There is news in the People today that Newcastle have joined the race for Aston Villa left-back Nicky Shorey.
Nicky Shorey – available from Aston Villa?
It seems that Villa manager Martin O’Neill is willing to sell the England international Shorey, only five months after signing him. The reason for that is Shorey has not been in good form and is not in the Villa starting eleven with Luke Young (he’s the player we should have signed from Middlesbrough last summer) starting at left back and former Glasgow Rangers center-back Carlos Cuellar first choice at right back when he’s fit.
If we could get Shorey at a reasonable price that might be something that Newcastle may want to consider, but Shorey was off form for Reading last year. and doesn’t seem to be much better for Villa this season, but there’s a good player in there somewhere – and Joe Kinnear may think he can bring the best out of the former England International, who when on form has a lot of quality.
Newcastle’s top prioity in the transfer window is a left back, but the other news the People is reporting is that Newcastle would consider swapping Charles N’Zogbia for Shorey. We think this is just made up because Kinnear does nopt want to lose the Frenchman, and Charles looked lively when he came on for the scoend half yesterday.
Joe Kinnear came out over the last two days and says he’s fed up hearing about N’Zogbia wanting away, and it seems that Joe wants to keep players at Newcastle in January, apart from those he will sell, who are on the fringes of the firsat team, and will fund new players coming in.
N’Zogbia is not on of those players.
And the People says that Arsene Wenger will firm up his interest in N’Zogbia soon, but we know for a fact that Joe called Wenger a day or two ago and the Arsenal manager said he was not interested in the young Frenchman – but when did The People let facts get in the way of a story?
We think the Shorey interest from Newcastle may be true but a swap deal for N’Zogbia would hardly bee good for Newcastle.
Shorey has been capped twice by England, and was a £3.5M summer signing from Reading, so maybe a deal could be struck for him for around £2M, and we think that would interest Kinnear and Wise.