Sky Sports News understands that Newcastle United have opened talks to take 28 year-old Jonathan Woodgate back to the Tyneside, and they are at an advanced stage.
Middlesbrough are also willing to let their center-back leave the club for around Â£9M.
Jonathan Woodgate – holding talks at Newcastle
Middlesbrough appear to be willing to let the England defender depart The Riverside, since they appear to have good cover in central defense, and willing to let Jonathan move back to Tyneside to join the new Keegan revolution.
Woodgate could have joined Newcastle in 2007, but the news at that time was he wasn’t at all impressed with then manager, Glenn Roeder, and opted to go to his home town club, where he had spent the previous season on loan from Real Madrid.
However, Woodgate is said to be unsettled at Middlesbrough and we wouldn’t be surprised if he has let them know he’d like to leave and join up with Newcastle United again. He was at the club under Bobby Robson and he makes no secret of the fact that he loves both Newcastle United and the fans.
With young David Wheater and Roberth Huth performing well and Chris Riggott and Emmanuel Pogagtetz, also available, Southgate may have decided he can do without Woodgate, which is good news for Newcastle United.
Woodgate spent a season and a half at Newcastle through August 2004 – when Real Madrid paid more than Â£13M to secure his services. That was just weeks before Freddy Shepherd sacked Bobby Robson.
Tottenham are also interested, but a deal with Newcastle is very advanced, and Jonathan is reported to have already met with Newcastle officials in the last 48 hours.
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan handed Woodgate his England debut in 1999, and is a big fan of the Middlesbrough born center-back. A fee of around Â£9M is being quoted, which is the same fee Bobby Robson paid for him, exactly 5 years ago this month.
We think Woodgate will be Keegan’s first signing at Newcastle, and he will be a good one, as long as we can keep him fit. We should probably think of keeping those injury experts Sam hired in the summer.Â Â 😀
What do you think?