Newcastle United are reported today by the Daily Mail, to be closing in on a move for Blackburn Rovers left-back Stephen Warnock.
Stephen Warnock – Newcastle closing in?
However, new Blackburn manager Paul Ince is still insisting that none of his squad is for sale, but it appears that Warnock would prefer to at least speak to Newcastle, to understand what they have to offer.
Being a former Liverpool player too, you have to think that Kevin Keegan is an attractive manager to the once capped England defender.
Warnock has become unsettled after hearing of Newcastleâ€™s interest and it could be that he would be number one choice for Newcastle, if indeed he moves to Tyneside.
Blackburn have already lost David Bentley and Brad Friedel since Paul Ince took over from Mark Hughes, and Paul said today:
“Clubs are trying to unsettle some of my players. The door is shut, the players canâ€™t go, full stop.”
Bentley went for a ridiculous fee of Â£15M to Tottenham – well there’s nothing like overpaying for your players is there?Â Newcastle have lots of experience of that, that’s for sure.
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel was offered a deal he said he couldn’t refuse, by Aston Villa, and Blackburn reluctantly agreed to sell the 37 year-old for Â£2M.
But it’s really hard to keep players if they want to leave, and usually the clubs are forced to allow their players to move on rather than keep them at the club, and that’s even though the have signed contracts there.
“The last thing I want to do is sell my best players. I can say, 100 per cent, that nobody will be leaving this club.”
We think Warnock could do well under Keegan, but we have to ensure we don’t overpay for the player, and he’s not worth much more than Â£3M or Â£4M.
A left-back must now be our highest priority, if we assume Coloccini will sign this week – sometime.