There is news today that Newcastle United may be interested in Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge.
Wayne Bridge – no Newcastle interest
Wayne was a great young player at Southampton early in his career, and Bobby Robson had an £8M bid for the youngster turned down by Southampton, before the lad finally moved to Chelsea in 2003.
And if Newcastle had been successful with that bid, when the player was one of Newcastle’s top targets, Wayne could have had a great career on Tyneside.
But that’s all woulda coulda shoulda – and Wayne turns 31 in August, and we’d be very surprised if the news today that Newcastle are interested in the player is anywhere near the truth.
Newcastle may need to move for another left-back this summer, if that long-running Jose Enrique saga ever ends, but we think Newcastle will bring in a much younger player.
Wayne has never really been able to hold down a first team regular place since leaving Southampton in 2003.
Wayne was always second choice behind Ashley Cole at Chelsea, and appeared only 42 times for Manchester City since signing for City in January of 2009.
He’s available for £5M, and did play 18 times for West Ham on loan this year, but they were still relegated to the Championship.
We don’t think Mike Ashley will pay out £5M and big wages for a 31 year-old, and Newcastle can and will get better value elsewhere if necessary this summer.
The news is in the Daily Express, but it’s now very clear that Newcastle are a much different club than they were a few years ago, when they were willing to pay inflated fees and wages to older players who were past their best.
Bridge is also on a ridiculous £90K/week at the Eastlands club, which is another reason why Newcastle will hardly be interested in the 36 times capped England International.