Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is said to be ready to make an improved offer for Blackburn Rover’s left-back Stephen Warnock.
Stephen Warnock – Keegan seems keen to bring him to Tyneside
The England defender was said to be the subject of a Â£3M offer from Newcastle last week, but other quotes had the fee lower than that. We think it was probably nearer Â£1.5M or Â£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”.
“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.Â Â 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 inÂ January, 2007.