We had a report out only yesterday saying Newcastle were after Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge.
Wayne Bridge – season long loan deal next season
But we wondered how that could be true with his massive wages, and the fact Wayne has already turned 30 years old.
News today in the Sunday Mirror is that Manchester City will pay some of Wayne Bridge’s £80K/week wages, to allow him go on a season-long loan deal to Newcastle.
Manchester City are trying to tie up a £7M move for Arsenal’s left-back Gael Clichy, and Jose Enrique could be on his way to Arsenal if the Clichy deal goes through, and the Mirror is reporting that Enrique does indeed want to leave Newcastle.
Bridge will be the experienced replacement for Enrique, but the Neil Taylor transfer from Swansea could still go ahead, since Newcastle have always said the Welshman was not meant to be a replacement for Enrique, and a more experienced player would be brought in to replace the Spanish U21 International, if he left.
This seems like a short term measure by Newcastle for one season only, and maybe the club will see if young Shane Ferguson comes though next season, or Neil Taylor, if Newcastle can get him from Swansea for that £1M release clause.
In that respect this seems like a sensible deal by Newcastle, because there’s no doubt Wayne could do a job for Newcastle next season.
And in retrospect it’s just a pity Bobby Robson was unsuccessful in 2003, with his £8M bid for Wayne, when the then 22 year-old was still at Southampton – he could have had a great career on Tyneside.
What do think of this?