The Journal is reporting today that Newcastle are already after an experienced left-back to replace Jose Enrique.
Wayne Bridge – linked with Newcastle
It seems that Jose really does wants to leave Newcastle, and if he didn’t before he sent out his tweet recently, it’s now clear that owner Mike Ashley will want to move him out before September comes around.
Apparently, the news is that Newcastle owner Ashley was furious with the tweet Jose sent out, when the Spaniard criticized the owner for his transfer dealings, amongst other things.
Newcastle have been linked with a number of older experienced players this summer, such as 30 year old England international Wayne Bridge, 29 year-old Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock, and even 30 year-old Nicky Shorey, as potential replacements for the Spanish U21 International.
All older English left backs, and all of whom have played for England.
But none of those players fit the profile of younger players Newcastle want, who can still improve on Tyneside, and we would think there are some young left-backs on the continent, who could do a good job for the club.
Newcastle were linked earlier this summer with Toulouse left-back 25 year-old Cheikh M’Bengue, and even were said to put in a £5M bid for the Frenchman, and it would seem that M’Bengue would be a better long term buy for Newcastle.
But maybe they are looking at older players to give some time for promising youngsters like 19 year-olds, Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier, to come through on Tyneside.
That would even make sense.
What do you think?