Kevin Keegan and Newcastle United are said to be close to securing a deal for Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate.
Jonathan Woodgate – said to want a return to Newcastle
As we reported last night, Newcastle had an Â£8M bid accepted by Middlesbrough, and will continue to speak to the Middlesbrough native this weekend.
The good news for Newcastle fans is that the word on Woodgate is he’d love to return to Newcastle United and the Keegan revolution, and doesn’t want to move to the Capital.
Tottenham had already had their bid for the player accepted by Middlesbrough, and have talked to the player already this week. Woodgate will remain on Tees-side over the weekend, and is expected to decide his future before the weekend is out. He is currently nursing a slight injury and is not available to play this weekend.
The only problem with Woodgate is of course his poor injury record, but he has improved on that score at Middlesbrough, but not by much. He only played 28 times for Newcastle United in his 18 months there under Sir Bobby Robson, and hardly played for Real Madrid (9 appearances) in the two seasons he spent there after his time at Newcastle.
In his 18 months at Middlesbrough he has appeared 36 times for the Tees-side club.
Newcastle is thought to be Woodgate’s preferred destination, and leaves Tottenham missing out on another high profile transfer target.
We’ll be very happy to have Woodgate back at the Tyne-side club, because he’s an excellent player, who gave his all for the club last time around, and is a firm favorite with Geordie fans. We wouldn’t be surprised if he also ends up captain of the club at some time in the future, which should help his off field activities.