News again today that Chelseaâ€™s midfielder Steve Sidwell is indeed a Kevin Keegan transfer target for the summer.
Steve Sidwell – midfielder could be arriving at St. James’ Park
The 25-year-old midfielder only moved to Chelsea on a free transfer from Reading last summer, and was very close to joining Newcastle at that time. But we think the sacking of Glenn Roeder submarined that deal and he chose Chelsea instead.
At the time that wasnâ€™t thought to be a good choice, because Chelsea had lots of top midfield talent, and Steve has not been able to get his game at Stamford Bridge. He has made only 15 appearances for Chelsea this season, after previously making 168 appearances for Reading, and scoring 29 goals over four seasons. Sidwell started his career in 1999 at the Arsenal Academy.
The news today is that Newcastle are fully prepared to match Chelsea’s Â£4M valuation of the player, but face competition from Aston Villa, Blackburn and local north-east rivals Sunderland. We think Sidwell would be good value for Â£4M and we hope we can move in, and secure his signature quickly.
It seems like our recruitment team of Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere have not been standing idly by since January, and have made inroads with a lot of our potential transfer targets. That could prove very valuable for the club in the summer. Good for them.