Sunderland After Michael Carrick – Are Newcastle Interested?

News tonight that Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has Manchester United’s Wallsend-born midfielder Michael Carrick in his sights.

Michael Carrick – Sunderland target

Sunderland captain  Lorik Cana surprisingly signed for Turkish side Galatasaray for £6M this week, and Carrick is thought to be a potential replacement for the 26 year-old Albanian International.

It is believed the Red Devils will be open to offers for the former Wallsend Boys player, who turns 29 at the end of this month, and of course Michael has struggled to hold down a regular starting place at Old Trafford.

Sunderland seem to have transfer money available this summer, and presumably the £6M they got for Canna will help.

Carrick has been for some time, in our opinion,  almost a perfect player at  Newcastle as a defensive midfielder, but we don’t think Michael is on Chris Hughton’s radar screen at all, and the Tyneside club probably don’t have the £7M in any case.

Carrick is another example of a local lad Newcastle missed when he was a youngster, having been a star at Wallsend Boys club and having played for the  England Boys Clubs side, but still Newcastle didn’t sign this lad.

Like Steven Taylor, Michael started playing football as a center forward, and it was only when he moved to the West Ham Academy, that he was converted into a central midfielder.

Hopefully our scouts will soon start signing the top Newcastle youngsters, so we don’t have to bring them back to Newcastle for big fees as we did when we had to pay out £15M for a certain Alan Shearer fourteen years ago, who also played at Wallsend Boys Club of course.

Why don’t Newcastle support Wallsend Boys Club with a little money each year, use them as a farm club who are in constant communication with Newcastle, so we at least get the pick of their players?

We’d be surprised if Newcastle even go after Michael Carrick this summer.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • hayward223

    Jul 10, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #1

    His wages would be huge, cant see it happening. On a side note im looking to come up to see the Newcastle vs Psv friendly, wheres the best place to sit? Any particular stand good?

  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 10, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Geordie manager, Geordie captain

    Gotta Laff.

  • Eaststander

    Jul 10, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #3

    The eaststand is where I have my season ticket which you can see from my name. I find it the best stand to soak in the atmosphere of the full stadium. Great view of the pitch. Should have been the Bobby Robson stand but maybe Mike is keeping it for himself the greedy pig.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 10, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #4


    Get yourself in the Gallowgate end mate. As for Carrick, yeah lets bring the lad home. A Wallsend lad so he cannot get anymore black n white. I will be playing 11 aside with his brother Greame next season so i will badger him for a few answers lol.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jul 10, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Carrick wouldn’t come. He wouldn’t go to Sunderland either.
    Also he’s cost £7/8 million – not happening.
    Plus, as mentioned, his wages would be too high and he’s over 26.
    He also rejected us as a kid – so don’t really care about him at all

    hayward, I just posted this on the other article:

    I’d say the Gallowgate-Stawberry Corner end. It has singing and a good view.

    If you want singing – Curva Nord (Singing section) not too sure whether you could get tickets for there though

    Good view – East Stand

    Cheapness – Family Enclosure

  • Toon1978

    Jul 10, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Carrick only accepted West ham as a kid as they had the best youth system in the country and maybe still have. He had a few clubs after him and yes HTL is correct he would not come to NUFC but we can all wish can’t we lol?????

  • baro

    Jul 10, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Sir Alex Ferguson is going to try to keep him. No way in hell that Sunderland can sign him.

  • howay man

    Jul 10, 2010 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #8

    ive met micheal before and hes a nice lad, I asked when he was going to play for newcastle and he said he’d absolutely love to but the club have to make a move for him, personally i dont think 7 million will be enough to get him anyways and we have plenty of centre midfielders all be it they arent as good as carrick I honestly believe Carrick would take a pay cut to play for us but i really doubt we can get the funds to buy him.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 10, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Lights up my little Wallsend world…huge wages and a pile of Dog Shit….manchester kids and cast offs more than welcome at sportsdirect.netto.plop@sjp.yawn

  • daffy

    Jul 10, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Carrick is a decent player with a good few years left , as Sunderland are top dogs in the north east now + have alot more funds than our neighbours we are the obvious choice for any ambitious players.Onwards & upwards!

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 11, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Carrick is comfortable at Manchester, being a squad player and challenging for honours. It doesn’t make sense for him to join the mackems in challenging for mid-table mediocrity.

  • PapaToon

    Jul 11, 2010 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #12

    dont want him, hes injured all the time.

  • Doha Mag

    Jul 11, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Doubt Sunderland will match his Man Utd salary so expect him to sit on the bench and see out his contract on mega bucks

    We don’t have the money to buy him and he’s now 29 although with a few years left in those legs of his….


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