The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle United may bring Wayne Bridge to Tyneside on loan, if they cannot sign a top left back outright before September.
Wayne Bridge – to Newcastle on loan?
Newcastle are trying to sign 23 year-old Dutch International Erik Pieters, and if the news if to be believed, he will cost £6M and his wage demands are £30K/week.
Assuming these figures are accurate, there’s no way Newcastle shouldn’t be able to tie up this deal, and presumably a back up could be Lyon left back Aly Cissokho.
There were reports in France on Tuesday that Newcastle were interested in signing the once capped French International.
A loan move for one season for Bridge could be a decent deal for Newcastle, because it gives time for top youngsters like Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier to come through at the club.
Blackburn and Aston Villa are also thought to be interested in taking Bridge, and a problem could be his £80K/week wages, and Manchester City are said to be unwilling to subsidize the England International’s wages, while he’s on loan,
If that’s true then there’s no way Newcastle will pay out those wages, for a 31 year-old, even on loan.
And The SUN is reporting that Wayne will cost Newcastle a £2M fee, plus half his wages for a year long loan deal, and if that’s true. it’s simply not worth it – use the £2M towards the £6M fee for Pieters.
The very best thing for Newcastle would be to sign Erik Pieters outright, and make it rather quickly too.