Newcastle Make Improved Offer For Stephen Warnock


Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is said to be ready to make an improved offer for Blackburn Rover’s left-back Stephen Warnock.

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Stephen Warnock – Keegan seems keen to bring him to Tyneside

The England defender was said to be the subject of a £3M offer from Newcastle last week, but other quotes had the fee lower than that. We think it was probably nearer £1.5M or £2M.

But it looks like Keegan is now ready to go back with a better bid, and certainly left back is one position the Newcastle boss is looking to strengthen.

Defenders Stephen Carr, Peter Ramage, Lamine Diatta and David Rozehnal have all left St James’ Park in the summer, and Keegan wants to bring in at least a center-back and left back to shore up his defense. (I’ve got Nicky Shorey on the brain!).

Kevin was asked which positions he thinks he needs to strengthen when he said he needed “about four quality players in the right positions”.

Kevin replied:

“If the evidence of Saturday’s game [the 4-1 win at Hartlepool is anything to go by, those positions are predominantly defensive.”

But new Rovers boss Paul Ince will also be keen not to lose too many of his players, with goalkeeper Brad Friedel and winger David Bentley seemingly leaving shortly.

Warnock is another product of the Liverpool Academy and is a decent player, who could get better under the guidance of Keegan, and he would battle young Jose Enrique for the left back position at Newcastle.   Warnock is flexible and can also play in left midfield.

He is 5’9″ tall and the Ormskirk-born player turns 27 in December. He has played 50 times for Blackburn, since signing from Liverpool in  January, 2007.

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71 comments so far

  • NE1

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    is he a left back?

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  • brownrob

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes I think so

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Well if we can get him its a good deal. I didnt know he was that old but still a good signing. I thought he was 25 😕

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  • ANDYNUFCGLOS

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #4

    tottenham making enquiries about arshavin,setanta sports

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  • Will

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #5

    I had no idea he was that age!

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  • Hatty

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    So Ed, where is your information coming from that we’ve made an improved offer, as reading your article, there is absolutely nothing to suggest that we have!

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  • PapaToon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    The type of player NUFC can attract currently. although i think Edgar should be used in that position for competition. Got to give youngsters a chance and hope that they can play for us.
    I think our main priority should be a creative midfielder. speaking of which, anyone heard of the rumour about Matías Fernández signing, has he been linked with us before?

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    He 26, turns 27 in december, but yer i thought he was early 20’s 🙁

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  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    i want us to sign him coz he is the best left back in the premiership.
    i asked you guys want do you think of signing a kenyan defensive midfielder called OSBORNE MONDAY who plays for the local side mathare united.Have seen him play and i swear though guthrie is not bad he’s a million times better than butt.

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  • Matt

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    He’s a player I’d very much like to see at the club. I hope this isn’t just rumour. Would provide a much needed challenge to Enrique. He’s got enouhg premiership experience too.

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  • shearer

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Would be a good signing, i wanted us to go for him when he went to blackburn but fat sam seemed to think 1.5million was not a good deal, presumably because he wasnt tall enough ffs – wonder why that fat mong got sacked? oh yes because he was hideously stupid and short-sighted in his views of how to build a good team

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  • Will

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    me too Tom4NUFC 🙁 rather have Shorey like, but roatation may not suite him or Enrique.

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  • agnetha

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Warnock is shocking. Very dissapointed if we are after him. Is the arshavin and arda deals dead now?

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  • Neil

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Dear Ed,

    Assuming your sources are good we would only improve our offer if we knew the lad was keen to come to us. Would he be keen to come unless he was given strong vibes that he would start. And if we up our offer we are approaching Shorey’s fee.

    Has Warnock played in central defence as well?

    Regards,

    Neil

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  • valle

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    I really had my mind set on Bridge and i think the guy is insane to play second fickle for Cole when he could challenge for the england spot if he played regular… But… Since thats out of the question now i guess Warnock aint to bad, altho i doubt Enrique can learn that much from him… Perhaps we should go for a foreigner with a bit of routine 25+?

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  • SteveM

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Finally some sense! – This one I believe, it’s not some agent hawking his player in the papers. Looking at our squad we are short in denfensive position esp right back. Age is right as well – if you are going to sign cover make it cover wth potential

    Goal – Harper Given Forster (np here)
    Left back (enrique – maybe zog) need cover
    centre back (Taylor, Faye, Cachapa) need at least one more player here – posssibly a first choicer
    Right Back (Beye) need another right back
    midfield defensive (Butt, Guthrie) – possible room for another first choicer
    midfield right footed (Milner, Barton, Geremi, Gutierrez) midfield left footed (Duff, Zog) – plenty of options here for various combinations
    Forwards (Owen, Martins, viduka, smith, caroll) again plenty of options

    Now obviously you can always fit another world class player in the side if one becomes available in any position as keegan said – “you dont look a gift horse in the mouth” buts as for transfer targets they should almost all be defenders – either better than what we have or young players with potential to be better than what we have

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  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    agnetha

    you dont know what you’re saying,talking as if you’ve never watched the premier league.I TELL YOU WARNOCK IS THE BEST

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  • chuck

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Not the quality we need.
    How about Evans ?
    Look you get what you pay for, why waste money on mediocre players when for a bit extra
    you can buy quality.
    Parsimony does not buy success !

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  • Irish_toon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Dear Neil,
    If any one can give the boy a good vibe about Newcastle it’s Keegan!!!

    Regards,

    Irish_Toon 🙂

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Shorey is overated AS HELL, if was playing for another promoted team and the team didnt do as well,he wouldnt of been looked at once… and for Warnock another overated player lucky to be in the Blackburn team to be fair so bit disapointing who hes been linked with, Chimbonda,Warnock,Shorey oh my some poor players there..

    On another topic and please reply to this lads, do you feel with Jonas Gutierez that we can get Daniel Milito from the relegated Real Zaragoza they said he will go for 10 mill and with a Argie that would be great for both to settle in?? what do you think?

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  • Malaysian Toon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #21

    African-Kenyan….I agree that Warnock is OK but the certainly not the best. And doubt he’ll get that much better as he’s already 27. Can’t count on the famous “potential” at that age can we. He is a dependable back up though much in the mold of Robbie Elliot.

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  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #22

    CHUCK

    YOU DONT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING CHUCK WARNOCK IS BETTER THAN COLES AND BRIDGES OF THIS WORLD

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  • Ericles

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Other people are telling me that this lad is good, dependable and worth NUFC signing. I agree – under KK we would get his best years out of him. Hope it is more than paper talk.

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  • Soren

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Think Warnock could be a good addition to us, and some competition for Enrique is vital.
    And at £3m it would be a good buy.

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  • Davies

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #25

    So what’s happened with the Insua deal then?

    I liked the look of him.

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  • smithy

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26

    worknock is a very got player with good experince, didnt know he was that old but still a good sighning if we get him. i really did want brige though. as good as he is i cant see him taking the left back spot from ashley cole.

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #27

    didnt KK say “quality” signing so if KK considered him “quality” then lets consider Titus Bramble as a “world class” defender 🙂
    They wont let him go on loan and wil not sell him too i dont think so thats kinda off.

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  • Spyro

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #28

    notice how it is only agnetha/fernando who claims Warnock is a shocking player. He is a spurs fan pretending to be a toon fan so he can constantly make pops at everything to do with the club without being attacked on here. If you check through his comments you will notice that he belittles almost every player we are linked with.

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  • Macas

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #29

    It would need a bid of £5 million at least to sign Warnock – why should they sell hin on the cheap? Those saying he isnt good enough need to take a reality check, he will certainly improve our squad and give competition to Enrique. But lets face it Ahsley is too tight and wont fork up whats needed to get decent players in.

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  • Liam

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #30

    i personally think that he would be a top quality signing its just a shame that we didnt make him ours when he was cheaper

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  • ANON

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #31

    chuck,

    Evans has signed a 3 year extension at Man Utd.
    Game over

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    One left back who has impressed me is Oliver Deschacht of Anderlecht, we could maybe get him for £3mil.

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  • agnetha

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #33

    spyro. this personal vendetta you have against me is becoming a little tireing. You are making yourself look an idiot with your conspiracy theories. Stick to winding us up on other blogs with your tales of press conferences.

    If you think warnock is the type of player we need then more fool you. Sunderland look as though they are going to sign chimbonda for 4mill and i think we have missed a trick if we dont sign him.It wasnt to long ago he was in the prem team of the seaon. Setanta are also reporting that spurs are in talk with arshavin. we have missed the boat there also it seems. Surely we can afford 20mill.

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  • Derdi4Toon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #34

    hope it’s just rubbish talk. i’d rather see teens like Kadar or even Tozer given a chance. Warnock isnt any better nor younger than what’s now in the squad. save the $, be it 1.5m or 3m or whatever, for a more classy midfielder pls. Rikitic can be a good cover on the left or central midfield. De Jong or Inler can also help out the makeshift LB if Enrique needs a break.

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  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we can but will we spend it? No.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #36

    Arshavin isnt worth a penny over £12mil.
    Hleb went to Barca for £11.8mil and Hleb is twice the player Arshavin is.

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  • tyneside tommo

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #37

    If this is true then I’m assuming the Toon is getting the come-on from the lad so let’s go go go.

    But I think Shearer is out of order when he says Fat Sam was “hideously stupid.”

    It’s not true. He showed himself to be VERY hideously stupid.

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  • goochy23

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #38

    warnock is a solid playa and wud be a gud signing also am pretty sure he’s not 27, can anyone confirm that for me

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  • gorskino10

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Tom Toon, one bad thing being at 27 is old for Kev lol, But as hes a (Vice Captain) he must be quite good :).
    On the same point he will not leave Anderlecht as his wife is from Belgium and in most cases its the WAG who is the main reason for a player staying/leaving.
    Maybe Miguel Torres from Real Madrid would eb good as he wont get in team thanks to Henize only 22 and right back and left too, or Nacho Monreal from Osasuna hes a left back too at 22 also or José Ángel Crespo from Sevilla left back i think 20 or 21 again.

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  • tyneside tommo

    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Ed’s absolutely right – the guy is 26, born december 12 ’81.

    The reason he looks so young is presumably cos there’s not much of a nightlife in Blackburn. Just watch him age if he ever gets the chance to hit the quayside – and hopefully not face down.

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