The Daily Star is today saying that Newcastle United are set to launch an Â£18M bid for Michael Carrick of Manchester United.
Michael Carrick – local lad said to be target of Newcastle United – great!!
The midfielder was born in Wallsend, and played for the famous Wallsend Boy’s Club, and was capped for the England Boys’ club side at that time. At that time he was a center forward but he then moved to West Ham United in 1998 at the age of 17. That’s when Michael started to play in midfield.
Alan Shearer was of course another player who left the area for another club, Southampton, after also playing for Wallsend Boy’s club, and he even had trials at Newcastle too. 🙁
Carrick moved from West Ham to Tottenham Hotspur in 2004 for Â£2.5M and then moved to Old Trafford in 2006 in a huge transfer from Tottenham Hotspur, said to be around Â£18M. His first season saw him surprisingly establish himself as a part of the first team lineup at the Red Devils.
But this season has not been so successful due to injury and also the acquisition of Owen Hargreaves has seen him in a rotation system.
He still may be too important to Alex Ferguson, and as such any potential bid from Newcastle would have to be a good offer. But we think Newcastle would be willing to splash the cash to bring our local boy back to Newcastle United. Carrick is a perfect midfielder that can fit into Kevin Keegan’s free flowing style of play.
We also think Michael would be excited to come to Newcastle, since he was a youngster who watched the club when Kevin Keegan was last at the club.
While at West Ham Michael was part of the Hammers’ Youth team, which won the FA Youth Cup final in 1999. Michael helped West Ham to a 9-0 victory over Coventry City at that time, scoring two goals himself. Joe Cole was also in that side. Michael made his debut for West Ham in August, 1999 at the age of 18 and stands over 6’2″ tall.
Carrick, 26, has 13 caps for England and took part in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Moving to Newcastle United would also only help his chances of playing more for the England team.
But here is a perfect example of how the club have let many of the top North East youngsters leave the area for other teams. Chairman Chris Mort is determined not to let that happen in the future, and the fans will be very pleased to hear that.
Michael played 136 times for West Ham United scoring goals and played 64 times for Spurs scoring 2 goals. Michael has so far played 51 times for Manchester United scoring 3 goals.