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Newcastle To Pursue Sidwell in the Summer?

3:59 pm, Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 84 Comments

It’s looking like Steve Sidwell will seek a move away from Chelsea in the summer.


Steve Sidwell – needs more first team football

Steve has not surprisingly struggled to break through at Stamford Bridge, behind the wealth of central midfielders the London club has in Claude Makelele, John Obi Mikel, Michael Ballack, Michael Essien and Frank Lampard.

But that shouldn’t be a surprise to him, as that was pointed out to the former Reading midfield star before he decided to sign for Chelsea, rather than Newcastle United, after his contract ran out on June 30th last year, and he became a free agent.

It looks like West Ham and Newcastle will again be at the top of the queue in the summer.

Newcastle could well use Steve Sidwell, who is a good box to box player, and would fit in well with Keegan’s new attacking style that was evident last Saturday against Blackburn Rovers. We don’t know how Keegan rates Sidwell, but we think he would be a good acquisition for our squad. No fee has yet been mentioned.

Sidwell started his professional career at Arsenal in 1999 and he was part of the successful Arsenal youth team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001.

He was sent out on loan to Brentford ( 30 appearances 4 goals) and Brighton (12 appearances 5 goals), before he signed for Reading in 2003. In four seasons there he made 169 appearances and scored 29 goals.

But since he’s been at Chelsea, he’s made only 13 appearances, and he is obviously keen to get his career back on track. Steve played 5 times for the England Under-21 side.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours


84 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DANIEL // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:06 PM


  • 2 Micky Toon // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Decent signing to get us back on track. Only downside is that he is a ginger.

  • 3 Hadji // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    He’s Pattison’s brother from another mother

  • 4 Callum // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Another top 4 reject -_-

  • 5 Tom_Toon // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Hope not, he isnt good enough.

  • 6 scott9 // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    hes definatley good enough sidwell would be an exellent signing i hope the happens he would sort our midfiled out hes a great passer of the ball and defensively he is good aswell just what we need if barton can sort him self out them him and barton would be a great pairing in midfiled

  • 7 geordie_jordan // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    good enough!!!!!!!!!!! get him

  • 8 Punk Skunk // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Just lazy assed ‘so called’ journos stickin’ old stories together, isn’t it?..

  • 9 daiv // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    But would he come to the Championship?

  • 10 thelongshanks // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    hes 10 times better then butt,he was class for reading and very consistant.If he signs then butt can go.good news all round.

  • 11 lee // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    hes an ok squaie

    though i do agree its unfortunate hes ginger

  • 12 broon ale // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    where does this crap come from!!!! why are we talking potential targets and speculating whether newcastle “could use” a certain players attributes! we are in the middle of a relegation battle. There is no constructive conversation or debate involving relevant topics! its all speculative pipe dreams which remind me of children swapping football stickers in the play ground. i guess that most of us are adults, Its getting to the point where i will go on for a “proper” read and come on here for some light relief! But i am finding it a bit hard to stomach all this constant speculation linking us with one player after another. All transfer activity is on hold untill we know what league we are in.. As for sidwell! No chance! he found his level at reading in last seasons surprise package but now he has been found wanting! Now on with our lives.

  • 13 Graham // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Dont want the ginger toss pot. He preffered a move to Chelsea last year for more cash and now he’s realised he’s not good enough for their reserves we’re good enough for him? Bollocks to him

    I hope he’s blessed with many children who all walk backwards and have just as stupid hair as he!!!

  • 14 Eric // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Oh no, not another player who had a chance to join us but chose the lights of London. Why do we have to compete with the likes of West Ham for players? Agree – Sidwell is better than ‘big butt’ and Barton (fink) put together and he may well do better with us. At the moment he seems to like playing in shite holes – west London, Reading. Could be either a good buy or another good bye!

  • 15 Punk Skunk // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Here, here broonale!..

  • 16 ScottyT // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    agree with callum another top 4 reject if we do stay up which looks difficult then surely we should be targeting top class players from everywhere in europe and england not going for rejects from the top four again.

    weve done that for the last few years (parker, butt, smith, babayaro, duff, geremi) and look where its put us .. relegation threat would rather have som1 like arshavin for definite

  • 17 nightfall // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    well..if we look at our midfield..butt, barton, etc..he’d be an improvement…but i still think we could do better…

  • 18 NUFCFAN // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    is that the best story they could come up with

  • 19 Steve_48 // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    I’m with you Graham

    What a load of bollocks – he made the wrong decision last Summer and went where the money was and he should have thought a little more about the consequences of trying to break into a team with that of Chel$ki’s midfield calibre.

    Now that he can’t get a game he’s looking around for some other schmuck to pay his wages – sod off Sidwell not interested.

    That said, we’ll probably buy him and pay top whack on his weekly salary.

    Disgruntled. Not Happy.

  • 20 Hadji // Mar 5, 2008 at 4:59 PM
    Tom Toon…this guy just can’t stop scoring.

  • 21 Graham // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Hadji – if we bought him he wouldn’t be able to score in For Your Eyes only armed with £500 in used 20′s!

  • 22 rem // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    I hate when people complain about “top 4 reject”, we are not top 4, no were near, so ill take any good player, no matter where he is from.
    If we got him from Reading he some how would have been better???
    Same as the youngster from man utd, if they say enough in him to train with them i think he is good, considering the class players they have there.

  • 23 ScottyT // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    yes but sidwell rejected us first time so do you really want somone to come to us who doesnt want to be here and doesnt give a shit again

  • 24 Hadji // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:24 PM
    Wow…too bad we didn’t get this guy before.

  • 25 rem // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    not really. but he is good enough, and if he was commited i would want him. to be honest any one would be attracted by the champions, im sure we would have offered the same amount of money so it probly had less to do with the money

  • 26 Obafan // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    If he comes it will be for the money. He alreay had choosen Chelski above us, and why? Not because he would play lots of games (Ballack, Cole; Lampard; Essien; Makelele all are lots better than this guy); no just because his pay check would be larger than in Newcastle. So for me he does not have to come to us. If he comes it will be his 2nd choice club and that is not good as a motivator to play for such a team.

  • 27 bennit3b // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    totally agree with obafan. He can suck it!

  • 28 Tom_Toon // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Another own goal by Nicolita, whatever next!

    Andres Vazquez, nice goal but he isnt that great, he just moved to zurich.

    Chermiti please.

  • 29 ScottyT // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    yh agree with obafan hes had his chance to come here and play first team football and he blew it for sitting on the bench at chelsea.

  • 30 M. Stockley // Mar 5, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    sidwell is a good player. there is certainly better players out there, but atm id take sidwell if we could have him today….in the summer he is certainly an option! but like you guys have rightly said the priority is ensuring we stay up… my team against liverpool…….




  • 31 Nick // Mar 5, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    What has the colour of his hair got to do with it?
    So we wouldn’t want Scholes cos he’s ginger?
    Or Tevez/Ribery cos there both really ugly?
    Grow up lads

  • 32 Leo // Mar 5, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    daiv your negativity is really getting to me, you obviously arnt a geordie if you speak like this at every opertunity.

  • 33 iain // Mar 5, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    if we stay up im not keen on the idea of signing big club rejects.

    so watch us go for crouch/brown/bridge/sidwell in the summer.

    i keep thinking a season out the pl where we dont sign anyones rejects would be very good for the club.

  • 34 Gooderz // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    I’d put Sidwell in a group with Darren Fletcher and Jimmy Bullard as players who have experience in the Premiership but still have yet to really prove themselves for whatever reason. They can then either push on and make a definitive claim for a starting berth or they make decent squad players. Either way they’ll bulk up the squad very nicely, but we do need to make sure they won’t start off the way Butt did (and still does sometimes).

  • 35 briss // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    he is def. good enough he would have been a good acquisition last summer and still would be this summer too

  • 36 catchy // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    maybe it would be a good idea if we all just waited till the end of the season and let keegan make his own mind up who he would like…. in the last week he has about 20 players at the top of his list..
    and if he signed them all the team would be no better than the one we have right now

  • 37 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Look logically, Sidwell is a born and raised londoner with a young wife and i think 2 kids that means he would have to uproot those and move to a totally different part of the country miles from home for a then mid table club or Stay down south near your family and friends, be paid shit loads of money and (Sometimes) play in the champions league and cup finals.
    Now maybe different as he knows he made a daft mistake going to chelsea and in my opinion can play for england if he can ressurect his career and play first team football.

    In no particular order :

    Sidwell (Out of favour)
    Bridge (Out of favour)
    Wright-Phillips (Out of favour)
    Carrick (United signing Veloso and Geordie)
    Ashton (Never plays Curbishley is a twat)
    Perea (Athletico madrid top quality RB or CB)
    McGeady (Class should be in a better league)

    Out in a particular order:

    Smith (Wank)
    Barton (Prison rent boy)
    Carr (No comment needed)
    Ameobi (Championship quality)
    Cacapa (Too Slow and Not good enough in air)
    Viduka ( Why oh why did we let Sibierski go)
    N’Zogbia (Love him but If he wants to go then f***k him)

    Butt and Ramage wont go as Kev will want them both, Butt because of his experience and cover Ramage because he loves his local lads at the core of the club and because he can play anywhere in the back four and not kick up a fuss when he isnt in the side.

    P.S. This is all down to us staying up and is totally irrelevat if we go down.

    Comments Welcome

  • 38 JP from The Rock of Gibraltar // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    To hell with Sidwell! We can do better than this tosser who chose Chelsea ahead of us. F..K OFF SIDWELL and dye your awful hair!

  • 39 The black in the blacknwhite // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    just hope Smith and Butt dont play against Liverpool

    i wont be happy if smith starts- there is no excuse for his inclusion

  • 40 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    I dont get this “Top 4 reject” stuff

    They are the only quality players teams like us can get If there are good players out there playing for a mediocre side like when SWP was at City or Rooney was at Everton then the top 4 want them and we dont stand a chance.

    The only players we can get are those that the top 4 dont want but are better than what we have already IE The top 4 teams fringe players or rejects as they are labelled on here.

  • 41 Punk Skunk // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    How Craigg, that seems like a pretty fair assessment to me man…Totally agree, why did we let Sibierski go?..He did a great job, loved bein’ here & never said anythin’ but good, top lad!..

  • 42 Tom_Toon // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:37 PM


    Possibly – Viduka, Barton, Butt or Geremi – Not bothered if they leave or not.

    LB – Bridge
    CB/RB – Naldo
    CDM – Alex Song
    RM – Castelen
    CAM/LM – Kahlenberg
    ST – Chermiti

    Players that accomodate those positions as a minimum and blood some youngsters for next season.

  • 43 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Sibierski was a great signing Unlike his replcement

    kept in great shape unlike his replacement

    verasatile unlike his replacement

    Loved the club unlike his replacement

    Wanted to stay at the club for reasons not all about money unlike his replacecment

    Was a fan favourite unlike his replacement

    If wigan go down can we get Sibierski back and send viduka for a job at pizza hut
    he’d fit in great with his passion for food and loves jobs where he can make money despite not caring about his employers or customers.

  • 44 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Tom_Toon id forgot about Rozenhal sell him as well !

    Do you think it would be wise to sign 4 out of 6 players who’ve never played in the prem as they take time to adapt and next season could turn out to be a carbon copy of this one

  • 45 b ranger // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    what’s everyones problem with butt?,probably the most consistant player this it because he isn’t a geordie?i wonder if everyone would still think the sun shone out of taylors arse if he wasn’t a geordie?hes got potential but a bit overated he’s like a geordie dabisas by the way ramage isn’t a geordie he’s a berwicker.whats all this crap about being a geordie this has to stop.

  • 46 Tom_Toon // Mar 5, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Castelen is the only risk in my opinion as he isnt that physical.

    Chermiti is still young and kahlenberg and naldo are qaulity and are suited.

  • 47 Punk Skunk // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Tom_Toon-Yep!..I go with that!..Defo blood some young ‘uns…That’s probably the most important thing & y’never know, we might have a few…Hopefully, they’re getting some good experience even as we speak…I’d love Pedro & maybe Speed coaching ‘em!..

    …Craigg, a good team always has someone like him…Unassuming & doin’ a great job with an excellent attitude!..

  • 48 Punk Skunk // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Y’never know, Zog might feel right at home with so many french speakers around him…
    …I thought Viduka woulda done better, but he hasn’t exactly played much…But wasn’t it him last season, last 10 games or so for smogs?..Scoring some top goals, savin’ their ass?..

  • 49 lauren // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    We should sign NURI SAHIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 50 jimmer // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    it pointless speculating about players when the wrong man is in charge. lets have a manager not a motivator.

  • 51 Punk Skunk // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    He seemed to ‘manage’ ok last time!..
    …Didn’t he once stop us from goin’ to div 3?..

  • 52 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Jimmer how many mistakes has Keegan made in the transfer window?

    Do we need this stupidity every night about KK how about we get behind the manager and the team and then judge KK about christmas time after weve stayed up and when he has his players added to the squad

  • 53 M. Stockley // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    craigg- well said.

  • 54 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    This was on a previous post:

    “Barnes is a must buy, to be honest. If Keegan offered a ridiculous 2m for him when the asking price was only 5 then I worry about how much he knows about the players in the premiership these days.”

    These are the comments that drive me mad Keegan wouldnt have made the offer to derby Mort handles all transfer negotiations
    KK probably said i would like to sign barnes and the Board members do the rest
    Ala when shepherd refused to offer more than £500k for carrick when west ham went down

    In Bobbys book he said that shepherd thought west ham would take that because his contract was out soon after eventually spurs bid £3m and got him

    but KK does not talk to other clubs mort does

  • 55 ToonUSA // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Sid = Barton = Butt = Geremi
    they are all about the same par, he is not going to come in and light up SJP. I would rather gamble on a younger player

  • 56 Tom_Toon // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    That better not be the case anymore bcause Chris Mort knows fk all about football.

  • 57 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Tom_Toon :

    Sam kept going on repeatedly about how much he had to praise mort for the transfers he completed of Smith, Beye, Faye and Enrique and the knockdown price mort negotiated for those players
    maybe sams the one who dont know modern football if he thinks that Smith for £6m is a knockdown price!

  • 58 Geordie Joe // Mar 5, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    we should be buying and making people into stars, not buying has been stars on the way over the other side.

  • 59 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    What happened to Black and White blood he used to be on here all the while

  • 60 scott9 // Mar 5, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    just been looking at the fixtures were gonna need to win birmingham fulham reading nad sunderland to be safe i cant see us getting any other poits apart from possibly a point from west ham away

  • 61 CRAIGG // Mar 5, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    I think we will end on 40 on the nose

    Liverpool (a) 1 point
    Brum (a) 1 point
    Fulham (h) 3 poins
    Reading (h) 3 points
    Scum (h) 3 points
    West Ham (a) 1 point

    Dont ask me why i think we will get a draw at anfield i just have a feeling plus they will rest a lot of their stars for the champs league match 3 days after

    Momentum then will kick in and well get a 0-0 at brum

    We will defo beat fulham, reading and the worst away side in the prem all season will be a walk in the (St James’) Park against you know who

    I think west ham will slacken off as their chances of europe are evaporating rapidly and well get a hard fought point down there as well

    = 40 points beautiful midtable obscurity

    Then the fun starts


  • 62 CJ // Mar 5, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Ramage i think is from Ashington and anyone who says he is a good player has either not seen him play or knows as much about football as my dog. I am 18 and had a season ticket for the last 7 years and he is the worst player not just defender but the worst player i have seen play for us. He is now 24 and has only broke in to the first team in the last 2 years cos of a horrendous injury list and has been with the club since he was a boy that says it all he is a joke and when i see him driving into the stadium in his Aston Martin or his BMW it makes me sick that someone with no talent what so ever has what he has although he probably is not a big headed bastard like Taylor.

  • 63 leavy // Mar 5, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    when will tom toon realise we wont buy chermiti
    for whatever reason (hes shit and no one except u have heard of him)
    i would rather have wayne bridge dean ashton and diego.

  • 64 CJ // Mar 5, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Craigg- Agree with what you say about Sibierski’s love for the club and he had to be subbed every match cos how hard he worked the total opposite to Fatduka.

  • 65 Steeley // Mar 5, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Craigg – totally agree with the Sibierski sentiment! The guy was desperate to stay and all he wanted was a 2 year contract. Because he really wanted to be here he played superb for us and I dont remember a game where he didnt give his all.
    If only the same could be said of…..well, any of the current squad really!

    We could really do with someone like up front with Owen, and someone like Parker back in midfield. And to all those who say he was crap – I remember vividly watching the man collapse on the pitch after being kicked and elbowed around like a punchbag – he kept getting back up and playing, and playing, until he physically couldnt pick himself off the pitch!
    Can you imagine a Butt, a Barton, a Smith, a Carr, a Duff or a Viduka doing that?? No, I couldnt either!

  • 66 ObaFan2 // Mar 5, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    I see Liverpool are scoring for fun…. 4-0 atm, W Ham look poor !

    I think we need a back four with Faye infront in a defensive mf position and them have 5 of our wingers/strikers… maybe have a chance !

  • 67 Tom_Toon // Mar 5, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Chermiti is so shit Barcelona want him ;)

    Diego eh? Nice to see you’re very realistic.

  • 68 ScottyT // Mar 5, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    steeley have to agree with what you say about parker i was one who tbh didnt really want him to leave cos he gave 100% every game and people forgot how good he was in his first season at the club

    unbelievable we got rid of him for barton fkin sam!

  • 69 Toooooooooooooooooon // Mar 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    i dont mind him, as long as butt and barton goes out the club

  • 70 NUFCFAN // Mar 6, 2008 at 1:30 AM


    hopefully you will agree, and i know this isnt the topic of this discussion.

    but does no one else get sick of listening to fat sam in the press getting involved in all this stuff about not enough time, the players were nearly there, how he wasnt given enough money, how the fans liked him till the press got involved.

    god he is a chump, dont understand how he thinks he is that good – he has won nothing and if anything nothing big – wish he would shut up.

  • 71 Len // Mar 6, 2008 at 2:15 AM

    Just a thought but maybe we could give a chance to some of our own up and coming before blowing 12 million on someone we have never heard of.

  • 72 AdamCF // Mar 6, 2008 at 7:55 AM

    Hmmmm.. that level headed thinking doesn’t belong here, Len.

  • 73 HeronMag // Mar 6, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    I don’t know about Sidwell, but he seems like we could bring him in to replace Nicky Butt in that holding role. I still think we’ve never adequately replaced Rob Lee. Dyer should’ve been the man but we all know what happened there. Perhaps Giles Barnes could be played in the centre of midfield, with Sidwell sitting back, Zog/Duff wide left with Milner right hand side?

  • 74 ronaldeano // Mar 6, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    I recon we are missing a pacey little creative midfielder that can run at players and feed the strikers, ie, Dyer. You all may hate me for saying it but, yes, Dyer. The over paid, injury prone, mouthy little bastard that he is. He was QUALITY on his day and i dont care what anyone says. We are missing the pace in CM.

    If we can find a player with speed, skill, a good level of fitness, an eye for goal and a GOOD ATTITUDE, it will be a breath of fresh air for us.

    Lets just wait till we are safe first like!!!!

  • 75 cooldj // Mar 6, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    tom toon – editing chermiti’s wikipedia page doesn’t make the things you say true….

  • 76 ronaldeano // Mar 6, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Ive just read it, has it been edited like?

  • 77 ronaldeano // Mar 6, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    It says he is not an out and out striker. He could play behind our strikers?

    Ive never seen him play

  • 78 obafemimartins // Mar 6, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    i hate to say this but i would buy jenas on his current form if we could get him to come back. i dont like sidwell because any player with common sense knows they wont get into the chelsea starting XI unlesss they are world class. if he wanted to join us he would of. did he? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 79 Hadji // Mar 6, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Pandev’s gonna be our resurection.He’ll sign for us you’ll see,and its gonna happen during the Euro 2008.

  • 80 Hadji // Mar 6, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Sidwell is crap but he’s better than Butt for sure.

  • 81 Tom_Toon // Mar 6, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    cooldj, i did that weeks ago.

    i just put down what i read and see.

  • 82 Stami // Mar 6, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    i agree with you there mate, Daiv, you are really gettin on my tits mate…im sick of reading your negative posts! you call it bieng realistic, i call it bieng an asshole…

  • 83 m. // Mar 6, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    sidwell: cocky, over-rated, big head

  • 84 richie // Mar 8, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    not good enough, id try get marc noble instead

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