Sky Sports News is reporting that Newcastle United have just signed QPR’s Wayne Routledge, who turned 25 year old on January 7th.
Wayne Routledge – signed for 3.5 years – a surprise signing
SSN is reporting he has been signed on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
It is also reported by Sky Sports that Newcastle hope to complete all of their January transfer business before the weekend.
So that’s interesting and maybe we will sign Portsmouth’s Williamson and a striker before the weekend?
It’s an official signing since it’s on the Newcastle United web-site now.
One of the things we like about the signing of a more than decent and speedy right winger, is that it has come as a complete surprise, so what Chris was saying – we are working hard behind the scenes – seems to hold some truth.
We think most Newcastle fans will be pleased with this surprise signing, and let’s hope we get Mike Williamson tied up soon too.
The 25 year-old 5’7″ right winger was at Spurs from 2005-2008, and that’s probably where Chris got to know the player, and he obviously seems to rate the lad.
While at Spurs Wayne spent time on loan at both Portsmouth (13 appearances) and Fulham (24 appearances).
The Sidcup-born player started his career at Crystal Palace in 2001, and before leaving for Spurs in 2005, he played 110 times for the London side, scoring 11 goals.
From 2004-2007 he played 12 times for the England U21 side, scoring one goal, and played in the same side as our own Steven Taylor.
We think the lad is a good addition to the squad, but it may also mean the club is losing confidence in recent free agent Fabrice Pancrate, although there is still time for the Frenchman to come through at Newcastle.
21 games this season, in fact.