Nicky Shorey Would Be Great Buy for Newcastle

Some updated news this morning on one of our potential transfer targets in the summer.


Nicky Shorey – at £5M would be a great buy for the Toon

Kevin Keegan is being linked with Nicky Shorey, and it may well be that Shorey will leave Reading in the summer. His contract doesn’t run our until June, 2009, but he may decide to leave, and if Reading get relegated, which is looking a real possibility, then he will definitely leave the club.

The fee that is being mentioned is £5M, and for that we’d buy him in a heartbeat. He’s a good player and he would do very well at Newcastle and then we’d have Shorey and the developing José Enrique, who we still like a lot, fighting it out for the left back spot.

We paid around £6.2M for Jose so £5M for an established Premiership player would be a good deal for the club. We actually would prefer Wayne Bridge as our first choice, but it may be that Nicky wants out at Reading, and he would be a great acquisition as would Wayne.

Shorey has postponed contract talks with Reading in the last few days, and that has been interpreted as he may now be ready to leave the club. Nicky joined Reading in 2001 from Leyton Orient, and has played for the club 256 times, scoring 11 goals. He has so far represented England on two occasions and we’re sure he will want to add to the total. Moving to the North East club should certainly help him in that.

If, for some reason, we cannot get Shorey or Bridge in the summer, another possibility would be John Arne Riise from Liverpool. We can see John dashing down the left wing in a Keegan like Newcastle United side, and he would be another excellent acquisition for the club at left back, with experience galore gained with Liverpool.

Either of these three would be very good buys for Newcastle in the summer.

We’re hoping.

As far as comments go, we see there’s been some attacks on various readers happening of late. Let’s try to put our opinions across and respect the other person’s opinion, even if we don’t agree with it.

You can look at our comments policy in one of our side-bars – but let’s be civil and try to keep the language fairly decent – and this can really work as a good site for Newcastle fans to discuss the events of the day regarding the club. Thanks. 😀

And with that – comments are welcome.

22 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    dont rate shorey that much.surely better than playing steve carr there though.

  • Zero Cool

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Shorey and Carr play 2 different positions sir. LB and RB respectively

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Shorey is fookin crap. Buts thats my opinion and I trust it. Riise is even worse than Shorey. But Bridge is a top class lb.

  • walker

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    zero i think broon ale knows that but carr played there at villa

  • Chicken

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Shorey is far from crap, Tom. He was Reading’s best player last season IMO and a huge reason for them exceeding all expectations.

    This season things haven’t gone so well for Reading but NS has still been one of their most consistent performers.

    I think we need two quality players in every position and I think NS would be perfect cover for Enrique.

    I wish you wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the English talent out there, instead of trying to impress with the undiscovered stars of the foreign legion you keep ranting about. Honestly if they were that good I’m sure they would have been discovered by someone other than a teenage kid with sopcast on 24/7 in his bedroom.

  • Mr T

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Zero, Carr was played at Left Back though against Villa which I’m sure Mr Ale is referring to. I’d have riise in a flash, then hopefully with his experience, could bring Enrique to be the next Arne Riise.

    On a totally unrelated note, Tim Flowers as goalkeeping Coach anyone?

  • nightfall

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    amm..what if we just give enrique a chance..or edgar..perhaps even kadar?! KEV…WE NEED CMs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • broon ale

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Zero Cool- if you watched the aston villa game you will know what i was referring too. A bit of a open mouth insert foot moment on your behalf there! Carr played left back against villa incase you still dont understand! thereore my ealier post of “dont rate shorey that much.surely better than playing steve carr there though.” … makes sence to you now

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    WE dont need any left back, we have the potential of 5 left backs!

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 18, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Shorey is a good player but wud prefer bridge.We have young talent coming up in that position and just hope enrique gets a go cuz he looks decent and is a good crosser.Dont know where he got the bull nickname from cuz havent seen him make a tackle!

  • Rich

    Feb 18, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Nightfall, youre right we need CM’s, Why dont we get a page going Ed on Centre Midfielders for the toon? Get peoples thoughts on filling our most needed position

  • Bill F

    Feb 18, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think Shorey is cr*p, but don’t think he is that good either. I’m sure we could do better and probably already have better in the club.

    Incidentally has anyone else realised that we are now a Government sponsored club.

  • Stami

    Feb 18, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Riise…he would be my 1st choice at LB. he has an amazin attacking ability. rate him very highly.


    Feb 18, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Theres no way Shorey is good enough for Newcastle United. Enrique and even NZogbia out of position are better than Shorey. Theres only Bridge out of the names mentioned in the prem linked to us better than what we have. That says alot. Either aim higher or dont bother wasting money.

  • Irishal

    Feb 18, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    i thimk its something that has to be reassessed in the summer, there have been too many games when we havmnt had a recognised left back fielded and it has been detrimental, if it continues we may well need someone like shorey can not only plays to a consistant level but is consistantly availavble for selection, i’d reserve jusdgement until the end of the season

    Bridge is a bit of an injury concern, riise would probably end up with broken legs due to unpaid debts at aspers

    hopefully enrique can make the position his own between now and the end of the season

  • Dragoner

    Feb 18, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #16

    i personally feel sidwell was readings best player last season chicken

  • Dragoner

    Feb 18, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #17

    we dont need lb, we need a rb, and midfielders

  • GP

    Feb 18, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Dragoner – We have Beye, Carr and Geremi who can play there but we only have one left-back at the club and that is Enrique. And he can’t even get a game.

  • Leo*

    Feb 18, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #19

    you know reading articles like this make having no football to go watch ok to cope with

  • Leo*

    Feb 18, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #20

    on shorey, i am on the fence with him i think, nothing special although maybe all we can get at the moment.

  • ende

    Feb 18, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Seriously. All this talk of Strikers and LBs and what not is seriously sidetracking from our current primary need: central midfielders. Specifically, a good central attacking midfielder, and perhaps a real defensive midfielder.

    Honestly, this CAM should be one of the biggest signings we’ve made in many years. This position needs to be occupied by one of the team’s best players.

    As far as DM, we don’t really have a real one. Butt is an ok squad player, but first team requires someone who can distribute as well.. basically someone who isn’t so one-dimensional. Barton and Smith are certainly worth trying out here for the duration of the season, but come Summer we should be going after someone like Carrick.

  • lee caan

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #22

    i work at reading football club as a steward and im te;lling u shorey is shite


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