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Newcastle Bid Accepted For Portsmouth Defender

Sky Sports News is reporting tonight that Newcastle have had a bid accepted for Portsmouth center-back Mike Williamson.

Mike Williamson – bid accepted – can terms be agreed?

The defender was at Watford, for a short time, until he moved to Pompey on September 1st last year, but has struggled to hold down regular first-team football at Pompey, and in fact has still to make his debut for the Portsmouth first team.

Newcastle were interested in acquiring Williamson last August, but no bid, as far as we know, was made at that time. Portsmouth paid an initial £2M for the player, which would rise to £3M based on appearances, but since Mike hasn’t played for Pompey, we believe a decent bid of around £1.5M from Newcastle could have been enough, especially since Portsmouth are short of cash.

The 26-year-old, who stands 6’4″ tall, has also played for Torquay and Wycombe Wanderers, will hope a move to the North East will help to reignite his career, but it’s by no means certain that terms can be agreed with the player, since Newcastle seem unwilling to pay the outlandish wages for which they were famous – note the past tense.

Sky Sports had reported on Monday that Newcastle were interested in Williamson, who stands 6’4″, and we’ll have to see if anything will be announced on the Newcastle Unit5d web-site in the next day or so.

This news comes at a time when it looks like Sunderland have clinched a deal with former Newcastle target Matthew Kilgallon, of Sheffield United, but personal terms could not be agreed with the player. That’s just one disadvantage of being in the Championship.

We’ll have to see what Mike is like, if indeed he does decide to sign for the Magpies, but whether we can match the wages Portsmouth is paying him remains to be seen.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • pearceet

    Jan 21, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #1


  • Darryl

    Jan 21, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #2

    If he isnt good enough to get in to the Pompey team, i would be suprised if he is good enough to come into ours. I would of probably preferred a better CB, or just kept kadar.. can he play LB? If so, fair enough!

  • N.Ireland Mag

    Jan 21, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Fair enough.

    Not over-awed, but then I never expected to be. But at least I’m not left disappointed that we haven’t signed anyone.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 21, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #4

    “but whether we can match the wages Portsmouth is paying him remains to be seen.”

    Well do portsmouth even pay wages these days :P.

    Erm abit co competition for Kadar, Hughton has been eyeing him up for a while so trust his judgement.

    When you have both Hughton and Calderwood who were both defenders they should know one when they see one.

    Defenders are hard to judge…a solid defender doesn’t get noticed. Aaron Hughes a classic example, so im not going to look much into Pompey not playing him.

  • pdiddy

    Jan 21, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully he’s just cover for Taylor and Collocini.

  • g3ordos

    Jan 21, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Welcome back Ed. My interest and faith is restored.

    The price for Williamson is 900k. Good business

  • Jezza

    Jan 21, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Correct me if I’m wrong but there seems to be a major flaw in this Sky Sports story. Under transfer window regulations we can’t sign Williamson now because he has already played for two clubs this season. I get the feeling that this is yet another Sky Sports breaking news story that will prove to be false.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 21, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #8

    UNDERWHELMED – but thats FATASH for you

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 22, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Jezza…the article says he hasn’t made his debut for pompey yet, so that may be how

  • Steved

    Jan 22, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Surely he wont get games for us either, sounds like Kadar’s played more games.

    I really hope they are putting as much time into finding players in positions we actually need ( rw cm)


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