Portsmouth Pursue Bridge – Are Newcastle Interested?


Portsmouth are today reported in the Daily Mirror to be after Chelsea left back Wayne Bridge.

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 Wayne Bridge – capped 30 times for England

We mention this because Newcastle have long been linked with the former Southampton player, who Sir Bobby Robson almost signed from Southampton many years ago, but had an £8M bid for the defender rejected by Southampton.

Bridge emerged yesterday as another potential target for Harry Redknapp, to add to his successful capture of Peter Crouch from Liverpool recently.

Harry is also a fan of Reading’s Nicky Shorey, who is also available, although the Portsmouth interest in Nicky appears to have waned somewhat. The fee quoted for Bridge is around £5M.

Keegan has said he wants players with Premier league experience, and we think Wayne Bridge would be a great buy for the club, and the once capped Nicky Shorey, who would be cheaper, would also be a decent capture.

We have yet to bring in any defenders during the summer, and certainly Bridge would be an excellent acquisition.

The 30 times capped England International started just nine games for Chelsea last season, and we’ve always thought  it ridiculous to have England’s best two left backs in Ashley Cole and Wayne at the same club side.

Portsmouth have Icelandic international Hermann Hreidarrson, as their left back right now, and he was impressive in his first season at Fratton Park, but he is now 34 years old, whereas Bridge is just 27.

If Bridge truly is available, wouldn’t he be just what Newcastle need in their defense?

Comments welcome.



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77 comments so far

  • natedawg

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #1

    i like him but dont think either the bull or himself would b happy on the bench or being rotated

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  • broon ale

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #2

    i despise harry redknapp!
    i was delighted he didnt come to newcastle.
    i hate how he openly talks about his transfer targets.

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  • Martin

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    nate you have a point! I’ve been wanting us to go for Bridge for years – I thought we had him in the bag until A. – silent C – ole got injured and he got a good long run in the squad under mourinho.

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  • ToonKing

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    well, we should be interested…

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  • Kash2

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree with Natedawg, It’s either Bridge or Enrique. There’s no point having 2 first teamers fighting for LB, unless KK doesn’t rate Enrique?!

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  • WesToon

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree Kash2,but if not bridge or Shorey,who would you say is the best choice?? Personally it has to be one of those two..

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  • Leo

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    i wouldnt go for him, for many reasons which i am sure all know, he however is a good footballer and taking away his flaws such as injury prone would be a great left back for us.

    i would keep and open mind

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Rate him but we seem to end up with chelsea rejects that end up poor buys.

    Can’t knock harry redknapp no nonsense type of guy and is doing very well at pompey and picking up decent players too.

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  • James

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Screw him! He’s turned us down twice before and Enrique is far better.

    Enrique is a Geordie!!

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  • Michael

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Bridge is better than Shorey. If we sign one of them lets hope its him.

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  • broon ale

    Jul 15, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #11

    i disagree kash and nate. if we have ambitions to be a club capable of challenging for a posistion in the top half we cant afford to be sentimental about players sitting on the bench.
    it is widely accepted you need two players good enough to start in every posistion. it would be up to enrique and bridge (or whoever) to earn the shirt. the challenge is the same for both of them

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  • Kash2

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    @Westoon: I think BSA had the right idea when he tried to sign Drago for Seville. Get a player who is versatile enough to play a number of positions. For example a player who can play LB, CB, DM etc. Even a LB/LM player like Zhirkov!

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  • natedawg

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #13

    dont think we will sign a first team left back , might sign a first team alround defender for cover , like a phil neville , but the kid will be expected to step up in case of injurys

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  • Kash2

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    @Broon: I agree we need competition, but we also need versatility. I’m sure there’s plenty of players accomplished at LB who can operate naturally at other positions too.

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  • Danny

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    We would get Bridge i think, he would choose us over Portsmouth aswell.
    But i dont think we will be in for him, Ashley would say no, cause of his history with injuries… Simple as that, so he’s a no go Ed.

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  • natedawg

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    i no wa you mean broon ale , but bridge has been sitting on his arse on a bench for the last 3 or 4 years so doubt he would be happy being rotated or whatever after a transfer , he would want lots of first team football

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  • Cyprus-Toon

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #17

    If I remember rightly, the only injury he’s had is the one Wor Shearer gave him when he broke his leg!!!
    I’d take both of them or either of them, we need a second LB & RB, so if we can get them for 5mil, I’d be happy, as they both are pretty good players 🙂

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  • Davies

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #18

    I do think he would be a good buy, but Enrique’s development into a world class left back will be seriously impaired by having Bridge on the books.

    If KK favours Bridge, and he might, I think we’d end up losing the Bull. I think in the long run we’re better off keeping Enrique as first choice for left back and looking to Tozer and Kadar for cover.

    He’s got the potential to be world class.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #19

    Bridge will be expecting £65k a week as well. No way will MA pay that!

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  • Gunnar/Iceland

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #20

    would without a doubt improve our squad. Won’t be joining us though since those in charge dont seem to be interested.

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  • natedawg

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #21

    agree a hundred percent daives

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  • Ericles

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    Spot on James. Well said!

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  • MAG PIE

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #23

    natedawg and Kash2 hit the nail on the head. If we sign Bridge it will be to replace Enrique. Bridge won’t come to warm the bench here when he could presumably stay at Chelsea and do that. I don’t want Enrique to leave – he looks a great prospect. I say we pass on Bridge and Shorey (for same reason) and try for a versatile defender who can provide cover along the line and, therefore, will play a decent number of games.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #24

    Versatility, reminds me of Aaron Hughes. One reliable and useful player.

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  • Chris

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    I would rather we got a decent back up for Enrique aswell. He’s stronger and faster than Bridge and IMO the only thing that let Enrique down last season was his distribution.
    If he can work on his passing I think he’s going to be and excellent player for us!

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  • NE1

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #26

    If he’s available we should definitely be making a bid.
    I disagree that having Bridge will be detrimental to Enrique. If he’s good enough he’ll keep Bridge out of the team – if not – he won’t – simple as!

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  • Kash2

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #27

    MA will not want a £65k a week bench warmer!

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  • Total Flanker

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Bridge is overrated, his wages are too expensive and Redknapp is welcome to add him to the long list of under-achievers he seems to be gathering around him at Portsmouth.

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  • Derdi4Toon

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #29

    really no point of having a 28 yr old specialized LB to displace Enrique who seems a good prospect. Bridge is a decent player but why does he get stuck with Chelski while he knows he can’t play week-in week-out during his peak years? is he purely a money grabber or just loving London too much? if Kadar good enough he should be made the first backup for Enrique, probably a bit too soon than first expected but he’s already a big man and full international …

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  • Davies

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #30

    I wonder if it’s down to training. People talk about players’ natural positions, but surely you can learn to play elsewhere.

    Say, for instance, we got David Edgar training in all positions across the back four. Would this mean that, when he gets used to moving around, we will have a versatile defender? Or do you think we’ll just have another talented CB who will play wherever he’s told to in the back line?

    What do you think?

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  • Kash2

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #31

    @ Davies: I’d imagine like everything else in life, if you practise something for long enough, you’ll naturally become better at it!!!

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  • WesToon

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #32

    @ Kash2,very well put mate!!! Totally agree with the 65k,bench warmer aspect aswell as Drago & Zhirkov…nice 1

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  • Kash2

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #33

    @Westoon: I’m not just a pretty face mate! LOL

    Where’s Fernandoodoo? He still hasn’t answered my question!

    Fernando claimed we’ve been linked to Crystal Palace youngster Moses.

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  • JOeT

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #34

    Haha. Enrique quicker than bridge! Doubt It! Bridge is a modern day attacking left back with miles better defensive skills than cashley cole, let alone enrique. He’s been poorly treat by Chelsea and england for years and his professional attitude has been displayed upon countless occasions! He would be perfect for us in the left back position and would offer a better alternative to enrique, however enrique is definitely one for the future and he may not be too happy being on the bench! But as it has been previously stated…..its not the time for niceties, and after all we are looking for a step up from all departments so on that basis……..! This is one for King Kev im afraid!

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #35

    If we get shorey or bridge,then enrique wont stay as 2nd choice for the toon.I say bring tozer up as support for enrique,i think he can step up to the challenge.For beye we have edgar who i hope gets a few starts next season.CB we need a top class defender to help taylor.Then huntelaar,aguero and we should be ok for next season. 🙂

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  • John - Newcastle

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #36

    What part of ‘We’re only going to sign young highly talented players from now on” don’t some of you understand? Wayne Bridge doesn’t fit in with this, highly sensible, transfer policy at all.

    Granted, Bridge is a good defender but he’s also a player who’ll demand a very high wage. And despite him being a good player his best days are also behind him.

    Keep up the search for young talent is what I say, don’t revert to buying players on their way down and looking for another big pay day.

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  • Gooderz

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #37

    What about Juan Pablo Sorin? Hamburg have paid up the final year of his contract so he’s free. He’s got tonnes of experience, he can play in midfield, will be good company for Spidey and at 32 he won’t be around for long so he won’t hinder Enrique’s development.

    The only major concern would be his injury record of late.

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  • Kash2

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #38

    I think Shorey would be a better signing because his standards aren’t as high as Bridges. His wages wouldn’t be massive and he’d definitely fight for his place. But then again, Enrique is a better LB than Shorey, as long as Enrique sorts his crossing out!

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  • Nick

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #39

    ed you’re not getting with the ashley program.
    young players on low wages

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  • chuck

    Jul 15, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #40

    Have to say he (Bridge) onthe left and Beye on the right would give us one of the best sets of wing backs in the PL.
    Bridge is better than Enrique by far (dont get me wrong i like Enrique) but with Edgar challenging for a spot, we could generate some cash by selling Enrique and still have cover.
    If he is available for around £5m grab him.

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