There is some strange news this morning that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is keen to sign Middlesbrough defender David Wheater on a free transfer in the summer.
David Wheater – available in January?
Of course there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Newcastle getting some good free transfers, but we wonder if center-back in an area of the team that we need to strengthen.
We have Coloccini, Williamson, Campbell, Steven Taylor and young Tamas Kadar at center-back – so do we need more?
Wheater’s contract runs out on June 30th, and the only way we could be interested in the player is if Steven Taylor leaves the club in January or in the summer, and if Sol Campbell’s contract is not renewed next summer.
Certainly David is an accomplished player at Middlesbrough.
Rather than let him leave in the summer for nothing, Middlesbrough would apparently be willing to let David go in January for around £2M, if they can get that much for him, and there will be a number of clubs interested in the powerful defender.
The 6’5″ 23 year-old was born in Redcar, and played 11 times for the England U21 side scoring one goal, and he’s been at Middlesbrough since 2004, but has also been on loan to Doncaster Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Darlington.
Wheater has started 167 times (plus 4 sub appearances) for Middlesbrough so far in his career with 12 goals.