There was supposed to be a deal struck between Newcastle and QPR for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge few months ago.
Wayne Routledge – in action against Chelsea
But we’ve heard nothing since, other than some daft reports that Wayne would be a free agent – but those must have been thought up on slow news days – because he was only signed by Newcastle 18 months ago from QPR, on a three and a half year deal.
Wayne is still a Newcastle player and has two years left on his contract, and Alan Pardew will see Wayne and the full Magpies squad turning up at the Benton training headquarters a week on Monday, on July 4th, for pre-season training.
Apparently Wayne has a Twitter account and his last message to his followers last week was that he will report back to training with the Newcastle squad.
It seems that QPR will use their transfer funds this summer on strengthening other parts of their side, and a winger will not be priority.
Routledge was sent out on loan in January, after QPR’s Jamie Mackie had suffered a bad cruciate ligament knee injury, but now Jamie is fit again, and will be back for pre-season training at QPR.
Routledge made 19 appearances with 5 goals for the London side, and had a very good loan spell.
Wayne Routledge is more than a decent player, and he would be a great capture for any club in the second division, but he is certainly not part of Alan Pardew’s future plans at Newcastle.
Some Championship club could well move for him this summer, and who knows, he may be joining up again with Chris Hughton at Birmingham, once Chris sorts out who wants to stay, and who wants to leave at the Midlands club.
Newcastle fans will have been interested in what Chris said yesterday, when he talked about only wanting players at the club who want to be there, and will fight to get the side promoted next season.
Good talking Chris!
Wayne has played 36 times for Newcastle with 3 goals, and the Sidcup-born player has played at a host of clubs so far in his career, including Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Cardiff, Fulham and Portsmouth, as well as QPR and Newcastle.