There was some news yesterday that Newcastle were trying to sign 22 year-old Toulouse defender, Cheikh M’Bengue.
Stephen Warnock – will leave Aston Villa this summer
And as we all know, there was news over the weekend that there was already a done deal to move Jose Enrique to Liverpool in the summer, according to former Liverpool coach and player Phil Thompson.
But Newcastle manager Alan Pardew came out and denied that story earlier this week, and said Newcastle were still hoping to sign the Spaniard to a new deal shortly, once relegation had been averted.
But you have to wonder why Newcastle would be interested in bringing in a left-back now, if indeed Jose is staying on Tyneside, and we think Newcastle will try to sign an experienced left back replacement for Jose, before announcing Jose Enrique will be leaving.
Of course we don’t know if things will turn out that way, but it may be a good ploy to do that, and certainly Cheikh M’Bengue looks like a very good player, and he can still improve too,
That may be a sensible way to show Newcastle fans that the club are still building for the future, and of course Newcastle also have young Shane Ferguson at the club, who has shown he is an excellent prospect at left back or on the left wing.
Stephen Warnock seems one of the many first team casualties at Aston Villa, since Frenchman Gerard Houllier took over last September, although their relegation hopes were given a big lift last Sunday when they beat a rather woeful looking Newcastle side 1-0 at Villa Park. 🙁
Warnock was a Newcastle target when Graeme Souness was at Newcastle, and there are rumors around that Kenny Dalglish may want him back at Liverpool, but that can hardly be true if the stories of Jose moving to Anfield are also true.
Stephen Warnock is a good and experienced player, and there shouldn’t be a lack of clubs after the player this summer, and he was knocking on the England door just before the FIFA World Cup last year.
We have no idea why Houllier doesn’t seem to rate him, but Stephen was at Liverpool when Houllier was the manager there, so perhaps it goes back to that time?
The former Liverpool player is now 29, and could be too old for Newcastle, and certainly 22 year-old Cheikh M’Bengue could look a better bet, but the Tyneside club will not offer much more than the £5M that has reportedly already been turned down by his Toulouse club.
For the record Stephen has played a total of 296 first class appearances with 12 goals, including 67 appearances, when he was at Liverpool, until 2007.
What do you think about Warnock – is he a little too old?
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