Nicky Shorey Available – Will Newcastle Bid?


Reading are now willing to listen to offers for Nicky Shorey, their England left full back

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Nicky Shorey is now officially available

Shorey has been with the Reading club for seven seasons now, and has been linked with moves to West Ham United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Nigel Howe, the club’s chief executive, said they need to cut the wage bill:

“Nicky Shorey and a few others will be looked at as potential people to leave,”

“Nicky has made it clear for a long time that he hasn’t been too happy at the club. Well, let’s hope that somebody comes in with a good offer.”

Steve Coppell, the manager, is thought to have already accepted a £500K pay-cut to remain at the club.

Boy, it must be nice to be getting so much money that you can take a half million pound cut in wages. 😀

Howe continued:

“We have said to Steve that, if he trades well, it should release enough funds to go forward,”

“But he won’t have money unless he sells. At the moment we are just trying to balance the budget.”

“The concern is to keep as many of the core squad together. But Steve does want to reduce the squad so he is expecting to receive offers for players.”

“If Steve wants to keep all the players on the same salaries, there won’t be the release of funds. If he reduces the wage bill, he will have funds.”

“Even though we get the £11m parachute we have still got very highly paid players – even with the reduction in wages – so we will have to budget for a small loss.”

“Salaries have to be at the middle range and some in the upper range for the Championship.”

There was news last week that Newcastle may bid £2.5M for Shorey, but we think a higher bid will be needed to capture the player.

He would be a good buy for Newcastle, since he’s a proven Premier League player, and would do well at our club.

Comments very welcome.



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200 comments so far

  • Stami

    May 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #1

    well, if we do bid, expect the Spuds to put one in right after us…

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Wouldnt go higher than 3 mil for back-up

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  • JJ

    May 21, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Bid 3Mil max, he is ok but not fantastic and we do need cover at left back. Would get Enrique working a bit harder in training.

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  • JJ

    May 21, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Hey Tom, great minds think alike…

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  • Az

    May 21, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    He is worth about £6m IMO
    we should make a bid before spurs!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 21, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Aye 🙂

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  • leavy

    May 21, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #7

    why does everyone thing that enriques so amazing
    shorey attacks and defends better than him
    so i think you will find enrique will be back up for shorey

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 21, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #8

    everyone should shut up about the spurs thing its getting boring

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  • Micky Toon

    May 21, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Leavy, I agree. I’ve seen nothing from Enrique to say he should start in the 1st team. Probably becuase he’s foreign people instantly think he’s better. It seems to be a running theme on this blog, foreigners are better than home grown players. Shorey would be a good buy. People on here talk about signing promising young players, who by the way haven’t proven themselves in the PL, from foreign teams, yet over look people like Shorey.

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  • scottish mag

    May 21, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    get him for £3m at the most, good player, good left foot, at least we will have decent delivery from set pieces

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  • Steven1979

    May 21, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #11

    micky toon: just think about C. Ronaldo, Nani, Hleb, Santa Cruz, Berbatov, Tevez, Mascherano, Torres, Toure,…and 100s more..

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  • Graham

    May 21, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Off subject a bit – and hopefully something we will never have to contend with…. But getting relegated with all the high paid players on your books could well bankrupt some clubs. Shouldn’t the payments the clubs receive for actually being in the prem league be equal? Even if you finish 1st or last?

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 21, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Micky Toon – They are, English players are sh*te.

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  • Tom

    May 21, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    yea go for him. i know a lot of ppl hav been getting a bit frustrated aboout the transfers (or lack of them) so far, (see remy post), ive got a good feeling that the club might just pull something out the bag in the next couple of days to make everyone sit up again. Just think, we’ve got 3 people there who have been working since january on identifiying targets and maybe even negotiating some – i wouldnt be surprised if we’ve already tied some deals up. The clubs been very quiet recently, but i think soon we’ll see a press conference where not one, but hopefully a couple of players are unveiled. Howay the lads!

    oh, and does anyone know of any pre season friendlys yet?

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  • Graham

    May 21, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Steven1979 – lets not forget Marcellino, Basedas and Andreas Anderson in there too!

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  • Tom

    May 21, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #16

    oh and btw hamas how the hell are english players sh*te??? the england TEAM is but most of the players in that team could fit into any team in the world.

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  • Graham

    May 21, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Tom – Were playing Rangers (with or without Cuellar) and some Jonny foreigner side whos name escapes me at the minute!

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 21, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #18

    On average english player are shite. Yes you have got the elite like Terry, Owen, Gerrard etc. But on average they arent anywhere as near as good as average players in other nations.

    Graham – Valencia

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  • leavy

    May 21, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #19

    hamas and others who constantly criticise english players teams etc f$ck off
    many players in the lower leagues will not be given a chance because there english
    but foreigners are expected too be better also steven hleb ronaldo etc
    how many of them play for teams worse than us none

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  • toonoholic

    May 21, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #20

    not more than 3 mn and 30 k a week.
    Serves him right for sticking with reading last season 😛

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 21, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Foriegn players on average have better passing, better ball control and superior football intelligence. I will be laughing myself silly when England fail to qualify for the World Cup.

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  • leavy

    May 21, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #22

    hamas where are u from??

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  • Spyro

    May 21, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #23

    3million

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  • Obafan

    May 21, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

    GeordieGerrard – Indeed the Spurs saga is getting very irritating.

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  • A geordiedoonsooth

    May 21, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t think Shorey is the answer he is very good going forward and has a sweet left foot. However he is not the quickest of players and can get done by a winger with pace. If he cost £3m then he may be okay but any more than that would be to much. Don’t forget Coppel dropped him for the Arsenal game becasue of their quick players

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 21, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #26

    irritating yes, look they have signed one player that didnt snub us for them it was that it was basically a done deal before kk entred the race to sign him. we lost out on modric as he met ramos, and we didnt show as much passion to sign him than spurs did. fair play to them even though i hate them, my best mate supports them thats why.

    they are owned by a bunch of money grabbing jews, who will run and leave the club without a paddle when things start to go tits up.

    We have an all english continguent, An owner who is a die-hard fan. A god as manager. An unbelievable captain, best goal scorer in the world.

    we are being run as a proper club for once and we are enquiring about signing the best young talent in the world. eg: Turan, Veloso, Modric just to name a few.

    just to sum things up here lads, stop banging on about mike ashley being tite, he cleaned us of debt. we dont owe a buck to anyone, and we have money to spend i can say that without a shaddow of a doubt.

    Even though i have been getting frustrated with lack of concrete news on deals, its because there is sooo much excitement being built up around this club again, and its just great to be a supporter. KEEP THE FAITH!!

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  • Obafan

    May 21, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #27

    We should defo go after him. He could give KK 2 options:
    1. if he wants to play a defensive side then he can choose for Enrique as LB; cause José IMO is the better defender of the 2.
    2. If he wants to play an attacking side then he can choose for Shorey as LB; cause Nicky is the better in going upfront and giving good passes and crosses.

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 21, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #28

    leavy – I am from Newcastle.

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    May 21, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Graham- Sorry to say but English players aren’t as technically gifted as foreigners. If you want players that perform tricks or could if they wanted to you can’t go for English players because the majority don’t know how. Some are gifted like for example Joe Cole but really foreigners are better equipped in that department. English players are strong and powerful and if you can mix that with great foreign talent then you have the makings of an exciting team in your hands. I think the blame must go to the English coaches and the England set-up. England needs foreign coaches to improve the technical ability of British youngsters or else it will never change.

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  • Steven1979

    May 21, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #30

    this kind of players are good for bench.. may be for injuries..but we cant play whole season with this kind of guys if we want to play for title or CL or Uefa..I dont see any diffrence about to finish as 17th or 12th or 9th..
    I think this club deserves to play for title..and for this we need a good youth academy that brings smt. and shining Stars..Ambitious young players we need..Players like Turan and Gomez..
    I dont want to watch this guys against us to play for arse or spurs or chelsea..i want to see them in black n’ white(of course not like joey) in St. James..

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  • ronaldeano

    May 21, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Hamas, i too am from Newcastle and i would also laugh my tits off if England failed to qualify for the world cup. I say this because ALL my respect for England went up in smoke when i witnessed Owen get that terible injury in the last world cup. England dont qualify= Owen stays fit.

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 21, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Historically Newcastle is not a hotbed of England support anyway. My national team plays in black & white…

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  • Andy1

    May 21, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #33

    At a reaasonable price, Shorey will be an excellent signing to provide competition for left back. He is a consistent player and always delivers quality into the box.

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 21, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Hamas, Germany?

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 21, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Tom_Toon – No Newcastle mate, haha.

    Although I do like the German national team.

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  • toonoholic

    May 21, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #36

    GG7 are u sure we dont have any debts ?

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  • Hamas (51times)

    May 21, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #37

    As far as we know Ashley cleared them all.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    May 21, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Oh great, another over-rated player.

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  • Steven1979

    May 21, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #39

    yesterday..we talked about TURAN, Mario Gomez and Vesolo..it was nice to dream about this kind of players..
    today back to our f. reality..Shorey(relegated?),Loic Remy (even smith is better than him) ,Cuellar(avarage and too expensive)..
    I’m sad..really sad..
    With this sort of guys like Shorey the Best placement next year 11th (may be somebody gonna happy about that,its still better than this year)..
    No cash no success..

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  • craig chisholm

    May 21, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #40

    well, i think its a big no for shorey, not cos he is good or crap or anything really. its just a fat no cos our board and recruiting debt are a joke. we have wisey and his henchmen down in london and swanning around the globe and all they are doing is fcuking the dog.. christ, get shot of them and we could have bought bloody turan by now! i think we are buying absolutly no-one of any real importance. its not helping that mort is leaving (although i am glad that he is) as it means more crap right on transfer window time. we have brought no-one in for ages now and plenty have left. there is no way the wage bill can be 72% now. they said that before, look how many have buggered off, stacks. our wage bill must be about 0.3% now, its just the geordie jackpot lad left! we are not even going to be re-signing the ones we have. i must be daft or something really, cos either owen wants to sign or he doesnt, if he doesnt them put him for sale, if he wants to sign just do the deal, bloody hell. as for taylor, his situation should be resolved very quickly, he has no desire to leave us and he will not be demanding the world either, christ almightly mort! i rememebr that ashleys original first chice was fdavid dein, now that would be the best signing we as a club could make this year!

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