22 year-old James Tavernier, fresh off a very successful loan spell at Rotherham United last season, looks set to join what appears to be his number one choice this summer – Wigan Athletic.
James Tavernier at Rotherham last season
Rotherham manager Steven Evans is also keen to sign the right back but it seems that Wigan’s German manager Uwe Rosler has moved quickly to agree a deal with Newcastle to sign the highly rated young Englishman.
Rosler is signing players in an effort to launch a promotion bid next season for the Latics, and he has already signed two left-backs in Cardiff City’s Andrew Taylor – who almost signed for Newcastle three years ago – and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair from Partick Thistle.
Tavernier was outstanding at Rotherham last season, and helped Rotherham to win promotion to the Championship via the play-offs, and he scored five goals in 27 appearances for the Millers.
However, there is also news that Newcastle right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who is currently with the France squad in Brazil is attracting interest from both Arsenal, PSG and maybe even Monaco, so it could be that Newcastle will be looking for a new right back this summer.
Whether that means Alan Pardew will want to keep James on Tyneside until at least August until things sort themselves out is a good question.
But it seems that Pardew is ready to sell a number of our younger players this summer, and James Tavernier may be one of the them – and he is certainly the best of the bunch.
Written from Ipswich, England.