The news over the last few days, which we’ve ignored so far, because it didn’t seem to make much sense, is that Newcastle have launched a bid for Coventry goalkeeper Kieren Westwood.
Kieren Westwood – 26 year-old Coventry goalkeeper
As you may have guessed, Kieren is out of contract in the summer, and the news today is that the Tyneside club is willing to pay £500K for the player, and it will be a case of take it or leave it – as far as Coventry are concerned.
With two young goalkeepers already at Newcastle in Tim Krul and Fraser Forster, you have to wonder why Newcastle are making this bid, but we think that if Kieren comes in, then one of the two 22 year-old goalkeepers will be moved out in the summer, and probably Tim Krul.
The news in the Sunday Mirror is that the Sky Blues want £2M for Westwood, but there’s no way a club will pay that in January, when the lad will be available for nothing in the summer.
But it seems that if Newcastle cannot get Kieren in January, they will go after the former Carlisle United goalkeeper in the summer, and as we said we have to think one of either Tim or Fraser will then be moved out.
The 26 year-old 6’2″ goalkeeper is highly regarded, and started his career at Manchester City, and he moved to Carlisle in 2004, before moving to Coventry in 2008.
He played 131 times at Carlisle, has played 116 times at Coventry and has 5 full Ireland caps.