There’s a report from Alan Oliver in the Sunday People today, that Newcastle have made inquiries about Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley, who has been allowed to leave Sunderland this summer by new manager Paolo Di Canio.
Phil Bardsley – Sunderland full-back
And the report says that Joe Kinnear is lining up his first signing for Newcastle – Phil Bardsley – and that he has also expressed an interest in Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole and Connor Whickham.
Alan Oliver, the former Chronicle reporter for Newcastle, must be pulling our leg – surely.
All three players can leave the club, and while the People’s reporting is not always accurate on north-east matters, we just cannot believe Newcastle would be interested in the 28 year-old Scottish International and former Manchester United player.
Phil is simply a mediocre player who’s played 167 times with 7 goals since being signed from the Red Devils in January, 2008 for around £1.5M, and he’s not a player Newcastle should be interested in.
Newcastle have full-backs like Mathieu Debuchy, Davide Santon, Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett for the full back positions, so we just don’t think Newcastle are interested in Bardsley.
And Lee Cattermole is too much of a loose cannon on the field, and he goes into late tackles far too often because of his lack of speed, and picks up too many yellow and red cards, and we have a central midfielder who picks up too many cautions already on Newcastle’s books – Cheick Tiote.
The report says Newcastle have made tentative inquiries for Bardsley – so let’s hope they are very tentative.
Newcastle were interested in 20 year-old England U21 International Connor Newton two years ago when he was at Ipswich, but the £8M signing just hasn’t come through at Sunderland as expected, and he has played only 31 times for Sunderland with two goals in two seasons, although he’s still only 20, and could still develop into a top player down the line.
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