Newcastle are said to be considering going after Fulham central midfielder Steve Sidwell, or let’s be more exact, there’s a report in the Mirror that says Alan Pardew wanted to bring Sidwell to Newcastle when he signed for Fulham in January of 2011, and they make the jump that Pardew will be interested in the player this summer.
Steve Sidwell – are Newcastle really after this player?
And don’t forget it’s a Sunday, when there are lots of stories that test reality (well – more than usual), and we have to hope this one is not true.
Stoke City are also said to be interested in the former Reading, Chelsea, Villa and Fulham player, who started his career in football at the Arsenal Youth Academy.
Sidwell will be available from Fulham, after the London club were relegated last season, and one reason for the story could be that Sidwell will be a free agent in the summer, after spending three and a half years at the Craven Cottage club.
And Newcastle are always interested in cheap players – if that’s the right way to put it. 😀
But lets face it – Sidwell hardly fits the profile of players Newcastle want to sign these days – he’s past his best and will turn 32 before the end of the year.
This is what Alan Pardew said when Fulham signed the player over three years ago:
“I would have looked to bring Steve here. He was absolutely brilliant for me at Reading.””I think Fulham were fortunate to get a fantastic bargain.”
We suppose he could be brought in as a backup – but we think this story is stretching it – Mike Ashley just doesn’t like to pay high wages to older players, who are way past their best.
He did that once with former England center-back Sol Campbell and was badly burned.
This story cannot be true – or else Newcastle’s ambition is even less than we thought.
What do you think?