Sidwell Out Of Reach For Newcastle?

Chelsea have warned that they will not be willing to sell Steve Sidwell on the cheap, even though he was captured as a free agent last summer from Reading.


Steve Sidwell – Aston Villa are favorites for the midfielder

Chelsea are still without a manager, as Mark Hughes was yesterday appointed as the new manager of Manchester City, but the club is still prepared to sell midfielder Steve Sidwell.

North-East rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland are among quite a few Premier League clubs chasing the 25-year-old, with Aston Villa believed to be the eventual favorites to land Sidwell.

Villa have already bid £4M for Sidwell, but it looks like Chelsea want £6M for the former Arsenal player.

It seems that Newcastle were only hoping to pick Steve up on the cheap, and a fee of £6M is likely to dent any chance Newcastle have of capturing the player.

It seems strange that the club would back away from a £6M fee since Sidwell is a proven Premier League player.

Sidwell struggled to break into Chelsea’s star-studded team last season, making just seven league starts.

There was news last summer that a verbal agreement existed for Sidwell to join Newcastle as a free agent, before Glenn Roeder was sacked.

Newcastle have been linked recently with Real Zaragoza’s 28 year-old Argentine midfielder Pablo Aimar and have formally bid around £9M for Galatasaray’s winger Arda Turan.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    good, he is shite. i broke this one in again i guess lads, stopped that cool dj from all the cherry picking. off subject but what does this mean gsfan?

  • Rich

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Not worth £6million in my opinion, would rather buy that Sessegnon lad for £5 million as a defensive mid and feed him in gently to the premiership through Butts guidance!

    Would pay£4 million for Sidwell tops!

  • Stami

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Strange that we are not willing to make a move on him! would take him over Aimar!

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    wouldnt want sidwell purely for turning us down in favour of a career choice which ultimately failed. it was obvious to everyone including sidwell that he would be a bench warmer at chelsea and yet he still joined them instead of newcastle. He had his chance and passed on it. I dont beleive he is a 6 million player anyway. If we were signing a player of his ability from a foreign club he would be in the 2 million bracket.

  • John

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Could’nt care less about Sidwell..Villa can have him….I’m a bit more worried about us being linked with Emerson Boyce this morning..He could’nt be one off the TOP TOP TOP players Keegan was talking about getting…


  • Stami

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    c-mon, not a 6 mil player…we payed 6 mil for Smudge…!!!

  • Rich

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Anyone see we are linked with Zigic today? Apparent swap deal withh Enrique though

  • John

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Lads is Zigic good..Hav’nt seen him play at all..

  • Eric

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Leave Sidwell out of it. He turned us down once so no go. Anyway he is not good enough.

  • HeronMag

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Sidwell isn’t that good anyway. Not bothered at all.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Shouldn’t give him the honour of wearing the black and white shirt.

  • Oba

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Money grabbing idiot, you doesn’t mind sitting on the bench doing nothing.

    He’s also hardly played all season so he has had little match experience recently.

    Whoever said they’d take him over Aimar is clearly stupid.

  • Davies

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ve been saying we should go for Zigic for a while now. He would fit nicely into Viduka’s place in the 4-3-1-2 we’ve been using.

    Wouldn’t want to lose Enrique though. I think he’s going to be a left back legend after a year or two under Keegan.

  • Kash2

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    I don’t think the Boyce story has any substance. It’s convenient he’s currently negotiating a new contract!

  • spanishtoon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Morning lads….

    absolutely nowt in spanish press last few days or today about enrique-zigic…..dunno where this has come from….
    spanishpages have so much space to fill they’ll latch onto anything…but not this so id take it with a pinch of salt
    all valencia chat at mo is about tott-ars fighting for david villa….

  • Davies

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Oh yeah, and Sidwell is a nob. He belongs in the conference.

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Guys Elmander only has one year left on his contact, we should go for him. He would be great player to replace Viduka. Zigic not sure about. Harry Redknapp famously said he simply wasn’t worth the transfer fee as he had nothing to contribute but his height. Sidwell can stay where is he for 6m is isn’t worth that.

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 5, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Sidwell went to the cockney skumbags who have a LOT of top players which the Russian conman purchased for STUPID money. Is Sidwell realy that thick, that he snubbed us in favour of Chelsea thinking he would start every game and become a world class superstar? What a di*kheed!

    He is NOT good enough for us anyway! 🙂

  • Martins

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Anything new spanishtoon?

    Club inglés Newcastle interesado en argentino Pablo Aimar

    Madrid, 4 jun (PL) El club inglés Newcastle está interesado en contratar al mediocampista argentino Pablo Aimar, afirmó hoy el diario español Marca.

    Según el rotativo ibérico, Newcastle ve al volante suramericano como un crack mediático capaz de mejorar mucho un equipo que este año se ha quedado a mitad de tabla en la Premier League.

    La víspera, Aimar y su compatriota Roberto Ayala afirmaron que no tenían problemas para seguir con el equipo español Zaragoza pese a que ese plantel descendió a la Segunda división de España, pero probablemente si surge una atractiva oferta cambien de parecer.

    Newcastle se suma así a varios equipos que se han interesado en el centrocampista luego del descenso del combinado zaragozano, entre ellos el también inglés Liverpool y el italiano Lazio.

    Aimar, de 28 años, llegó al Zaragoza en la temporada 2006, allí jugó 38 partidos en las más recientes temporadas, y antes había ganado dos Ligas de España con el Valencia en 2002 y 2004.

    Con la selección nacional albiceleste, el pequeño volante participó en las Copas del Mundo de Surcorea/Japón-2002 y Alemania-2006, y además conquistó el primer puesto en el Mundial sub-20 celebrado en su país natal en 1997.

  • Cyprus-Toon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    ‘Once bitten, Twice shy’ is my motto!! Sidwell had his chance but decided to go to Chelski to keep Terrys boots clean & warm his seat for in, so nope, would defo NOT have him!!!

  • Penalty-Spot

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    From the BBC…

    West Ham striker Dean Ashton has pledged his future to the club by signing a new five-year deal.

    The 24-year-old, who had been linked with Manchester United, Portsmouth and Newcastle won his first England cap in the friendly against Trinidad & Tobago.

    “I said all along I wanted to sign, I feel I have still got a lot the club and the fans,” the former Norwich striker told the club website.

    Oh well, if he’s happy to stya at Villa he’l just have to stay there and watch us cruise past 🙂

  • spanishtoon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #22

    hi martins,
    nothing new today about aimar or anything involving the toon….that article is a paraphrasing of the article i translated yesterday which said that liverpool had come in earlier…………..interesting that your article mentions lazio and also says that aimar has claimed he is happt to stay and play in the second division (real zara got relegated)…..but i’ve heard the contrary to that…..

  • spanishtoon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #23

    god i sounded like alan oliver there…..”ive heard contrary to that”… avoid that…

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #24

    @penalty spot, you mean West Ham mate! 😉

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #25

    f**k the ginger twat………he shunned us last year just so he could go and warm the bench at chelski. dont want another clubs reject who f**ked off a club that would have played him week in and week out. you know, we should have kept parker, i never understood why we let him go. it must have been personal with fat sam. it was ridiculous the way we forced him out when he did not want to leave.

  • Penalty-Spot

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    oops (embarrasment).

  • Money Man

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Ashton signs new deal, Gomis signs new deal, Veloso off to Manure, we havent even tried for young aaron ramsey!! (We’re supposed to be scouring the world for the best young talent, remember, yet wisey wont jump on an easy jet flight to bristol, a short hop (no pun intended) to cardiff, and bobs ur cross dressing aunty)
    I am telling you this, it all bodes poorly for next season on Tyneside………..
    No one looks like signing and no one seems to want to sign.
    If Ashley is astute as he is supposed to be, why hasnt he got his team of Wise men (ha ha get it) out there, snapping players up, on a decent wage for a smaller fee before EURO 08 kicks off. Values will soar and so will wage demands afterwards.

    My theory is that MA wants to get the club back from a loss making business to a profit making business, before he will consider signing anyone of note, and that will take a year or 2 at least!!!
    THEN, when the first profit is made……………..SELL SELL SELL!! ;-p

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    cyprus toon! i am going on holiday to cyprus in august. Paphos! is it any good?

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #29

    We are one of very few clubs that made an operating profit last season!..

    …EZ tiger, with the negativity!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    You off to Cyrus broon ale, you lucky bazza!..

  • Archie Brand

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #31

    It’s no wonder that we keep losing half decent players. We’re not exactly the most forgiving fans in the country, are we?

    A year ago in this same blog Sidwell was considered a good player and the fans were excited at the prospect of him coming to Toon.

    A year later he’s shite and not good enough.

    And all because he chose to go to play with probably the best team in the country with European football available, rather than come to a struggling Newcastle.

    What are you lot like?

    As for his so called lack of match fitness – he’s hardly going to be any worse off than any one else after the summer break.

    In case you’ve been asleep for the last couple of seasons we actually are a bottom half team – its not an insult – it’s where we finished.

    Sidwell was good enough last year, and he’s good enough now.

    As for the comedians who say he’s not worth 6 million, we’d only give 4, or even 2 – I’m interested to know what is the basis for your evaluation?
    When was the last time you had to make a 4 million pound decision?

    Take a look back at the end of the summer and let’s see how many 2 million pound signings we get.

  • Money Man

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #32

    Skunk Punk, one of the very few??
    And the others??
    What were their profits in comparison??
    Arent we trying to cut costs, wages etc, because the forecast for the future operating profit is bleak (to say the least)?

    Negative?? What have you heard that is positive so far??

    I am not criticising, just interested on your outlook and your financial acumen………….

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #33

    Fair comment Archie!..
    …Some of us can be ever so slighly fickle, can’t we?..

  • Realist

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #34

    I predict that we will be in the same position this time next season as we are this season, why? Here is my thinking.

    Top four will not be broken next season!!
    Everton, Tottenham, A.Villa and Citeh wil battle it out for 5/6/7/8.
    West Ham, Blackburn portsmouth 9/10/11
    Wigan/ US / Bolton. 12/13/14

  • Leo

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #35

    im got a link to a comment by email and i havent even signed up to this article whats going on there lol

    anyway sidwell he is good but he snubbed us for chelski so maybe now he thinks he has lost something and now is worth us, the ginger cnut

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Well manwho & chavski weren’t 2 of ’em!..
    …All i’m sayin’ mate is: we’re already there & most clubs would love to be in our financial position!..Hey, i’m not sayin’ everythin’ hunky dory, but let’s try & stay positive & see what happens!..
    …A hell of a lot of what gets said here is regurgitated press garbage tbh…I understand that some actually believe a lot of that & put their own spin on it & others start takin’ it as gospel!..
    …I try to stay clear of that & wait for official confirmation of stuff, borin’, yes, but what else can we do?..
    …If we believe eveythin’ we read, we’ll end up insane by August!..

  • Realist

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #37

    My reasoning:

    Top four are streets ahaead of everyone else.
    Everton have a good squad and can only add to it
    Tottenham, investing heavily in quality signings and currently have a decent squad anyway
    Villa good squad and again will only add quality to it.
    Citeh, hughsey feel good factor and a crazy owner willing to invest megabucks!
    West Ham good squad, decent Manager and will probably add one or 2 decent players.
    Blacburn, new Manager factor, already have good players, may sell a couple for big bucks but will reinvest.
    Portsmouth, lots of money, decent players already will sign decent players.

    Us wigan bolton. small amount of decent players, small squads, and owners seemingley unwilling to invest a great deal to push on!!

    This is IMO before anyone jumps down my throat, but take a look at the big picture over the last year!!!!!!!!!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #38

    Can’t remember which teams moneyman, but there were only 4 or 5 & we are 1 of ’em, i’ll try & find the article!..

    …It was from Deloitte or someone very reputable, otherwise i wouldn’t say owt about it!..

  • Money Man

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Punk skunk, (got it right this time apologies) Fair comment.
    However NONE of what I predict has come from the media, I too despise their lives!!!
    I am just ever so suspicious of the fact that there does not seem to be a great deal of action behind the scenes and even when we were doing alright towards the end of last season, KK looked a broken man!! Almost as if he was told that all was not going to be as he expected from a billionaire owner!!!!!!!!

    I may just be paranoid…………….but somehow, I dont think I am!!

    You are just picking on me (JOKE)

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 5, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #40

    Ooo Nah!..Would i?..
    …I understand y’trepidation bro’…
    …But i think, for once, we’re mostly keeping stuff ‘in house’…Maybe that’s hard for us ‘Geordie public’ to take, after all, we’re used to blah blah blah, big name…Blah blah blah win the league…etc, from the likes of FFS!..
    …But hopefully, those days are over now, fank thuck!..
    …It just may take a while for us to get used to it, know whata mean?..


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