News this morning on a couple of web sites, including Vital Football that seems to suggest that Newcastle may be interested in Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky.
Â Paul Konchesky – while at West Ham United
It would not be the first time we’ve been linked with the Barking, London born 27 year-old, since when he was younger, Bobby Robson almost brought him to Tyneside, when he was at his first club, Charlton Athletic.
Konchesky joined Fulham from West Ham United last year and seems to have been one of the London club’s most consistent performers last season, when they amazingly were able to avoid relegation under Roy Hodgson, winning 4 of their last 5 matches, including their last three.
Fulham are a great little club, and we were really pleased they stayed in the Premier league, but they’ll have to buy this summer to ensure their survival next season.
It could well be that to bring in 6-7 players to Newcastle this summer, Keegan will need to pick up one or two bargains, and he’s also been looking for players with Premier League experience.
Paul isn’t at the top level as far as playing is concerned, but he is consistent and a good solid defender, who can do a job at a club, and seems to have an excellent attitude.
The transfer fee being mentioned is Â£2.5M, which would be a good buy for Newcastle at that figure.
We’re actually fairly well off with Beye and young Jose Enrique at the club as full backs, but with Stephen Carr gone, we will need to sign another left back at least, to give the promising Jose some competition.
We’ve also been linked with Spurs’ full back Pascal Chimbonda, and Reading’s Nicky Shorey.
Konchesky is not the best full back in the PL by a long way, but Paul could still be a solid buy for the Tyneside club.
He played 149 times for Charlton from 1997 until 2005, and scored 5 goals. In 2005, he joined West Ham for Â£1.5M and played 59 times with one goal for the Hammers, before moving to Fulham last summer for Â£3.25.
He played 33 times for Fulham last year and has played a couple of times for England, and 15 times for the England Under-21 side.
Paul was also on loan at Tottenham in 2003 for a short time, and played 12 games for them so he has 253 games under his belt in the Premier league.
He was an outstanding player when younger, and made his debut for Charlton when he was just 16 years of age.