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 Â£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 Â£3M bid.
Reading rejected a Â£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.