Newcastle Signing Jonathan Woodgate


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 £9M.

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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 £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 £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.   😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


159 comments so far

  • Howie

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #1

    if we can keep him fit and with woodgate its a massive if. him and taylor is a superb combination imo

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  • Tom from Aus

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #2

    i like woodgate and i think he is a great defender. im happy to have him at newcastle but we are going to have to sell another CB because now that woodgate is joining nufc their is going 2 to be 7 CB. We dont need that many.

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #3

    I have always rated JW very highly, in fact if he hadn’t had his injury problems I don’t think there would have been a better CD for the England team sheet.

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  • Jamie G

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #4

    perfect. i think a left back is needed, riise would be awsome but i think wayne bridge would be more economical. this pandev guy looks sum player as well for up front, or just behind the strikers. the future looks bright, the future looks black and white.

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Given

    Beye Taylor Woodgate enrique

    =
    Fantastic- competent

    Given

    Beye Faye Woodgate Enrique

    =
    Immence- very tough to crack

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  • johnny

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #6

    I live in Middlesbrough and know what goes on behind the scenes in terms of his off the field activities and believe me we should’nt touch him with a barge pole. To say he has ‘refuelling issues’ as Graham Taylor put it would be the under statement of the century.

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  • stk

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #7

    hope he joins again, and stays fit! nice one kk!

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #8

    and the defence will be black and white- get it symmetry and balance is what we need!!!

    either way, i think Taylor will profit immensly from Woodgate or Faye- Faye is more die hard and more powerful

    But woody is so cool and composed…(when fit)

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  • Andy1

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #9

    9mil is way too much. How can they ask that when they paid less. Since then he has had a few more injuries and hasn’t played that well. Boro don’t even need him at the moment.

    It would be a risk and we could probably get better but Keegan must see this as a way of getting the fans excited because we all loved him first time around – when he wasn’t injured.

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  • DC Toon

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Woodgate would be fantastic if he signs. He is tough, good in the air, and doesn’t seem to make the mental mistakes that seemingly plague every other chap we’ve thrown back there. I really hope we get Pandev as well. Things are looking up at Toon.

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  • Ketsbaia

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d love to see Woodgate back at the club! if we can get him and Pandev in now, then I think we can congratulate Kev for some great work early on, it all bodes well for some great transfer activity in the summer.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #12

    echo that on keeping him fit ,
    if he stays fit he’s exactly what we need , genius move by keegan … if he stays fit .
    dont like the sound of paying more than the smoggies did , dont like them thinking they got one over on us .

    surely he’s not still on the drink(n other stuff) johny ? thats why bobby sold him on i heard .

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  • wsq

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #13

    we still need a left back urgently..enrique still on a learning curve

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #14

    johnny is that sour grapes??

    although he does have heavy bags under his eyes! but im sure he would have been tested and found out if that was the case

    now please, you may go back to your boro cavern!!! this for black and whites only!

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  • toon barmy

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #15

    be a great boost for the defense, someone to help taylor lead the line, just hope he cuts his hair tho!!

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  • Griff

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Pros – english, tough and talented

    Cons – expensive, injury prone and has long hair

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #17

    encore encore Jamie G

    “the futures bright, the futures black and white”

    me hopes jimmy so, me hopes jimmy!

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  • Gordon d

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Would be great signing but £9 mill what about Ameobi as part of the deal.

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  • neil09

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Woodgate is a quality player and injury free,consistently, we should jump at the chance to have him back. However, is it a wise move to have the most injury prone player in history back at a club that has the worse injury record in history?

    30 million rumoured transfer budget,

    9 mil – Woodgate
    11 ml – Pandev

    Remaining 10 million on Joey Bartons lawyers fees.

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  • bob

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #20

    9 million may be too much but to be fair its not too much for us anymore the value of money doesnt matter just aslong as we get class players and woodgate is one of those and we cant complain after sellin him 4 13 mill

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  • J

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #21

    great player but sounds bit to much money to me

    But we need a good experienced cb and he is that

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  • Beastie

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #22

    look marvellous gettin woody bk but can we give them 5 million and get rid of clown in part x!!!

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  • johnny

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #23

    To the ‘Black in the black and white’, you misunderstand I’m black and white through and through its just that I have the extreme mis fortune to live in Smog land due to my job and that how I know what goes on!!

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  • Jon

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Woodgate and Faye in the heart of defence…wow!!!!!

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  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Forget the £9m fee. Mike and Mort can well afford it. If it goes tits up, then they’ll just splash the cash on someone else.

    Woodgate is well worth the gamble. Best defender ever to play for Newcastle in the modern era and still a good 4 years left at the top of his game.

    Considering we were looking at Campbell and Hypia, this is a far better option.

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  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #26

    apologeese Johnny

    forgive me !!!

    so spill the beans boy!

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  • Howie

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #27

    james totally agree. hes one player i never wanted to leave. yes his fitness is a risk but its one thats worth taking imo

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #28

    i’ll only take him for 9M if he cuts he’s hair, he looks like a junkie………. hmmmmm………………

    Nevertheless a major signing if we get him, but to be honest i am pretty pleased with our current defense and would prefer a midfielder. Up until now, besides Carrick, no one has been linked with us…i’m a little worried about it tbh.

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  • paul the pom

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #29

    woodgate used to be a boozer and hung around with the wrong crowd,but that was before his dramas in leeds .looks like he’s matured now so could be worth a punt

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  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #30

    ToonKing – its actually good to see Keegan sorting out the defense first. Get it right at the back first, then recruit all the attacking players in the summer for the Gung Ho footie we’ll play next season.

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  • Petworth Mag

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #31

    bit pricey for a drunk

    rather spend it on Kompany

    DC Toon, where do you hail from mate?

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  • Aussie dave

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #32

    fantastic player, Newcastle barely lost a game in the 18 months he was at the club, when he played.
    Would be a great signing if he can stay fit, he appears to have played a fair bit for Boro over the last 18 months so go get him.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #33

    James i don’t think there is anything in the defense needing sorting.

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique –> seems very solid to me.

    They just need a good midfield in front of them.

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  • Petworth Mag

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Yea come on Johnny, bit of gossip to end the day on.

    Familiar with his holiday exploits…knocking himself out while trying to break a liquor bottle over his head while nursing a leg injury but what’s he been up to in Smogsville?

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  • neil09

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Maybe with his signing on fee he can buy us all a pint or two and make us all forget his ‘hic’ rumoured off-field problems.

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  • Petworth Mag

    Jan 23, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #36

    nm

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  • Big Geordie Poppa

    Jan 23, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #37

    Sounds a bit daft, considering he costs £9mil, but signing him would mean we had ideal cover for the CB position. In the past, Taylor and even dare i say his name ………… Titus ………. did not have to work to keep their place in the team, but with woody back, any CB in the club would have to work to keep their place. If he is injured most the season, then there are decent replacements, but he brings competition to the team, and confidence to young taylor, if needed.

    Excellent idea KK

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  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Toon-King – yes that back four is good enough in my books too. However, you always need cover in each position. And I’d rather have Woodgate than Cacapa or Rozenhal.

    As for Woody’s drink problems, if he stepped out of line at Newcastle it would be dealt with.

    Anyone realise we are starting to collect the Leeds team of old, Woodgate, Smith, Viduka, Milner…

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  • ToonUSA

    Jan 23, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #39

    If we are going to spend 9 mil on a player i would not want to worrie about him being able to stay fit. the biggest problem with our defence is that we never seem to have the same back 4 playing week in and week out. You get a guy that gets injured all the time then thats more inconsistancy and more problem in the long run. I say spend the money on a new striker and a fast creative RM….

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 23, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #40

    He would make a good captain too – played for the club before foe experience, loves the club, fans like him, and from center back he can see everything.

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