Are Newcastle Interested In Peter Whittingham?

News today that Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has lined up a £2M bid for Cardiff  City midfielder Peter Whittingham.

Peter Whittingham – are Newcastle interfested?

The Nuneaton born 25 year-old England U21 International (17 caps – 3 goals)  looked a good player last season, when he scored 25 goals in 51 appearances for the Welsh side, and can play on the wing or in central midfield.

Whittingham began his career at Aston Villa and was part of the FA Youth Cup winning side of 2002, and made his first team debut on 21 April 2003 against Newcastle United, as a second-half substitute for Gareth Barry.

He moved to Cardiff City in January of 2007,  for a reported £350K and has since played 159 times for Cardiff with 42 goals.

The 5’10” midfielder had played 62 times with 2 goals for Villa,  and was also out on loan at Burnley and Derby County.

And Peter was the top scorer in the CC Championship last season with 22 league goals.

Cardiff are short of money,  and it seems like £2M could tempt the Cardiff club to sell, but if he’s available for just £2M he would seem like a good buy for Newcastle too, since he fits the profile of the type of player Newcastle are looking for this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 2, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    He looked great in the fizzy pop, I would be tempted to give it a go, but at the expense of which of our established midfield?

  • JSYproject

    Jun 2, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    send smith in the other direction would be perfect.. Bring in someone with creativity, skill and goals… Get rid of someone with… Welll…. Nothing. Except he goes for some risky tackles sometimes, usually just after hes lost the ball.. and for some reason gets applauded for it. Id even chip in for his wages at cardiff so we could see the back of him

  • MarkO

    Jun 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #3

    No no no hes had one good season thats it, best had the same amount of goals when we signed him how did that turn out

  • fongct

    Jun 2, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    we need a backup left wing, and I will take him…even tho he is not the type of winger that I like

    2M isnt expensive and he worths a gamble….he wouldnt improve our starting 11 but I think he can be a good squad player

  • lesh

    Jun 2, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d be inclined to look at Darren Ambrose who’d be a real bargain buy… or free depending on Crystal Palace’s Administrator/ owner

  • geordielad880

    Jun 2, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I would try and get pennant on loan, i think hughton could get the best out of him, and he would be of no risk if we loaned him, also like stephen hunt, i would risk money on whittingham, i think we need another right winger myself, as i dont think we really have one now, as routledge wont cut it in the premiership

  • geordielad880

    Jun 2, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we should offload smith 60-70k per week, ryan taylor 30-40k per week, and xisco who is supposedly on 50-60k per week, we could around 7 million in wages a year, and replace them with some shrewd signings of younger players

  • RichK

    Jun 2, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Again as with the Onuoha story, this has no substance. The story is about Forest’s interest not ours. You could write the same story about practically any fringe prem player or any championship or lower div player. CH knows his targets, his budget and we’re just guessing. This is going to go on for a long time, we won’t make any signings until after the WC.

  • Geordie_Pants

    Jun 2, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9


    Pennant suggestion could be an extremely shrewd move. Signing Pennant is quite possibly the best realistic transfer suggestion, I have read on this blog.

    Additionally I am tempted to agree with you about unloading Alan Smith, only if we have a suitable hard man midfielder lined up.

  • premier

    Jun 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    is there owt left to mortgage to raise £2m

  • toonpigeon

    Jun 2, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree with many comments on here about offloading Smith, I think he has had his time at Newcastle and has never really produced anything. He has never scored for us and if he is on high wages then in order to balance our fiances I think we do need to offload him and some other players. I think many people are all wondering about the Steven Taylor situation, I would like him to stay but if we get offered a lot of money for him, what do you think would happen?

  • G

    Jun 2, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #12

    I thought Alan Smith was great little engine in the midfield this season. People seem to forget he hasnt played as a strker for quite some time and this seem to work against him. I still think he reads the game well and breaks down attacks quite well. Just an opionion like so no derogatory rebukes are required.

  • Sav

    Jun 3, 2010 at 3:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Give ’em Best and a bag o’ jersies.

  • noir9

    Jun 3, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Keep reading that we should get rid of smith, barton etc as they have not performed & to reduce the wage bill by 65/75 k a week. Easier said than done, who is going to buy them & would either player be prepared to take a paycut?


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