There were reports yesterday that Newcastle were tracking two youngsters from Carlisle United.
Kieron Westwood – 23 year-old Carlisle and Ireland goalkeeper
News is that Newcastle are tracking Carlisle United’s highly-rated keeper Kieran Westwood, 23, and also keeping tabs on the Cumbrian’s young striker Gary Madine, who we were interested in during the January transfer window.
Keiren Westwood is 6â€™1â€ and born in October, 1984 in Manchester.
He has now played for Carlisle 131 times and is their first choice goalkeeper. He qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland national team by virtue of an Irish born father.
Westwood started his career at Manchester City in 2003, but he never played for them and moved to Carlisle United in 2004. becoming the understudy to Matt Glennon at that time.
Since then he has become the top goalkeeper at the club and only this month, he made his debut for Ireland, when he came on as a 65th minute substitute against Lagos, replacing Brian Murphy of Bohemians.
Gary Madine – Gateshead born 6’4″ striker
Gary Madine is a 6â€™4â€ striker, who is just 17 years old, and was born just south of the River Tyne in Gateshead, England – like our very own Andy Carroll who is 2 years older and one inch shorter.
Gary has played 11 games for Carlisle already, and is expected to challenge for a first team place during the 2007â€“08 season.
We can understand why the club is interested in Gary, who looks an excellent prospect, and he’s a local lad.
But with two excellent 20 year-old goalkeepers in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul, to back up Harper and Given next season, we’re not sure why we’d be interested in Westwood.