Newcastle To Take Manchster City Defender On Loan?

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?

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • MacToon(Vive le Neuchâtel)

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #1

    A years loan? A possibility or Sunday paper bs, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • lordy_geordie

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #2

    With his injuries I think a loan deal is best. Long term though mbengue would be great

  • seanodinho

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #3

    i think a loan deal is well worth a try.could do a job in the absent of jose(if sold) think man city will pay 30% of his wages aswell

  • free giveaways

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I actually wouldn’t mind Bridge if (when) Enrique leaves. He’s had a bad couple of seasons but you don’t become a bad player all of a sudden and before that he was the second best lb in the pl behind Ashley Cole, so I think if he stays fit and gets his confidence up he could be a decent signing.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #5

    hes on 90k a week,haha
    more paper bullshit!!!!

  • 09nufc09

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Lazy journalism, putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5. Everyone knows we dont make signings like this anymore and i am very grateful that we dont. Bridge was the worst player on show last season for the worst team in the league, hes a terrible player that would be embarasing to watch. If jose goes we will sign mbengue, if is still a very big if because i think and hope jose will stay, best left back i seen at sjp this year, noone got the better of him over a whole game, if a player somehow beats jose once he makes them annonymous for the rest of the game. short passing is his only weekness and that is above average for a defender, noone beats him for pace and strength. Only a matter of time before hes playing for spain.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #7

    so city would have to pay about 50k a week of his

  • connor_nufc

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Hes the worst left back ive ever seen

  • free giveaways

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #9

    The first time I heard the Bridge story I thought it was rubbish but it keeps appearing in different papers and when that happens there is usually truth to the story. Agree about Jose being a great player and I don’t want him to leave but I’m pretty sure he will.

  • stuckdownsouth

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #10

    This is probably lazy journalism, but if Jose goes it would be sensible. Hopefully Taylormakes the grade because I don’t really rate Bridge but he would give us experience cover whilst NTaylor learns the rope at Premiership level.

  • MadAboutToon

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #11

    if jose go’s then we’ll have that money to buy a replacement, why bring in a player who is to slow to old to big of wages and he’s shit. this is bs were never after him, would rather have naylor as 1st choice and ive never seen him play.

  • slazberger

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #12

    the chronicle seem adament we are’nt after any loan players so i’ll stick with that over a sunday paper until the club say otherwise.

    plus this guy looked way past it at west ham last season

  • free giveaways

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Wow if he’s the worst lb you’ve seen you can’t have watched too much football! Have you seen Paul Konchesky? He’s had a bad couple of seasons but he’s not a bad player, he’s got 36 England caps.

  • Junglist-Geordie

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Not a good signing he is pants now,lets just hope Jose stays but if we keep shipping out vital players i wouldn’t blame him for leaving, Ferguson could step in but i think he would be much better suited to the wing.

  • free giveaways

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #15

    If Jose goes to Arsenal I would ask for Gibbs and cash in exchange.

  • banjax

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #16

    This has just got to be fantasy reporting. It goes against everything the Toon are doin at the moment, buying young for a sell on value. I would rather put his £45k (half wage) toward a younger player, and put the money toward Sturridge/Zogbia. Still you never say never when the Toon is involved.

  • 09nufc09

    Jul 3, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #17

    This is in the national papers not the local ones. Agents use the national papers and sky/talksport to drum up interest in a player, this was proven when sky linked us to the striker from belbium?(bangura) And then came out a few days later and said we had no interest in the same player. We dont make signing like this anymore.
    If glichy goes to man city, arsenal will buy a cheaper left back from france, man u dont need a new left back now evra signed a new contract and chelsea have cole and paddy van anholt. KD is doing whatever the liverpool fans say and most of them want the young lad who was playing left back last season to be given a chance, then theres only really spurs who have assou-eckotto who HR rates. Jose said he feels at home in the pl so i dont think he will move abroad. This is my logic to jose still being here next season, just hope it all happens lol.

  • mikenotiades

    Jul 3, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #18

    sylvain marveaux… Who we have signed… Is a very class act… NUFC are building here.. All we need is a decent strike force to compete with the the top four(Baring in mind Simpsonis still learning)

  • mikenotiades

    Jul 3, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Cetait magnifique, French for Magnificent btw…
    I know it looks bad… but just because we’re not spending lots of money.. doesn’t mean we’re behind.. Cabaye(Top Class) Marveaux(Top Class), Tiote(Top Class), Collocini, Enrique etc(Top Class)… .. We’re not far away from a good team boys are we?…
    Patience shall yield a legend 😉

  • gorskino10

    Jul 3, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #20

    If this happens this would just sum up our ambition.

    But i feel its just paper rubbish thinking about LB who are for sale, Warnock and Bridge and put 2n2 together.

  • bojous

    Jul 3, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Much good he did at West Ham, why are we going for these short term solutions hoping someone in the future MIGHT come good? I know that if the Naylor deal goes through he might not be ready for the PL yet and we know that Young Shane Ferguson can do a job when called upon even though LB isn’t his natural position, but I’ve never rated Bridge and I don’t think getting him is the way forward, we need somebody of quality now, even if it does mean we have to splash a bit of cash.

  • mikenotiades

    Jul 3, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Rights Gorskinio… Joe People are dancing to the beat…. Football ppl would see we are bringing in bettter footballers, longer careers ahead with us(LOved Nolan)… But we are bringing in better… No doubts… The only issue is commitment and I think /believe we’re passed bringing in coasters

  • mikenotiades

    Jul 3, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Can’t believe I just left out Jonas… What a Brave legend he has been.. and hope he never leaves the North East

  • FloridaToon

    Jul 3, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #24

    If true, I see this as Pardew/MA protecting the club. I feel that Jose is trying to hold the club hostage by not giving a definate answer on his contract (possible to try and get more money?). With a loan only the club has another year to fing a quality replacement if Jose does leave and if he stays we have a quality backup who we don’t have to play.

  • gonufc

    Jul 3, 2011 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Please No!!! Would be hugely dissappointed if we sign him, really no where near the quality of Jose so would be a terrible replacement.

    @conner_nufc (8) “Hes the worst left back ive ever seen” – No way, Paul Konchesky would get that for me, Bridge can be second.

  • Widowmaker

    Jul 3, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #26

    IF TRUE.

    This would show that the homework had not been done.

    The extensive scout system spend a whole season to prepare for the summer and they are now targeting Wayne Bridge. (He is decent but you don’t need any scout to know him).

    By the way, @ 24, Wayne Bridge will not come as a back up.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 3, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #27

    this is more bull Shit rather take patrick van anholt on loan than bridge

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 3, 2011 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #28

    good signing? means some here hasnt watched him play. he is absolute rubbish. hope its paper crap.

  • Brutooon

    Jul 3, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #29

    Even if we pay 30-40k for his wages i think its BETTER we spend on a young leftback (below 27 years old) which got a better future at the club

  • leeb1982

    Jul 3, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Well unless AP is filling us with shit then this cant be true because he says he’s after 2 more players and naylor will be 1 of those. Surely he must be after 1 more forward

  • MykToonFan

    Jul 3, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #31


    Mark Douglas said on Twitter the other day that he doesn’t believe Neil Taylor is included in the “1or 2” more signings, as Pardew reportedly expects Naylor to sign before the USA trip.

    He thinks the two players will be a winger and a striker – perhaps N’Zogbia and Erding?

  • solano

    Jul 3, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #32

    As this story seems to be dead in the water, I was wondering where all the “Haymaker” fans are this morning?? His p*ss-poor performance was made all the worse given his embarrassing bravado,disrespect and classlessness pre-fight. This morning it’s a hangover for his fans and a bit of reality for Davy the “Muckraker” Haye.
    Watching the fight, I was reminded of three profound words from that most esteemed of magicians, The Great Suprendo…..Piff, Paff, Poof!

  • Toonmania

    Jul 3, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #33

    i wouldn’t mind shagging bridges misses though terry said she was quite good 😀

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 3, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Don’t want any c..p like Konchesky, bridge or warnock. If Enrique is going get M’bengue and stop faffing about. Going for Bridge goes against everything I thought we were trying to do. Too old, injury prone and on monster wages !

  • Chaz

    Jul 3, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #35

    Well IF this is true then he’ll be considered as ‘back up plan C’ as an insurance measure in case plans A and B fail to materialise. I don’t think the club would be prepared to shell out more than £20-25K a week out of their own pockets for a player of his ilk either so I hope Man CIty are prepared to dig deep to get him off their books for another 12 months! It’s a bit like our dealings with Leeds over Smith isn’t it?

    IF Enrique goes then we’ve got Kadar, Marveaux & young Ferguson who could all do as good a job as Bridge playing at left back/ wing back after all!



    Jul 3, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #36

    tbh would be a good deal if true, bridge has top prem lge experience and would bring ferguson on. still think we will try to bring taylor in regardless, my concern is that we have no plan to cover enrique if or should i say when he leaves. what happened to the mbengue deal, anyone know? dont know much about the kid but he was obviously well thought off. still appears that the 35m has not been spent; baines or trem at bordeaux. come on pardew get it sorted .

  • Stuart

    Jul 3, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #37

    @Toonmania – Never thought of that, thats the one and only reason to sign Bridge. Get Frankie Sandford at the games as a bonus haha!

    In all seriousness though, the club have already made it clear we arent loaning any players. Also Man City would need to pay at least half of his wages for us to go for it.

    Non starter.

  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 3, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #38

    Hi lads, news that NUFC representatives are negotiating for a combine fees of 15M for Erding & NZOG, any confirmation ?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #39

    Not good enough he’s past it as last season at West Ham showed. Don’t want him

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #40


    God I hope you’re right.


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