We could have almost forecast that some paper in January would say Newcastle United was after Nicky Shorey, the strong Reading left back, and the Independent today says we are.
Nicky Shorey – solid left back at Reading
We had been linked with Shorey in the summer with Sam Allardyce, but the England International at that time decided to stay at the Reading club. However reports we read yesterday suggest Kevin Keegan is not too keen on our Spanish left back, Jose Enrique, although we thought he’s had two good games against Stoke and Bolton. They are just reports and may not be true, of course.
The news also that Kevin may want Wayne Bridge at the club and perhaps Marek Cech of Porto, has also been mentioned. So left-back seems one position Kevin wants to strengthen. Certainly N’Zogbia is wasted there, and we’re sure Kevin will want to use Charles in a more attacking position.
Nicky started his career at Leyton Orient, for whom he played 15 times before moving to Reading in 2001. Nicky has played 252 times for Reading and scored 11 goals. He has two full England caps and one England B cap â€“ all picked up last year. Romford-born Nicky is 26 years old and stands 5’9″ tall.
We need at least one other left back to fight it out with Jose for the starting position since Babayaro left the club. The news today on Celestine is that he has just signed for the LA Galaxy on a 3 year deal. So he’ll be managed by Ruud Gullit and have David Beckham as a team mate.
West Ham are also said to be interested in Shorey.
Nicky may be in the mix again at Newcastle – what do you think?
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