Newcastle Sign Wayne Routledge From QPR

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.

Comments welcome.

41 comments so far

  • Mikey25

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Great news, just what we needed! Nice to see us continuing with the no rumour transfers!

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Terrific!! Great to Chris add to the squad. And a good signing as well.

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #3

    well hate to say i told you so but for those that believed me about this transfer at 9am then you found out early! those who didnt , well lets say dont go and see sherlock holmes cos yo wont understand the clues lol

  • toonoholic

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    I think this is one of the better transfer news i have heard for some time. We have had issues on the right wing for quite some time now and he is a perfect fit. Hopefully he has left behind is injury issues. Finally a real quick and skillful player

  • bro56

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    its a signing but a good signing is a little optimistic. 3.5yrs ? for a duff winger?

    more proof the Ashley will only sign second-rate players that don’t cost much to buy or pay. This doesnt bode well for the future but i hope i’m wrong..

  • lesh

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    And QPR are expecting a party atmosphere when we visit Lofthouse Road too!,,10373~1906390,00.html

    Fingers crossed for a great day in the smoke.

  • Wallsend Will

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Well done craigcoozy. Tell us more! Who else is staying in that Hotel?

  • lesh

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    C’mon bro56, give Ashley a break – he’s damned if he doesn’t sign and he’s damned when he does.

    Let’s not forget, he’s trying and succeeding in getting the financials right and one thing’s for sure, we’ll be in better shape at the end of the season.

  • toonoholic

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    bro56 apparently we failed a bid for cristano ronaldo and then nani and so we had to settle for routledge .

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    craigcoozy // Jan 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    lads for you’s that know my source , av gt some good scoop, mike williamson and wait for it ……….. wayne routledge have checked in at newcastle

    thats it mate jus williamson nd routledge , realy wish we signed nathan dyer , av uny seen 1 game this season but thou he tore us apart!

  • Thump

    Jan 26, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Christ sakes, Ashley does something wrong and we kick off, he does something right and he’s still getting slagged. Wonder what you’d all say about him if we did the treble next season…

    @craig: I didn’t doubt you mate, you’ve been right about these things before I just doubted him agreeing personal terms.

  • toonoholic

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    williamson is matter of time. Would like to see beckford or a playmaker instead. That would be 4 good signings for the january window. Hopefully signing of routledge means bye bye for geremi

  • MacToon

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    craigcoozy, a rumour that’s true , well done m8.

    Could be a good signing and we needed something on the right wing as Pancrate probably needs more time and LuaLua has gone missing! Oh and Guthrie hasn’t done well in that position.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #14

    A not so bad signing and it should spell the end of Geremi and Pancrate who flattered to deceive with his wonder goal and has shown why he is basically a head down run into blind alleys journeyman.

    We still desperately need some creative midfield player who can actually put his foot on the ball, look up and play killer through balls. We had Beardo and Milner should have been his natural replacement.

    I wonder just how much Barton has cost us on a games actually played ratio ! Has he ever been fit in his whole career ? I’d love to see pay as you play come in.

  • tdt

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Good news finally! Hopefully Simpson and Routledge can strike up an enrique-spidy-esque pasrtnership down the right-hand side.

    We still need:

    1 CB = Williamson
    1 AM = Loan a young starlet from arsenal…
    1 ST = Loan an experienced PL striker…

    Then we will hopefully go straight up at the end of the season.


    And for back-up:

    Pancrate-Guthrie–Barton–Lua Lua

    Then we will also have a loan midfielder, loan striker and all the youngstars such as donaldson, vuckic, etc to add to that.

    To summerise, a couple more signings stated above will suffice Mr H.

  • baro

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #16

    yes excellent lineup. Can’t wait for Haris Vuckic to come back to lineup.

  • NewcastleMole

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #17


    Nice Line ups however i’d rotate the strikers often as theyre all so inconstant.

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #18

    I was just moaning how we lacked pace. I’m chuffed with this signing 🙂

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #19

    At least we’ll have some pace on the right side now & an alternative to Jonas

  • Ollieh51

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Routledge comes in, we have pace and someone that can cross FINALLY!

    Really think Barton is needed for us now with Kev looking tired, Butt incapabile in my opinion and Smudge still not sure what he’s meant to be doing.

    We’re still craving creativity in the centre of the park but I’ll be gutted if Danny Guthrie doesn’t get the playing time he’s deserved through some awesome performances. So economical with the ball and can deliver on a dependable level too.

  • Steved

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Well i have been complaining about a lack or pace and a right winger, so thanks whoever sorted that out.

    Creative midfielder is still on the list though!!!

  • Steved

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Ollieh51 “I’ll be gutted if Danny Guthrie doesn’t get the playing time he’s deserved through some awesome performances”

    If we do get a good creative midfielder ‘ which we need ‘ Guthrie wont get a game, he is not creative and we have better defensive midfielders

  • Raffo

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23


    That would be my line up of the current squad, which can be altered if we get a couple of other signings. I would like to think that Forster and Krul would get more playing time next season, we need to keep both of these guys happy. It would be a disaster for either to leave. I know Harps has done well this season but we need to look towards the future, and we now seem to be going for the younger players which obviously bodes well for the mid term

  • yemozone

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #24

    This is very good signing………didn’t see it comin. He is a natiral right winger that will make a lot of impact in the CCC & PL

  • Darling27

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Finally some pace on the right wing 🙂

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #26

    sorry didnt reply to your text this morning. Just got in from nights!

    Good info mate, from your source (wink wink)

    Ok signing………on the plus side we needed a RW and some pace in midfield. On the down side, light weight and never made it at top level.

    You know what they say, you buy Championship players, you’ll play championship football!

  • Ollieh51

    Jan 26, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Steved – Very true. The worry is also that we’ll have a notable lack of ability from dead balls though unless Routledge is the ‘complete’ package.

    We’re (admitttedly theoretically) a very good aerial team but without the delivery can’t make use of our assets. He’s a work horse too. Closing down etc is brilliant.

    Ryan Taylor has been exposed as what would be a fantastic RWB – IF that didn’t include having to head a ball or be quick!

  • Steved

    Jan 26, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Ollieh51 – True and to make it worse Taylor is our best dead ball taker but thats about it!!!

  • Mark-o

    Jan 26, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #29

    your exactly whats wrong with this club mate. You demand massive signings then blame the manager/chairman when it goes t*ts up.

    It could be worse, we could be portsmouth. Look at the mess they’re in! Selling a few of the over rated over paid players (Martins, Duff, N’Zgobia etc) seems like Ashley knew what he was doing. And all the ranting and raving about MA taking us down wont change anything. Plus its was the players on the pitch who didnt perform.
    Dont tar me with the pro-ashley brush, because i feel the way he has gone about his task as chariman has been rediculous, but if its sensible investment and wage caps then im all for that idea.

  • Doocey

    Jan 26, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m delighted with this signing if I’m honest.

  • ziad

    Jan 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #31

    great signing !!! Well done whoever is in charge of signings. Let’s hope we sign williamson very soon..

  • bro56

    Jan 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #32


    wooo mate, who said I was demanding massive signings? I’m pleased we’ve got rid of the prima-donnas we had last season. what I said was he was second rate. His final ball isnt the best hence other clubs trying him out without success. 3.5yr deal is poor in my eyes given we might get promoted this season. Is he expected to play his part nxt yr in the prem? And yeah, if Ashley capped players to make a point then i’m all for that but I doubt he’s doing it for this reason. He’s doing it to save money. like I said, I hope i’m wrong though.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Wow!¬ Fantastic.

    Never really fulfilled his potential but has pace and good ability. Cant see him being much more than a squad player in the prem, but still not a bad option to have in any league.

    Bro56…come on mate i cant see what you class as a first rate signing in the championship if you see routledge as second class. A starting player who wasnt looking to leave a club that dont exactly need money…he is no mercenary!

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Jan 26, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Pleased with this signing, better than anything we have on the right wing at the moment. Tottenham as they have typically done with alot of talent during the Levi era mishandled him and I was surprised when he ended up back in the Championship. Has a good engine, can beat a man, pick a pass and most importantly knows how to whip in a good ball, will be a good addition.

    At this point I’d like to point out once again how pleased I am with Chris Hughton, honestly the best thing to happen to this club in a long time. I was one of many doubters at the beginning of his tenure and I have never been more pleased to be wrong about something. Feels nice to not be the laughing stock of the football leagues for once, big credit to Chris and the job he has done so far.

    Will be paying close attention to the fixtures this evening with tough games for our closest rivals, lets hope they both drop points.

  • hayward223

    Jan 26, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Plessis from liverpool is apparently available for loan, would like to see him come here. Huge centre mid, can get round the pitch, love to see him, along with Daniel Fox, Williamson and Skjelbred

  • Daftus Doofus

    Jan 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #36

    We hope young Wayne is a better winger than the last winger called Wayne that we signed from QPR.

  • Daftus Doofus

    Jan 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #37

    “Plessis from liverpool is apparently available for loan, would like to see him come here. Huge centre mid, can get round the pitch, love to see him, along with Daniel Fox, Williamson and Skjelbred”

    We would definitely like to see Plessis and Skeljbred at Newcastle. We are not too sure about the others though.

  • ende

    Jan 26, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #38

    ok ok okaaay! Enough of the royal We.

  • Daftus Doofus

    Jan 26, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #39

    … Oui! …

  • g3ordos

    Jan 26, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #40

    End of the day, its a good signing because we have signed somebody. He clearly has ability, and this time last year we watch the transfer window close and no signings… Forget whether Ashley is just tight and welcome another addition to a light squad


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