Sidwell Holds Up Villa Move – Newcastle Interested?

Steve Sidwell’s £5.5M move from Chelsea to Aston Villa is being delayed over a conflict involving his Stamford Bridge pay-off, which is a little matter of £2M.


Steve Sidwell – could Newcastle become interested?

Sidwell still has three years remaining on his £50K/week contract at Chelsea, and is apparently holding out for a £2M settlement, according to The Daily Mirror today.

The midfielder joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Reading only last summer, and was probably paid a signing on fee then, so it seems a wee bit greedy to try to get £2M when you leave. We have to admit that may have been in his contract and if he’s fighting over a contract dispute, Steve has every right to do that.
We know he’s got £2.5M from his wages at Stamford Bridge for the year he was there, even though he only appeared 15 times for the Chelsea club – so that’s about £167K per appearance (not even full games).

If he does get the £2M, which may have been written into his contract. that would be £300K for each game at Chelsea, not too bad a payment at all.

Villa are understood to have verbally agreed the fee with Chelsea for Sidwell at £5.5M, so that’s pure profit for Chelsea too, so maybe Sidwell is trying to get some of that Chelsea profit.

But we wonder if Newcastle may become interested, now that we know what the fee for Sidwell is.

Steve would be a decent buy for that money, as long as the £2M is a legitimate item in his contract, because the last thing we want at Newcastle, is players at the club just for the money.

We’ll assume it is a contract dispute, and of course nothing like that will be in his contract if he signs for Newcastle United.

Sidwell was happy to have come to Newcastle last summer, before Glenn Roeder was sacked, so it was just a thought that he may still be keen to come to Tyneside.

He’s signed for nobody yet, and certainly fits the blueprint of younger players Keegan and Ashley will bring to the club in the summer – and Kevin is now back in town, and only too ready to do business.

Comments welcome.

148 comments so far

  • Wezside

    Jun 25, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s a mercenary that boy – having said that, Beye himself said he was only coming to the club for the money and because of Fat Sam’s injury record – and he shows more passion than most players on the pitch so don’t know what to think

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Mercenary – No

    However id take anything at the moment, especially in centre midfield, but 5.5 is steep for Sidwell.

  • harrier

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Why did you choose a picture of him groping his plums ed?

  • Faustino

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Look at what the mackems paid for chopra and richardson.

    5.5 is a steal 😉

  • richie

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #5

    same id take anythin in mid at mo..

  • Anthony

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #6

    he is a mercenary, so no thx…

  • steve

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t rate him, almost all footballers are mercenary, lets face it if you could double your money working for a different company to do the same job I’m sure you would jump at it – I don’t mind this at all, it’s about how commited they are to doing a good job and actually earning thier wages – Beye, Enrique, Butt, Harper, Given, Owen and a few others actually work for thier cash – others such as Carr were just picking up the wage packet

  • belfast toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #8

    chill tom toon panic buying is the last thing we need I say stuff him we were not good enough for him before he joined chelsea


  • julio

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Why would he choose us over Villa anyway?

    They can offer at least the same wages and also have a better squad with European football next season.

  • harrier

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #10


  • belfast toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Maybe i’m being stupid was that not a permenant deal last year

  • micepie

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Shooot, never mind that – looks as if we’ve just woken up to find it’s summer 07 again and were about to begin that horrible season under BSA!

    NEW in the last 5 minutes


    Hammers sign Parker – 17:01

  • normski1930z

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #13

    half decent but no better than wot we have got really dont think he would improve our team at all.

  • harrier

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Atleast now we get a chance to fix our mistakes! Sam Out! Keegan In! Sign Up Arshavin! Put 10000 on Man U winning the PL and CL!

  • toon-tastic

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #15

    sidwell is not we r looking 4 he wont bring any creativity 2 r midfield aimar is a proper target can spray passes look at sidwell cm look at scholes, fabregas, gerrard, lampard can make the killer pass

  • Hammy

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Screw him……had his chance and decided to take a year off and fill his boots (or bank account) at Chelsea, not as good as he thinks he is.

  • toon-tastic

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #17

    i think geremi would be best at dm or cm cos he can pass the ball on his day remember that cross to owen agaisnt sunderland pure quality

  • Mac

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Geremi can´t pass wind. If he´s gonna be our midfield master then we really are doomed. Sidwel not good enough as has been said on here he had his chance to come to us but decided against to warm the bench

  • belfast toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #19

    well said mac people should want to come here not as a second choice what message would that send out

    of the players we have got off chelsea who has been the best

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #20


  • Nick C

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #21

    I was a bit gutted Parker left. His second season was pony mind and he is a bit of a dwarf. Oh and that twirly turn around thing he always used to do properly wound everyone up.
    Still couldn’t help but like him though…

  • spoiler

    Jun 25, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #22

    you lot should read newcastle-online and get a life and your summer back

  • belfast toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #23

    i would agree we could do worse than him he always give 100% best of luck too parker

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 25, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    parker wud be a good player if the goals were on the sides of the pitch, evrytime he gets the ball he does tht little turn around things then runs sideways

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #25

    used to luv his crunchin tackles tho always remeber the one on joe cole wen it made him do a full flip in the air quality

  • GayGeordie

    Jun 25, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #26

    i dont think he will join because we are crap, with a crap manager and crap team. plus we all expect too much from our players when we have never been a major force and never will be.

  • mikeygd

    Jun 25, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #27

    we could do alot worst than sidwell but for me its the principal of the possibility of having him for a free and now the possibility of having him for 5.5mil is a bit ridiculous. That being said i would rather him than the spurs rejects weve been linked with, the exception of lennon.

  • chico

    Jun 25, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #28

    And why would Sidwell decide to come to Newcastle? Am I missing something?

  • toonfan1

    Jun 25, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #29

    the best signing from chelsea had to be celestine babayaro. never put a foot wrong, had the skill of ashley cole. i cant believe that we let him go. he was a model professional. never injured. quality quality player. im sure many other newcastle fans would agree with me.

  • hughes

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #30

    chelsea fan here. been hanging around stamford bridge today as there were a few rumours that chelsea would be announcing a signing.

    the word down here is that sidwell was at sjp today to talk to keegan. dont rate him myself but should do well for a team like yours

  • Ericles

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #31

    No, No, No. He did not want us once. Now he can go jump.

  • belfast toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    toonfan1 are you mad he was useless i can’t remember one good game of babayaro

  • toon tastic

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    who ever geremi midfield maestro is dun if he is so rubbish why did he play 4 real madrid and chelsea anyway i said geremi could be suited at defensive midfielder aima an attacking midfielder

  • normski1930z

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #34

    sidhell for me like, his heeds on fire ffs…. how much first team football has he had over the last year . i rest my case.

  • Ashton

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #35

    John Obi Mikel will be nice 🙂

  • gorskino10

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #36

    So sidwell went on free and played crap and is now worth 6mill so does that mean smith is worth 20mill lol its a joke hes rubbish keep at aimar, arda etc…..

  • Leo

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #37

    toonfan1 are you taking drugs? lol…

    sidwell hmm well parker didnt do to badly for us

  • Mad_Magpie

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Well Turan is certainly impossible now if he wasn’t before

  • Whitt

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #39

    what European competition are Villa in?

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 25, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #40

    If KK wanted him there would have been a bid by now…..he wont want sloppy seconds would he


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