We half expected Wayne Routledge to be a Nottingham Forest player by now.
Wayne Routledge – Cardiff and Forest both interested
Newcastle had agreed a fee with the Nottingham club now managed by former England and Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren, and Wayne went to Nottingham late last week to discuss terms.
But no signing yet, and news today that Cardiff City are being linked with a move for former QPR player.
We think 26 year-old Wayne would be a great signing for any Championship club with promotion ambitions, and new Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay seems interested in the player.
Routledge played on loan at Cardiff in late 2008, while on the books of Aston Villa, and in the following January Cardiff offered £300K for the then 22 year old, but Routledge rejected the deal, and he then returned to Aston Villa.
Mackay is currently in southern Spain on a pre-season trip with his squad, but the former Watford boss has already signed six players – Robert Earnshaw, Craig Conway, Don Cowie, Andrew Taylor, Aron Gunnarsson and Joe Mason – in an effort to get the Welsh club promoted next May.
Mackay is still on the lookout for new players, as he said:
“We are still looking to bring more players in – and that work won’t stop while we are away.”
We’re not surprised Wayne is in big demand, and it looks like he will have the choice of some good Championship teams to join this summer.
Routledge does not have a future at Newcastle, and although he played very well for the side 18 months ago when he was recruited from QPR, he had a tough time of things last season in the Premier League.
Wayne was sent out on loan to former club QPR in January, and he played 19 times with 5 goals for the side who won the Championship in May.
We’re not sure which club Routledge will join, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he moves on this week to some very good Championship club,