits thought that was a wise choice by Steve, because of the world-class midfielders Chelsea have at the club. They wondered how many games he’d get, and thatâ€™s essentially turned out to be true. Sidwell has started just 6 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
Reading manager Steve Coppell is looking to get Steve back on loan in the January transfer window.
But why wouldnâ€™t Steve be a target for Newcastle United?Â An initial six months loan would seem a good deal on both sides. Newcastle could take a look at him through the end of the season, and Steve could see how he fit in at the Tyneside club, so he wouldnâ€™t be making the same mistake he made plumping for Chelsea.
Thereâ€™s little down-side for Newcastle and it seems to be a win-win for both the player and Newcastle United. Other clubs interested in Steve appear to be both Sunderland and Portsmouth.
What do you think? Is Steve a good loan signing for Newcastle through the end of the season?
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