Woodgate Added to Newcaste Targets


One of the best English center-backs in the country is Jonathan Woodgate, who was at Newcastle United when Bobby Robson was manager, so why isn’t he a player we are after in the January transfer window?

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Jonathan Woodgate – nothing happening at Middlesbrough

Well, we may be after him after the Evening Chronicle revealed today that Middlesbrough are half expecting a bid coming from Newcastle, for their England center-half.

They do not come much better than Woodgate, who has had fitness problems in the past, but has played 46 times for the Tees-side club since joining them in the summer of 2006, initially on loan from Real Madrid.

It was Kevin Keegan who first capped Woodgate for England against Bulgaria in 1999, and Kevin still rates the Middlesbrough-born defender highly. Jonathan just turned 28 years old yesterday.

Middlesbrough have not done very well since Johnathan joined them, and he doesn’t seem to get too much publicity these days and is rarely in the England squad. Middlesbrough are hardly well supported with poor gates at the Riverside, and maybe Jonathan would entertain the idea of joining the new Keegan revolution on Tyneside.

The word from Middlesbrough is that Woodgate is somewhat disenchanted with life at the Riverside Stadium, and that doesn’t surprise us much. Since he joined them he’s gone nowhere in his career, for one so good. While he only turned out for Newcastle 28 times he was one of the best center-backs to pull on the famous black and white striped strip.

If we cannot get Jonathan in January watch out for him in the summer, where he can link up with Viduka and Smith, his former tea mates in their younger days at Leeds United.

Jonathan has 6 England caps, and played for Leeds United 104 times scoring 6 goals from 1998-2003, before he joined Newcastle exactly 5 years ago this month.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


69 comments so far

  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Bear in mind that the Woodgate story was started by Anal Oliver, not Newcastle, or even Woodgate’s Agent.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2

    James – right – but it’s good it’s been put out there – it may get Woodgate thinking about his career – which doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for a player so good. 😀

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  • gingergeordie

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    should never have been sold to madrid

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  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    ED – I love Woodgate and think he is the best defender I’ve seen in black & white. But why sell a player for £13 million to then have to pay almost the same amount to get them back.

    Of course if we had to pay £10-12 million to get him back and he stays fit for the next 3 years then it would be an amazing signing.

    The thing about Woodgate when he was playing for us, you could just relax cause you knew he would deal with whatever attacking play came his way.

    He reads the game better than any English Defender

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  • toon1978

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Best defender i have seen in a black and white shirt when fit, would love him to come back and bring in Van Buyton aswell.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #6

    PANDEV!

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  • malaysian toon

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    we made good profit selling him to real madrid… the problem was we didnt get any replacement for him then

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  • windsz

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #8
  • Greg P

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #9

    The best defender ever to pull on tha black and white shirt, but I doubt very much whether ‘boro would dare sell him in the transfer window. Certainly should be targeted in the summer though (and I agree for more like £8-10m)

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  • toon1978

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #10
  • Glenn

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Not another crock, we already have one in Owen.
    Yes he is a brilliant defender but not for us.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #13

    toon1978 – Pandev doesnt look half as good on youtube as he is in a game situation, hes adds so much to the team, not just scoring goals, but setting them up.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed, if Viduka and Smith are still playing for us at the start of the next season, I will be amazed. Their time is up, they are past their sell-by dates.

    Use them in exchange for a good player or 2; use Owen as well, if we get a great player (or 2) in return for the 3 of them.

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  • Kash2

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Woodgate was sold to Real because of something that happened in his personal life which he was doing with his then g/f Kate Lawler (who I had the pleasure of meeting and I totally realised that the story of woodgate was true) that Bobby Robson caught wind of. Just like the reason why Andy Cole was sold to Man Utd after KK caught wind of something similar.

    White Lines anyone????

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  • Tez131

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Boro signed him for £7mil – i would offer £7million. Test their resolve..
    Or even better Ameobi and some cash…

    “Boro boss Gareth Southgate is a fan of Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi and a deal involving Woodgate to the Toon could see the striker go in the opposite direction. ”

    He was top class when fit for us, now he seems to have put his troubles behind him.

    But yet again another rumour out of nothing.

    I am just hoping for at least 2 players to help the squad until end of season.

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  • Ashton

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Pandev is far better than chikhaoui imo

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  • toon1978

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Tom_Toon that is good to know lets hoe it aint just talk because thats ll thats happened lately.

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  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Kash2 – read Bobby Robson’s book, the sale of Woodgate had nothing to do with white lines.

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  • paul p

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    what did i tell you all about woody eh. yeah i no its come from oliver, but there must be some truth in it as if you look at south shields gazzette and football 365 which does not tell porkies that much its on there as well. bring him back. him and taylor at the back will be some defence.

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #21

    cant offer more than boro payed for him !!! , he’s injury situation is no better , he’s not played cos of cramp .
    and as our kev would say ….

    ‘In some ways, cramp is worse than having a broken leg.’

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  • tdt

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #22

    taylor-woody partnership sounds amazing to me!!!!!!!!!!!! hope its true

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #23

    I dunno cos Bayern want Chikhaoui and Pandev for the same position, Chikhaoui is better in midfield, Pandev is better up front. Both got pro’s and con’s, id be happy with either.

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  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #24

    What you have to remember more than anything about Woodgate :

    He was so impressive for Newcastle that Real Madrid (who can afford any defender) choose Woodgate over anyone else.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Woodgate coulda been a legend, but couldn’t get across the only white line that counts!..Still worth a punt tho’!..

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  • Kash2

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #26

    @James – Thats just what I know, as do most of the taxi drivers in Newcastle!

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  • broon ale

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #27

    this is lies because alan Oliver started it, I have just emailed him to tell him too. Ed, you should not use his storys for blog.

    any people wanting to tell Alan Oliver to jump off the tyne bridge can email him on alan.oliver@ncjmedia.co.uk

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  • Kash2

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #28

    Class defender though, was the better half of the Ferdinand-Woodgate partnership for Leeds that went to semi’s in CL.

    Who’s this Chikhaoui bloke? Is he really that good?

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #29

    LOL!..Nice one broon ale, keep putting it out there bro, Anal O-lover-Mackem!..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #30

    Kash2, you’ll see Chikhaoui and hopefully Chermiti (if he aint banned) tonight vs our Senegal boys.

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  • broon ale

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #31

    punk skunk, its funny you call him mackem, the football team i play for has the odd mackem playing for us.. they looked up alan oliver somewhere and found out he used to be a member of a sunderland fan club.

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  • paul p

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #32

    we need to start and make signing’s as there is only 8 days left. They will have identified the names they want. Woogate will be either the 1st of second. I can see Dean Ashton been one of them. I can also see Carrick being allowed to leave Man U. Scholes is nearly fit, they have anderson, hargreeves, giggs, oshea who can play there, fletcher too, so I think they may let one of their midfielders go. Carrick may not have played that much had hargreeves been fit and there’s evidence to suggest that, so that could be another. I hope we manage to get bentley. he is someone who can put a good ball in the middle. also can create something and also is a dead ball specialist as we all saw when we went to blackburn in december. left back also is what we require either shorey or bridge. notice how all the players I have mentioned are english too. he is looking for english players with premier league experience who can all better our team, well these are better than what we have. then in the summer, we can get more additions, plus some youngsters in, we could then see a significant difference.

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  • Kash2

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Breaking news

    “Alan Oliver has been arrested on suspicion of INCEST. Police have evidence that his wife is actually his sister!”

    Typical mackem thing to do!

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  • Hadrian

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #34

    tom_toon , we have no chance in getting chikhaoui if he plays well tonight . scouts are having a field day at the acn , zidan was good last night 🙂

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  • Kash2

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #35

    I really liked the look of that black fella from the Ghana game!

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  • paul p

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #36

    woodgate story on talk of the tyne

    http://www.rivals.net/news/pgarticle.aspx?artid=2483_3073123

    and football 365

    http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8652_3073161,00.html

    p.s

    am not sticking up for anal oliver either. he is a anus and full of you no what.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    broon ale, well who woulda thunk it!..It totally rings true doesn’t it?..Is that gospel or are tou just trying to ‘ruin’ his already tattered reputation?..Funny as…mate, nice one!..I’ll have to mail him again & ask him!..

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  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #38

    paul p – Carrick will be coming in the summer. Not in jan.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #39

    D’ya think Carrick will come?..Do we want him?..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #40

    ahaha Kash.

    Hadrian – Chermiti is almost the same player as Zidan, but younger and will be better, watch for him.

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