Portsmouth Move For Newcastle Target Nicky Shorey

Portsmouth are reported in the Daily Mirror today, to be ready to bid for Reading left-back Nicky Shorey.


Nicky Shorey – are Newcastle still interested?

Newcastle need a new left-back in the squad before 31st August, and earlier in the summer we were said to be interested in both Nicky Shorey and John Arne Riise of Liverpool.

But Newcastle didn’t seem to bid for Riise at all and he joined Italian club Roma for around £4M.

So we wonder if Newcastle will be in for Shorey, since it looks like Portsmouth are now moving for the player, and are reported to be lodging a £3M bid.

Reading rejected a £4M bid for Shorey from West Ham United last summer, but things have changed since that time, with Reading now in the Championship, and probably needing to cut their wage bill while still trying to mount a promotion bid for next season. A tricky balancing act.

Nicky has played 267 times for Reading since 2001 and scored 12 goals. He has one cap for England, and before Reading, the Romford-born player was at Leyton Orient for a couple of seasons, and appeared 15 times for them.

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    not a big fan. enrique is better and as I said yesterday, Tamas Kadar will be pushing enrique for a starting posistion next season

  • Patrick

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t agree more that Kadar will shine next season.

  • James

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Kadar will be pushing every postion for a starting place next season! What a signing that boy was.

  • Hammy

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    let them…

  • Leo

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    bah, im just going to look forward to the first signing.

    also has anyone registered to


    just i tried because unless you register you cant write on the forums, it makes me sick when you go in and read the bloody manu liverpool fans etc having their little digs at newcastle…

    everytime i try to sign up it doesnt send me a sign up email that you need…..

    get your selves on that forum and back our lads up please.

  • HeronMag

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6

    I always thought Tozer looked like the more natural LB and Kadar the better CB…

    But if Kadar is that good at LB bring him into the first team!

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    sign him, for all kadar has had a great start here its a big step from reserve to premiership football and he may well not be ready for it yet, we need player playin who we KNOW can make the grade right NOW and we dnt know if kadar can yet, i personally dont want to be putting all my trust in young kids this season as it is a BIG season for us

  • HeronMag

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    On Shorey, I would be a little upset if we missed out. He’s an up and coming left back whose attacking nature would balance nicely with that of Habib Beye. But I still like Enrique more.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9

    heron mag- he isnt up and coming, hes 27, hes at his peak

  • Jammy

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Here is the link to message the editor of Newcastle Utd Mad or whatever it is called and tell them what a heap of cack it is.


  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d have Shorey for not much cash, but he doesn’t set ma world alight!..

  • ToonKing

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Kadar is a CB capable of playing at LB, if anyone it’s Tozer who will be pushing Enrique.

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #13

    we are buying no-one at all. i am convinced that we will get rid of a few more dross on high wages and then just blood the young ens. thats what i think will happen…………some blokec said the other day that we have spear in the bag and he will be announced on july 01st. he would be ok, and at only 15 should be in our price range……..a quarter of bons bons was what he asked for i think.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Get him but only for the right price.
    I beleive he can also play at right back,if so can provide cover for both Beye and Enrique.
    Could be a good addition to the squad.

  • HeronMag

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Geordie Nick – I didn’t click on that he was that old… He seems a young 27.

    Still has 6 years at the top of his game I suppose. He’s worth taking a punt on I reckon.

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Craig, hope Spear is French…good good news.Has he also asked for free supply of Oxy 5 .
    If thats the case they may drag their heels on this one too.

  • James

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Sentanta has just confirmed Barcelona have officially bid for Arshavin….

  • YID

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    You lot do make me laugh. Get him. sign him, ashley is a tosser, arda this, arda that, we are a big club. blah,blah,blah.

    Your going down barcodes!! lets see if your fickle fans fill out your ground in the first division.

  • sas

    Jun 26, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Craig, please read this every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep.


  • Kash2

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Considering Broon has played against Kadar, and knows his skill level, I’ll take his word for how good he is. Lets hope he swims instead of sinks in the EPL.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21

    your all kidding yourselfs if you think keegan will rely on any of our youngsters next season , may get an odd game if they are lucky .

  • 9 Shearer

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #22

    I really dont know what is happening at our club everything isnt right Keegan came bk bt nothing has happened yet. For Ashley he made a deal with Spurs 2 come 2 newcastle and f**k up our football. Wen i look at it Ashely says we are not going to spend alot of money we have made big signings but it hasnt worked, it were the managers that were sh*t, WE HAVE Keegan now not those losers. He says we will use kids, it failed for Sir Bobby who is Keegan if u know wat i mean. We are losing out great buys coz of this fat man not letting go of his money that is where i miss FREDDy from he got every player we wanted,he had a debt of 100m but do u know the dabts Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal have more than 100m and we all make 100m look like a big deal. The only problem freddy had was 2 ve non- Geordie managers but Ashely has non- Geordie backroom staff wat is worse.
    I had interest for next season coz he led for Arshavin, Arda,Cuellar,Aimar and many others bt look at it now we are leading on no one. we are now chasing floops from Spurs, Reading,WIGAN,Birmigham, players who cant even fight for a place or make a change at the club.
    We have no chairman for 2 weeks now we have an MD we are not running a casino we are running a club.
    Long live the Toon army. Geordie 4 life and death.

  • Neil

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Dear Ed,

    I wouldn’t say no to Shorey, but would prefer Bridge. However, he seems to like the bench at Chelsea, is probably at his peak, would cost a lot in wages and does not have fond memories of St. James’ where he suffered a horrible injury.

    Shorey’s form dipped last year, but he can pass a ball and defend.

    Am I detecting a more sober, realistic mood permeating the blog?



  • Hadji

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Out off topic but check this out,this could be a very positive thing for us.

  • gorskino10

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #25

    not another useless Reading Players. he is bad no wonder they got relegated and Sidwell is overated to let him go to Villa and let Shorey go to Pompy or West Ham get good players not this kind of players there ok for mid bottom teams like bolton etc….

  • Leo

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #27

    i need a bit of help lads and lasses, in dire need to change my tyre for ma car but can only think of two different tyre places in national and kwik fit…

    important because ive got to pick my sister from school because family are away…

    TYPICAL, i would just change for the spare but the bolts are too tight

  • Hadji

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #28
  • Spyro

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #29
  • DAvies

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #30

    Let em have him. Not fussed.

  • Hadji

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31

    Ed….Why my posts are not coming out,i wanted to post a link from The Guardian and its called”Platini warns clubs over financing”
    Check it out cause i think it would be a very interesting topic for today concidering there’s nothing going on on the transfer area.


    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Shorey good LB not much worse than Enrique defensively, Much better than Enrique attacking wise.

    Great delivery from set pieces and open play, An all round better LB than we already have at the club and we should bid for him.

  • faustino

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #33

    Spyro – that was written after the Man United game mate.

    I’d call that Craig Chisolm not realistic.


    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #34

    That was written six months ago everything has improved since then.

  • Ericles

    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Get the impression at NUFC that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Need a firm reassurance from KK that he is in charge of the squad and transfers. Would Shorey be happy as a squad player or would he demand first team all the time? Same for Chimbonda. Are they players who want to play for NUFC or themselves? NUFC is not a meal ticket or any old job until another club turns up. I am trusting KK on this. After all he found Beresford, Sellars, Tino, Rob Lee and brought Big Al home! Of course Pompey have moved for Shorey – they think we or Spurs or Villa are interested so they jump in. Not to mention the phone call from their transfer brokers working at the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail!!!


    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Shorey has 2 England Caps

    Vs Brazil
    Vs Germany

  • steve

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Shorey = rubbish
    geroff you useless bugger, could do better mesel

  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #38

    9 Shearer give your head a shake. The crimes Shepherd committed against this club with his 2 faced, self – serving greed, interference, appalling decision making, xenophobia, brothel creeping etc, while running the club in to the ground and walking away with 40M, could fill a library.
    I like the idea of youngsters not has beens on unsustainable wages. If keeping a 4-3-3

    Harper / Krul
    Beye (capt). Kadar / Taylor. Edgar. Enrique .
    Lua Lua Faye N’Zogbia
    Derdiyok Martins.



  • Spyro

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #39

    enrique over shorey any day, enrique has the potential to be much better, however, shorey as cover would be fine for me

  • James

    Jun 26, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Based on no signings, this is the current line up for Old Trafford opener:


    And that line up would get thumped by Manure


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