SUGGESTIONS on Tyneside are that Kevin Keegan is poised to make a bid for Jonathan Woodgate.
Those good old “sources close to the club” up there have let it be known that far from all out attacking football, cavalier Keegan’s priority is to shore up the defence and – no doubt encouraged by Mad Mike Ashley’s five thousand strong away day focus group that is now running the club – Woody is the number one target.
A good transfer rumour has to tick a lot of boxes. It has to make some sense for both clubs to be believeable and develop a life of its own in a lot of ways this one does that. Woodgate is a cultured defender with international experience and so much quality he made Titus Barmble look good last time he was there. He is still very highly rated by the fans at Sid James’ Park, he played under Keegan for England, they are a club with money to better his Boro wages, he has some good friends already in the team up there and could commute easily.
Meanwhile Boro are well endowed in central defence with Huth-Wheater-Pogatetz and while a fully fit Woody is the crown jewel of the backline he has struggled to reach a state on injury-free efficiency this term. And if, as we have discussed before on here, some of the higher value chips must be cashed in to fund Alves then some may calculate that it should rather be Woody than Downing. It would leave Boro needing a left back but arguably that is a priority area for cover already and a reshuffle may just bring that investment forward.
And it should be remembered that for all the emphasis on attacking, Kamikaze Keegan’s first signing at Newcastle last time was a shaggy haired central defender too. He splashed out ÃÂ£250,000 to snap up footballing grebo Brian ‘Killer’ Kilcline, a purchase that stemmed the flow of goals against and helped build a platform for the all out attacking football that was to follow.
Of course, this all just conjecture. There has been no bid, nor yet even any formal inquiry. But it is a word from sources that are usually very well informed. So on a par with Downing to Spurs stories then, although not yet with the persistence. There may be nothing in it but we are fast approaching the witching hour, transfer window wise and anything can happen.
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