There’s a report in the Daily Star today that Newcastle United may be interested in taking Sunderland right-back Phil Bardsley in January.
Phil Bardsley – could become free agent in summer
The 25 year-old former Manchester United trainee is out of contract at the end of the season, and could become available as a free agent, and Newcastle will no doubt already have a list of possible free agents for next summer.
The Daily Star report however suggests that Newcastle will try to buy Phil in January for a cut-price, so at least Sunderland get something for the player, and don’t lose him for nothing in the summer.
But we’re not sure Phil is any better than the right backs we currently have at the club in Danny Simpson, just returning from injury, Ryan Taylor and James Perch.
Stoke, West Brom and Blackburn are also said to be interested but we’d be very surprised if there was any truth in this story – at least as far as the Newcastle interest goes.
For the record Phil has been on loan at many clubs, including Belgium club Royal Antwerp, Burnley, Glasgow Rangers, Aston Villa and Sheffield United, but surprisingly has played only 89 first class games so far with a couple of goals.