Newcastle In For Steve Sidwell Again


News in the People yesterday that Newcastle United are again interested in Steve Sidwell, the Chelsea central midfield player.

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25 year-old Sidwell shown with his son Harry in May

The People are saying that Newcastle United are making a shock move for Steve Sidwell – but we’re not sure it’s that much of a shock, because we’ve been linked with the player several times this summer. Of course we’ve also been linked with another 187 players, so that doesn’t always mean much.   😀

But now is the time that clubs will be trying hard to bring in players, since pre-season training will be starting, or has started for most Premier League teams.The Newcastle lads are back today, so we hope to see some photos of them sometime today on the official site.

One good thing about Sidwell is that he has plenty of Premier league experience with Reading (168 total appearance and 29 goals), but he hardly had a look-in last season at Chelsea, when he appeared just 15 times for the London club, who played over 60 games last season. Kevin is said to be looking for players with proven EPL experience.

It’s true this is a late move, because Aston Villa have already negotiated a price with Chelsea, thought to be around the £5M mark, and it’s now certain that Gareth Barry will be moving from Villa to Liverpool, so presumably Steve would be a straight replacement for Barry.

The good news for Newcastle is that Steve was all set to move to Tyneside on a free transfer last season, but then manager Glenn Roeder was sacked and Steve decided to join Chelsea, which we thought was a bad move at the time, because it would be hard for him to get a game with Chelsea’s world-class central midfield.

But he’d get a game at Newcastle, and he could play under Kevin Keegan, which we hope is a big plus in Steve’s eyes.

We’d love to see Steve join Kevin’s new revolution, because not only is he a good player, who started at the Arsenal Academy, but we think he’d get even better playing under Kevin Keegan.



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7 comments so far

  • Aussie geordie

    Jul 7, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Huh? Whats going on. Three wall virginitys! No sidewell. Get sibierski back!! haha

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  • dcbashore

    Jul 8, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #2

    No thanks for me. I’m not sold on a guy that’s only got one year of top-flight experience, regardless of league.

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  • WIGAZ

    Jul 8, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s not a bad player could be good replacement for butt but or £5m i’d rather get huddlestone from spurs better rabge of passing & more to his game! what you guys think? we shouldn’t of sold parker, he’d thrive in a KK team! any news on larsson?

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 8, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Sidwell has the potential to be the new Rob Lee – get him

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  • Martin

    Jul 8, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not so sure on this one…He turned us down before which implies to me that he’d leave us again in a crack if an upturn in form brought potential suitors from bigger clubs…

    Larsson is more diverse a player, younger and cheaper – makes more sense than Sidwell IMO

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 8, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Get Inler or Larsson before Sidwell. I’m not saying we shouldn’t get him, I’d just prefer the other two.

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  • Michael

    Jul 8, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Overpaid and overrated.

    One season wonder in my opinion.

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