Newcastle were interested in Stephen Warnock when he was at Liverpool and then when he was at Blackburn Rovers.
Stephen Warnock – Newcastle interested in Villa reject
But Newcastle didn’t get the left back, who was in the England squad last summer in the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Left-back Warnock is also likely to be interesting his former club and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, although Newcastle’s Jose Enrique is thought to be their number one left back target in the summer.
Indeed Newcastle could take two Aston Villa players, Warnock and Ireland, who seem not to be rated by new French manager Gerard Houllier, and Stephen has been training with the Reserves at Villa Park, which is a bit of a shame.
Bolton Wanderers are also after Warnock, who will turn 30 in December.
Warnock does not fit the profile of a young player Newcastle are usually after, but with young Shane Ferguson coming through fast at Newcastle, the former Liverpool youngster could be a more than decent signing, and could immediately fill in for the likely departing Jose Enrique.
Stephen has no future at Villa Park, and he’s in a similar situation to Stephen Ireland too.
A source at Villa Park said today:
“It’s pretty obvious that Stephen has no future at Villa while Gerard Houllier is here and it is now all about who comes in for him this summer.”
The news that will interest Newcastle is that both Stephen Warnock and Stephen Ireland will be bargain buys this summer from Villa, and that’s always interested Newcastle, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
We’d be happy to see Warnock arrive on Tyneside, as he’s a good player, and a very good professional and would fit very well into the Newcastle squad.
For the record the Ormskirk born player has so far played 296 times with 12 goals in his club career, for Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa, and on loan when a youngster to Coventry City and Bradford City.
He’s got two England caps.
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