Newcastle Linked With England Full Back


Newcastle were linked with Wayne Bridge last summer, and we never thought the stories on him being wanted were true, but we have again been linked today with the former England left-back who turns 33 in August.

wayne bridge at brighton

Wayne Bridge – played well last season at Brighton

Alan Pardew has said he wants more Premier League experience in the side, and Wayne certainly has that, but he is past his best and probably too old for Mike Ashley to be interested in the player.

That’s especially true when we have just recruited potentially three French full backs in January – Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, with the last two able to play at left back.

Yanga-Mbiwa showed great form at left back in our last few games of the season and we also have Italian International Davide Santon, who improved a lot last season, and was one of the few Newcastle players who did that.

So it’s really hard to believe that we’d be interested in a player who turns 33 in August, and is still at Manchester City on a huge wage over £80K/week (what a waste of money for City) although he played 40 times on loan at Brighton last season with three goals and showed some good form.

In January of 2009 Bridge moved form Chelsea to Manchester City for a fee said to be around £10M, and on a four and a half year deal, but he found it difficult to get his place at City.

Wayne has been out on loan for the last couple of years, and he will be a free agent this summer, but we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are interested in this player.

What do you think?

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110 comments so far

  • KevinHann

    May 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #1

    NPS – what’s your take at Bulgarian players, mate?

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #2

    NPS, what about taking a look at juventus for players that may not make, players like masi or leali look quite tasty

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  • scout

    May 26, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Apparently Brighton only paying 5% of his wages so to get him for a year would be a great deal imo, can tackle and cross sign him up

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Wayne Bridge is decent as back up, but with Santon and Haidara.. no thanks.

    KevinHann, how are ya bud. Well as a whole eastern european football is generally untapped, and we see players come out of there constantly, Hamsik, Vucinic, etc, etc.

    As far as Bulgarian’s go, we were fools not to buy Berbatov last summer for £4 million, he supports us and would have jumped at the chance, he has that class newcastle fans appreciate. And who knows, if it was for his club he may even have sprinted :O

    As far as young bulgarian talent goes,

    Georgi Milanov, 21 years old, 6 ft 1, 11 caps for Bulgaria, he seems very good, haven’t seen enough of him, but worth keeping an eye on.

    Ilia Milanov, his brother ^^ , 21 year old centre back, tall, good reader of the gaeme.. adn being at FC Litex wouldn’t exactly cost the earth.

    Ivan Ivanov, is at Partisan Belgrade, at 25, if he was top quality, someone would probably have picked up on it by now. If I was a championship club scout though Id defo take him on board.

    Im nearly certain there’s a young bulgarian winger that impressed me a while ago, cant remember his name though, that’s about all I’ve got mate 🙂

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #5

    NBA,
    Yeah could be tough to prise lads out of Juve, tasty players alright. But I’d rather get them a year before Juve, or a year after they’ve huffed and puffed on the bench and are sick of waiting.
    We’re in between for those lads 😉 Think they will get the chances there.

    With Pirlo getting on in years, Barzagli,’s 32, Buffon’s 35, Inaquinta, that list goes on, and with Pogba getting a fair few games this season I imagine Juve’s young lads are going to get more chances, they should anyway.

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #6

    So NPS, what positions would you think we need players in next season and who would they be? Great post previous on potential targets but i’m interested to see who you think would fit in.

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #7

    We’ve got 2 good (potentially great) LBs already so no thanks. I do hope that The Star for once are right and we go in for Tom Ince. I’d love to see him on the wing for us. We need him and Mertens or Chadli as both of them are great crossers, goal scorers and set piece takers. Selling Shola would probably seem a wise move. I’d upgrade him with Austin and then bring in Aubameyang, Remy, Son or Gameiro. Douglas on a free would be a nice transfer too.

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  • SupaToonKid

    May 26, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Of course that is just a wild dream I had last night but of course it’s unlikely we sign anymore than 2 players.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #9

    @ No plain saylor

    Just read your mammoth post a couple of articles back and agree with most of your suggestions.

    I remember watching Abdul Rahman in the Olympics and all I could say was wow. I actually forgot about him but would love us to get his signature. Wasn’t there another Rahman who played in that game ? , he looked impressive also.

    On a slightly sour note. Ed I have been getting redirected to Pornographic sites while using my mobile in the last couple of days. And before anyone jokes its not my browser history 🙂 . I’m not against a bit of Frankie Vaughn now and again but I know under 18’s use this site is all 😉 . Anyone else had this or is it just me .

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Brown Alien

    I would take Giovinco from Juve. Very small but uses that to his advantage and has pace to burn, turns defences inside out. Anyone else ?

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  • archaeomag

    May 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #11

    As you say ED turns 33. . . . .no way Wayne.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Andy,
    Thanks mate, long boring sunday 😉 haha

    Well its something i’ve thought a lot about so straight out;

    If Tavernier is deemed capable backup for debuchy, that’ll do as back up, if not, Andreas Beck is 25 now, and his club just got relegated ffrom the bundesliga, he’d push debuchy for a place. Right back isn’t important but with a few injuries we could see anita there and thats not his game.

    As far as centre backs go,
    If Colo stays, I’d go for Okore, someone who can have a season to learn and get experience in patches, at 20 years old, absolute monster, greater reader of the game too.

    If Colo goes we need a replacement really ready for first team, not that Okore isn’t but an experienced cb say.
    I’d say N’Koulou as first choice more than likely too expensive though.
    Sakho as second choice.

    I’d also bring in Douglas on a fre and sell Willo.

    The thing we need most is wingers,

    Scott Sinclair, will probably be away, we know Mancini said he can leave this summer for £6m, maybe that won’t be Pellegrini’s thoughts, but if he’s available, it’s between him, Nathan Redmond and Tom Ince, whoever comes cheapest out of those three.

    Georgini Windeljum, Cracking winger, exactly what we need, he’s ready for the prem too. He’s at PSV and Carr has scouted him.

    Jason Puncheon, he’s 26, done well in the prem for blackpool and now southampton free agent, good back up, much better than Jonas.

    Centre Mids;

    James McCarthy, Siem De Jong, Abdullrahaman.
    These would be my three targets for this summer, only really need one cm in, McCarthy is probably most possible. Given our poor season be hard to get de jong, and Abdullrahaman has work permit issues, and a lot of interest.

    Strikers,

    Carroll would have been nice, but only for 8 million. Not 15m!

    We need a Benteke type and a Bellemy type to put it short.

    Im not sure on Bony, seen all his goals this season, really poor defending on most of them, and I don’t rate this Balde fella at Academica in Portugal we’ve been linked with.

    If Lukaku was up for loan why let him go to Swansea or West ham, i’d say get him in.

    Remy should stilll be a target, provided he’s innocent of his court case, which he might not be.

    Abel Hernandez would be fantastic very like Remy, 5 years younger, and Palermo just got relegated. He’d be the quick striker we need.

    Still not sure on the powerful one, maybe Bony is the man.

    As far as out’s go;
    Jonas
    Gosling
    Willo
    Obertan
    Sammy
    Shola
    Amalfitano

    Abeid might leave I would loan him out for another season, he has too much potential, for us to make a rash decision.

    In short we need,

    1/2 centre backs

    1 centre mid

    3 Wingers

    2 strikers

    It’s a lot of players but doable.
    Honda’s a free agent I’d look at too, be immense for us, probably a lot of interest in him though.

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #13

    BPC, definately would, but he may be too highly rated for us, unfortunately.
    in terms if young talent i would go to south america, with players like lanzini, wellington nem, leandro. the only thing is we would have to be careful, they could be like ronaldo, or they could be like robinho

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Sh1t that wasnt meant to be that long, got carried away.

    Big Pappa. Thanks bud 😉

    Yeah there was! It was his brother. Omar is the better of the two though. Such feet, on a Felliani like frame, would be fantastic, also improve our profile in the middle east. Win, win right?

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  • toonluvva

    May 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Why sign wingers, Pardew will only turn them into defensive midfielders.

    I hope I’m wrong, but we will probably see more players leaving than coming in over the summer.

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  • dmac

    May 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Douglas signed a 4 year contract with some russian (i think eastern European anyhow) team today. So thats not happening.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Toonluvva you are probably right, the question was what do we need though not what will Pardew do 😉

    He’ll be gone come christmas, and who knows Frank Rijkaard is jobless, linked with us last time the job was open.
    Maybe Klinsman. Either of these two would need wingers 😉

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Dmac,
    Awh shame, don’t undwerstand why we’ bid for him in what three diofferent windows, and then when his contract has six months left and we can talk to him and get him for free, we don’t.

    Anyway only one of many we miss out on, he would have decent back up though.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #19

    @ brown alien

    Yeah I agree we should look to South America to find the next Asprilla or Solano. I wouldn’t mind Lima from benfica, scored against us and is usually behind Cardozo for Benfica. I want Ashley to give Carr £20 million, send him to Germany, Belgium & South America.

    @ No plain saylor

    Speaking of the olympics, wasn’t there a Mexican striker that looked tasty ? . Can’t remember his name off the top of my head (or who he plays for) but he may be worth a punt.

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  • geordie157

    May 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Like the okore comment, think this will be the summer when he moves. I think mbokani of anderlecht is worth a look, there’s a good vid on YouTube which shows the talent he has.

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  • dmac

    May 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #21

    I dont get why black players keep going to russia. They just get outrageously abused. Ask Witsel and Hulk how they are finding life.

    Agree with you, its strange and its a shame.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 26, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #22

    One CB I would have loved us to get before Schalke snapped him up was Kyriakos Papadopoulis . Young lad but has great ability.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Geordie157,
    On Okore, hopefully this is the window he moves.
    Dont fancy Mbokani though,

    Big Pappa,
    Raul Jiminez by any chance?
    Only players I remember from the olympics were gaston ramierez, konote, and abdullrahaman. Bad memory 😉

    Dmac I see where Douglas went now, Kraspar, same club that got Konote when we were linked last year 😉

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  • geordie157

    May 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Kouyate is another good centre back. We need a couple of good british players, ie ince, McCarthy, maybe Mcmanaman

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #25

    BPC, yeah south america and belgium appeal to me, but the way german football is developing it will be hard for players to leave germany

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah dmac same. And M’Vila, Eto’oo, Las Diarra, the list goes on and its getting longer, is the money worth the abuse?

    Also if your own fans are rascist against other teams black players, are you proud to work hard for them..

    Id say Hulk will leave Russia this summer, his team mates hate him as well.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #27

    The haunted spectre of a once truly top player filling in at left back.

    Wayne Bridge suffered three tragedies in his career that has robbed him of his energy, desire and destiny.

    He couldn’t get past Ashley Cole, the massive contract at City that was too good to walk away from when he needed too and the genuine horror of the quintessential Captain Cnut shagging his missus saga unfolding remorselessly in the Red Tops for months on end.

    Not half the player he was or a third the one he could have been, tragically.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Big Pappa,
    Papaboupadopalopolals 😉 is class, but would cost upwards of £10m..

    Geordie157,
    Im expectin McManaman to be sussed out next season as average. We’ll see though

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  • geordie157

    May 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Big pappa, do rate that Greek lad. Haven’t heard much about him this season though. There’s a lot of talent in the German leagues

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #30

    @ dmac

    “Its all about the money”

    “Its all about the dum dum dumty dum dum” 🙂 .

    No player should ever have to face racism but they increase their chances going to the motherland that is for sure. Makes you wish we had Russia’s riches of Oil & Natural gas so we could have a few more billionaire owners and one of them buying NUFC 🙂 .

    Speaking of the Russian league my dream signing would be Doumbia. Like Martins but a better all round player and quick as lightning.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Jimmy,
    It happens, shame though.
    I was only young, but I remember him at southampton, such promise.

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  • donkey

    May 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #32

    I think were going to end up sighing just two players this summer 3 if colo leaves but i honestly think he will stay now . san lerenzo will never cough up the money for him and ashly will never let him leave for nothink

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Big Pappa,
    Doumbia is ideal, probably fairly high wages though. What about Honda, he’s a free agent this summer. I’d love him.

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  • geordie157

    May 26, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #34

    Basle’s stocker is another who could move this summer, he’s stayed loyal so far but he’s probably too similar to Marveaux for us to be interested.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #35

    Donkey, watch Alan Ruiz.
    He’s an absolute star if San Lorenzo really really want Colo they can have him for Ruiz. Watch him and lemme know what ya think 😉

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  • Nella

    May 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #36

    This would entirely depend on the signing on fee and wages for me. I always like to have left footers on the left and right footers on the right and in my mind that means we only have Haidara as a recognised left back, I consider Santon a right back or right winger so there is a vacancy there for me, if he’s willing to sign on for £20000 a week and under a million signing on fee then go for him anything more and no thank you.

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  • donkey

    May 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #37

    ill watch him now

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  • geordie157

    May 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Saylor, Honda would be a great signing plus the commercial side is an added bonus. Dzagoev if I’ve spelt it right is also very talented at cska

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Dragovic from FC Basel would be immense at cb if we could attract him.. Still only 21, big presence too.

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  • No Plain Saylor

    May 26, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Miralem Sulejami, is a free this summer too, had a falling out at Ajax, only what 24. Worth a punt, well at least a look

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