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 Â£4M for Sidwell, but it looks like Chelsea want Â£6M for the former Arsenal player.
It seems that Newcastle were only hoping to pick Steve up on the cheap, and a fee of Â£6M is likely to dent any chance Newcastle have of capturing the player.
It seems strange that the club would back away from a Â£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 Zaragozaâ€™s 28 year-old Argentine midfielder Pablo Aimar and have formally bid around Â£9M for Galatasaray’s winger Arda Turan.