Newcastle’s Reported Interest in James Harper

Newcastle United are reported to be ready to challenge Middlesbrough for Reading’s central midfielder James Harper.


James Harper – central midfielder for Reading

Middlesbrough are also pursuing former Reading midfielder Steve Sidwell, now at Chelsea, but it appears that Aston Villa are favorites to sign Sidwell and Middlebrough have therefore turned their attentions to Harper.

While Harper is a good and experienced player, having played 275 times for Reading (24 goals), we’d be surprised if Kevin Keegan was really interested in the player.

Kevin has already said he’d prefer to sign players in the summer with proven Premiership experience and James certainly has that.

The central midfield player, who was born in Chelmsford and is 27 years old, is said to have a clause in his contract that allows him to leave Reading, now they have been relegated.

Reports today say he wants to take that option.

Harper, not surprisingly, wants to stay in the Premier League, and the transfer fee is said to be around £5m.

James started his football career at the Arsenal Academy (like Sidwell) but moved to Reading in 2001, where he’s been ever since.

We’re not sure Harper is the type of signing Newcastle need to make in central midfield, which is the engine room of the side.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far


    May 26, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    so one minute linked with top players around Europe – next players who got relegated.

  • Reformed_Mumbler

    May 26, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #2

    What reports and where are they from?


    May 26, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    I think too this is only a “follow up” becouse we are interested in former (now chelski) reading player SIDWELL…wouldn’t make much sense that signing!

  • Ben_BKK

    May 26, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    He seems to play best against Liverpool, he scored screamers in Reading’s last couple of matches against them if I remember correctly…

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5


  • Whitey

    May 26, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    I would prefer we sign Kevin Doyle then him.

  • Hadji

    May 26, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7


  • Mick G

    May 26, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Someone phone an ambulance, my pulse is beginning to race to rapidly.

  • 9 Shearer

    May 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Are these the top 4-5 players we are looking for what is wrong wit us Butt is better than him even at 33 or Barton on jail.

  • Leo

    May 26, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    hes a hard working player, same style as lee bowyer without the bad sides

    likes to get into the box at the last minute. would be a decent signing as a squad player, remember we have a small squad as it is

  • D B F

    May 26, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    not the type of signings i wud expect or want, but he scores a lot more goals than any of our midfielders so tht one plus, but certainly wudnt excite me in the slightest

  • sirjasontoon

    May 26, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    I can see us making these type of signings all summer, Piss poor and cheap as chips.

    Ashley just does not want to back his manager.

  • toonarmy08

    May 26, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Absolute shite ,no way are we in 4 this guy.KK said we have the squad players already ,we just need the 4-5 top players (if poss) to have a strong squad.Let the smogs have him!

  • Spot The Zeba

    May 26, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    Average player at best.

  • scott9

    May 26, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    i think he would be a great signing

  • Tom_Toon

    May 26, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #16

    5 mil for James Harper???????? Are you havin’ a lafffffffffffffffffffffff. You could buy an eastern european superstar for that 🙂

  • Singa_toon

    May 26, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Cannot be bothered with who we are linked even if we were linked with a swoop for lionel messi i couldnt care less…. no offense ed… Let me know when we have actually signed a player.

  • Bill F

    May 26, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Enn.. bugg*r it I’m to bored to say it.

  • Spyro

    May 26, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #19

    he just runs around like a headless chicken

  • The Entertainers

    May 26, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Harper is a half decent player for Reading, but ended up getting relegated! I agree with most comments, squad player at best. But we really need to be looking for 1st team players, i think we need 4 at least. A big striker (Gomez), left winger / creative player (Arda), centre back (Cuellar) and defensive midfielder (plently in France at the mo’). If there are still pennies left in pot we need cover at RB, LB & CM

  • Jóhann

    May 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Very poor player. Would be a terrible signing.

  • greg

    May 26, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Please. God. No.

  • lee caan

    May 26, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #23

    i am a steward at reading fc and i hav 2 say that harper is a very underated player. he would score more goals den ne central midfield players we have and has terrific pace jus wtch his goal against liverpool. i tink he would be a decent signing.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 26, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #24

    He’d be ok for 1 million. But 5 million is ridiculous. Benfica bought Binya for 300k.

  • Punk Skunk

    May 26, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #25

    £1/2m squad player…Next!..

  • Phil P

    May 26, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #26

    why cant he wear shirts that fit him.

  • nightfall

    May 26, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #27

    if smith was 6m, then harper is 20m 🙂

  • Punk Skunk

    May 26, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #28

    & at smiths current strike rate…It’s gonna take him about 100 years to match harper!..

  • ksmit

    May 26, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #29

    James Harper….
    Already have a James Milner and Steven Harper…. too much…


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