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Woodgate – Decision Time – Spurs or Newcastle?

10:26 pm, Friday, January 25th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

Jonathan Woodgate will have to choose between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, after Middlesbrough accepted an £8M bid from Newcastle for the player tonight.

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Jonathan Woodgate - Tottenham or Newcastle ?

So both Newcastle and Tottenham have now met the price for Jonathan, and both the Magpies and Spurs have spoken with Woodgate today, Friday.

There is also a very slim possibility Jonathan will elect to stay at the Tees-side club, but reports suggest he’s been offered around £65K/week at both Spurs and Newcastle United, and Middlesbrough may find that hard to match.

Kevin Keegan said of Woodgate today:

“He’s one of a number of players we’ve talked about.”

“ I’m not surprised others are interested.”

“He’s a great leader. He’s 28 and I gave him his England debut and know him well.”

So it is a straight choice for Woodgate to make – should he join Spurs or should he return to the team he has already played for – Newcastle United. It’s also a good thing that Jonathan listened to both sides today, rather than just to go with the first club. That’s good thinking on Woodgate’s part, because he had nothing to lose.

Whatever decision Jonathan now makes is OK with us – because we only want players who want to play for Newcastle United – so if he elects to go to London and Tottenham – good luck to him.

But we think he’s going to plump for the Magpies and join the new Keegan revolution.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours



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61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom_Toon // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Spurs please. Brilliant on his day, but when is his day (injuries, never!). Too injury prone.

  • 2 LoonyToon // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Howay sonna….come back with the lads….if he plays half as well as he did the last time he will become a rock at the back….

  • 3 LoonyToon // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Tom Toon…take your point regarding his injury record but that is in the past…he has an excellent injury record with Boro…

  • 4 ToonKing // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    there is no doubt in my mind that he will choose us.

  • 5 bod // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Spurs are going for puyol of barcelona i think he is a centre back could be good news for us i dont think they would go for both so maybe woodgate is coming back to the toon well i hope anyway sod the injury record best defender i have seen in a black and white shirt

  • 6 Ed Harrison // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Even if we get half a season from him – he’s worth it – Faye, Cacapa and Steven Taylor can be the other 3 who can fill in – and Rozehnal – but Jonathan is pure class.
    He’d make a good captain too – maybe help him clean up his act off the pitch.

  • 7 Tom_Toon // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Rather have Puyol than 100 woodgates!
    Spurs have no chance in hell of luring Puyol.

    Get a centre mid similar to Barton (box-to-box) without the dirty scouse attitude and proble solved.

  • 8 The black in the blacknwhite // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    to be honest, i wouldnt want him at spurs..

    King woodagte partnership would make spurs a serious power

    King is without doubt a class act( look how spurs almost dramtically have sured up at the back- and so is woodgate

    both are injory prone however

    but i would welcome him with open arms

  • 9 Marty // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Woodgate was good in his day,but remember it was viduka that scored off him in the derby n he aint rated as a striker by most of us that write on this blog…..

  • 10 Halliday // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    He’s more than welcome back. On his day is for me the best defender in England. People may disagree. I think him and Taylor would be terrific for Newcastle. Now to singing a Centre Mid player(attacking) and maybe another Striker :)

  • 11 ToonKing // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Spurs going for Puyol….ahahahhahahha ROFL…muhahhahhaha LMAO hahhhahhhahaha

    this made my day/night ..hahhahahhah

  • 12 petworth magpie // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    toonking i was also quietly PML

  • 13 Sas // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:49 PM

    I like the thought of Woodgate and Taylor at the back. The day we sold him things started going down the pan, with Bobby sacked not long after. Beye on the right and a good left back and things suddenly things don’t look so bad.

    How many CB would we have then? Plenty of cover if we can keep them all happy. Cacapa, Rozenhal or Faye as backup, Ramage out the door.

  • 14 Ausgeordie // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    How many games did he actually play for us before going? Is he that good? He choose Middlesborough over us before so stuff him.

  • 15 Sas // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    He is that good, he chose to play for his home team ahead of signing for Glenn Roeder, can’t blame the chap for that.

  • 16 Stephen // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    If we get Woodgate and he stays fit he will be one of our best players…..He will help Taylor too…..Looking at our defence its just too weak on paper a leader like Woody is just what we need…..Even Given before came out saying he was the best defender he worked with but thats not much of a compliment i guess anyone is better than bramble and boumsong ha

  • 17 Toon_Under // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    He’s a step up from Cacapa, Faye and Rozy, so lets get him in. At worst case he plays half the season and provides off field help to Taylor who, if i recall correctly, has Woodgate as one of the players he most want to emulate. The biggest issue I see is who is going to get the 27 shirt – Woody or the apprentice Taylor?!

    Marty: point taken with Viduka making Woodgate look ordinary, but on his day Viduka can be very very good and next to impossible to stop – it’s just that he only plays like that for one game a season, and we are left to remember the drivel he serves up for the other 99% of games..

  • 18 Halliday // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    I read somewhere too.. Newcastle played 45 games with woodgate losing only 7. Shows what we could do with a good defender. Always used to have a brilliant strikeforce. Bring it both back.

  • 19 HonoraryGeordie // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    I can’t believe anyone is suggesting that we shouldn’t take him back! Without injuries he is the best defender in England, and even with his injury problems he is still the best defender we have ever had! If he can come, teach Taylor a lesson or two, then I will be the happiest man alive!!
    If our team after January was –
    …………….Given
    Beye Taylor Woody Enrique/Bridge
    ………………Faye/Rozehnal
    Milner Zog Duff
    ……..Owen Martins

    We would be shooting up the table in no time!
    We could even get lucky and –
    Duff Pandev Zog
    As our midfield, the doomsayers never give over!Just putting Woodgate in our squad makes us look twice as solid!

  • 20 Leo* // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    would be great to get woodgate back…

    given
    beye taylor woodgate enrique
    milner faye nzogbia duff
    owen martins

    that would be a great team in my view.

    dream would be if we could get stephan appiah and david bentley because then my team would be

    given
    beye taylor woodgate enrique
    bentley appiah nzogbia duff
    owen martins

    anyone think thats bad?

  • 21 Toon_Under // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    I agree Sas in that we need another left back, but i’m far from writing off Enrique since he’s shown some good progress lately. But someone like a Bridge would be a good addition.

    With the number of CBs on the books I can see some of them moving on. I know I’ll get shot down, but for mine we should get rid of Cacapa now because he is too slow and gets caught out a lot when he misreads the play. Also, loan Ramage out when he is fit and see if he improves or at least get his value up before selling him on.

    With Woodgate in, plus the younger brigade like Edgar and Kadar coming through for some extra cover, we should be fine.

  • 22 Leo* // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    anyone know why appiah isnt playing for his nation in the ACN?

  • 23 Tom_Toon // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    His knee has been fooked for the last year.

    to be honest this team should and probably could make top 7:

    Given
    Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
    Duff Emre Barton-esqe player (Eguren) Zog
    Owen Martins

  • 24 Black and White Blood // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Ed where have you got this story from…? There’s nothing on SSN or BBC…. Is it true – I pesonally would love to see him return!

  • 25 Greg B // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:24 PM

    Aye, agree in principle – however Id like to see Huntelaar brought in and Ameobi shown the door. If, as we are led to believe, money is no object get Huntelaar before one of the CL teams snap him up.
    Appiah very good too, however I think there are other options, Van Der Vaart would be class as a creative midfield player, Bilyaletdinov is another option. Like I say, if money is no object we should go for the best – so what, they turn us down but at least we tried, better than just saying we didnt bother because they wouldnt sign for us – you just never know.

  • 26 Tom_Toon // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    But they wouldnt and you’d waste precious transfer time on red herrings.

  • 27 Toon Barmy // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:27 PM

    Im sure woody only missed 2 games for boro last season and 16 out of a possible 23 games so far this season, just niggly injuries not the hernia problems of before.. Think he would be perfect for taylor a cracking english partnership

  • 28 Leo* // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    appiahs knee has been injured for about a year??? or woodgate?

  • 29 Atrocious_Footwear // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    “Woodgate to sign for Newcastle; Bigg Market establishments predict 300% rise in profits”.

  • 30 Black and White Blood // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Toon Barmy – that sounds about right..!!! He was also awarded North East Footballer of the Year 2007 – Must a have played enough games to achieve this…!!!

  • 31 Tom_Toon // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Leo – Appiah

  • 32 Black and White Blood // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Nothing on Sky Sports, BBC or Satenta Sports News about Woodgate offer, only Spurs…. I think this is another story full of the bollocks!

  • 33 Black and White Blood // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Sorry don’t mean to be so negative!!!!

  • 34 Leo* // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    thats a bit of a gutter, because ive seen bits and pieces of him and he looks good, and everytime i hear stuff about him, its all good. would be not be worth the risk is woodgate is worth it…

  • 35 Toon Barmy // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Heres a couple of links to woodgate – try newsnow newcastle united, great site updated every 5 mins
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/sport/football.html?in_article_id=510475&in_page_id=1779&ct=5

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article3254151.ece

  • 36 Black and White Blood // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    Toon Barmy – Cheers….
    You would have thought one of the big Sports Channels would’ve picked up on it if there was sniff of truth in it..
    Heres another link to the Times – Slightly different take on it…
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article3254151.ece

  • 37 scott9 // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    yes ed were did you get the story that our bid has been accepted and that we have spoken to him please god say u didnt get it from the paper ed were is this evidence that we have bid for him

  • 38 scott9 // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    please keegan go for tiago the deal wit him n spurs have collapsed go get him hes just what we need in midfeild hes a exellnt play maker
    just imagine if we could get him woodgate n padnev in
    first 11
    given
    beye woodgate taylor zog
    milner tiago emre duff
    padnev
    owen

  • 39 Tom_Toon // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:53 PM

    scott – dont be silly its the media, theres never any evidence :)

    coming from a portugal fan i really wouldnt sign tiago hes not what we want, raul meireles is a decent shout but tiago cant really pass.

  • 40 Tez131 // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    The times are also reporting it.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article3254151.ece

  • 41 Marty // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:56 PM

    Toon Under,i agree also that viduka can be hard to stop(once a yr) and that Woodie has the qualities to be a gr8 defender again but if its 8 million i think we could get better??
    Would be a good stable defender if we get him.

  • 42 scott9 // Jan 25, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    i really hope we get padnev aswell i cant see it happening though we could really do with a creative midfileder aswell

  • 43 Tom_Toon // Jan 26, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Id love it, just love it:

    Given
    Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
    Duff Emre Meireles Zog
    Owen Martins

    Subs: Harper, Capaca, Rozehnal, Viduka, Milner

  • 44 Tez131 // Jan 26, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Tom_Toon (or anyone else) – im curious if you could go on a summer spending spree – money not really an object what would be your 1st XI for NUFC?
    How many toon players would you keep in there?

  • 45 Tom_Toon // Jan 26, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Dont think we need to go on a spending spree to be honest, just a few outstanding quality players in each position. Probably about 3. Its quality not quantity.

  • 46 Tom_Toon // Jan 26, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    oh and some young potential.

  • 47 Gordon d // Jan 26, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    GK-CASILLAS , LB-N’ZOGBIA,CB-CANNAVARO,CB-TAYLOR,RB-PUYOL,LM-ROSICKY,CM-FABREGAS,CM-ESSIEN,RM-JOAQUIN,CF-TORRES,CF-OWEN.

  • 48 Tez131 // Jan 26, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    I thought you might have Chikhaoui in your team.

    He didn’t have the greatest of games there.
    Blessing in disguise? Keep his price down :)

    You think we will sign any new players in January?
    I am hoping for 2, attacking Mid and woodgate (keep Rosenhal in DM until summer) or if not woody then buy a DM.
    Also really need a Right Winger to challenge Milner. I think he needs some competation to bring out the best in him.

  • 49 Tom_Toon // Jan 26, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Nah he didnt have a great game, but towards the end there were some flashes of brilliance. To be fair on him he isnt an out and out striker and they were playing him as a fookin lone striker when he is mostly an attacking midfielder.

  • 50 Tez131 // Jan 26, 2008 at 1:04 AM

    Seen some quotes from Keegan saying that N’Zogbia is out man to unlock players defences. Seems to like him.

    He also said Smiths best position is a Striker (but likes his versitility :( )

  • 51 briss // Jan 26, 2008 at 1:07 AM

    Toon_Under u must be mad thinking that Faye is in the same category as Cacapa and Roz! he’s very srong on the ball and i think he’s the best defender we have right now.

  • 52 Callum // Jan 26, 2008 at 2:37 AM

    Looks like Martins should be back playing for us soon – Nigeria drew and now they need to win their final game and hope Mali slip up :)

  • 53 chennai toon // Jan 26, 2008 at 4:41 AM

    spurs tiago deal collapses…………..we can get him…..

  • 54 Martins // Jan 26, 2008 at 4:46 AM

    How do you know that were in talks with him? theres nothing on skysports?

  • 55 hanzemre // Jan 26, 2008 at 5:47 AM

    why now another CB? if he chooses us than good. But i do feel he’d be at Spurs.

  • 56 Callum // Jan 26, 2008 at 6:18 AM

    Hey Ed – What happened to girl of the day and the quotes? :)

    Now we have KK in charge im sure you wont run out of new material for the quotes :)

  • 57 Frankie Boy // Jan 26, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    Woodgate, Taylor and Faye. Any 2 from that 3 would be a good productive combination.Add to that Ramage when back from injury and Faye can also play in front of the back four. sounds ok to me.

  • 58 Callum // Jan 26, 2008 at 7:58 AM

    I dont think Ramage is up to the job, we have much better players then him now, he will be good for cover tho but not first team

  • 59 Hadrian // Jan 26, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    seem’s he’s rejected spurs and prefers a move to us? if true its a great sign of commitment before he’s even got here .

    kev’s also saying dont expect any transfers if he doesnt think they are worth it, he’ll have a closer look at the youth if this happens .
    not looking at oversea’s players at all , unless he know’s of them already or they are proven quality .

  • 60 keegan // Jan 26, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    ramage is by far the worst player at the club id rather play martins cb and thats with a blind fold on

  • 61 Doodee // Jan 31, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Thanks for sharing




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