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.