Sky Sports News is reporting tonight that Newcastle have had a bid accepted for Portsmouth center-back Mike Williamson.
Mike Williamson – bid accepted – can terms be agreed?
The defender was at Watford, for a short time, until he moved to Pompey on September 1st last year, but has struggled to hold down regular first-team football at Pompey, and in fact has still to make his debut for the Portsmouth first team.
Newcastle were interested in acquiring Williamson last August, but no bid, as far as we know, was made at that time. Portsmouth paid an initial £2M for the player, which would rise to £3M based on appearances, but since Mike hasn’t played for Pompey, we believe a decent bid of around £1.5M from Newcastle could have been enough, especially since Portsmouth are short of cash.
The 26-year-old, who stands 6’4″ tall, has also played for Torquay and Wycombe Wanderers, will hope a move to the North East will help to reignite his career, but it’s by no means certain that terms can be agreed with the player, since Newcastle seem unwilling to pay the outlandish wages for which they were famous – note the past tense.
Sky Sports had reported on Monday that Newcastle were interested in Williamson, who stands 6’4″, and we’ll have to see if anything will be announced on the Newcastle Unit5d web-site in the next day or so.
This news comes at a time when it looks like Sunderland have clinched a deal with former Newcastle target Matthew Kilgallon, of Sheffield United, but personal terms could not be agreed with the player. That’s just one disadvantage of being in the Championship.
We’ll have to see what Mike is like, if indeed he does decide to sign for the Magpies, but whether we can match the wages Portsmouth is paying him remains to be seen.