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