thewellander Posted May 9, 2007 Share Posted May 9, 2007 Steve Sidwell is poised to move to Stamford Bridge this summer, with the Reading midfielder ready to resist Newcastle's overtures along with those of other Premiership clubs. The 24-year-old, who is out of contract at Reading in July and has rejected the club's offer of a new deal, has emerged as a transfer target for Jose Mourinho with the Chelsea manager keen to strengthen a midfield that will be severely depleted during the African Nations Cup early next year. It is understood that Chelsea have watched Sidwell on a number of occasions this season and, mindful that Michael Essien and Mikel Jon Obi will be departing for up to six weeks during the middle of the campaign, believe that the midfielder will provide cover during that period as well as improving competition for places. Aston Villa, as well as Newcastle, had also been tracking Sidwell but Chelsea's interest has effectively ended both clubs' hopes of procuring the player. Sidwell has been instrumental in Reading's rise, helping the club to win promotion before playing a key part in their impressive first Premiership campaign. Steve Coppell has previously expressed concern that Sidwell's development might be held back if he joined a club where he was not guaranteed a regular place but, although the player is likely to consult the Reading manager for advice, it is believed that his mind is all but made up. Having been born and raised in London, Chelsea's location as well as their profile is attractive to the former Arsenal trainee, while a salary in the region of £50,000 a week, tripling his current wages, will bring financial security for life. With Mourinho not expected to have a significant transfer kitty in the summer, Sidwell's availability on a Bosman free transfer is appealing to the west London club. Sidwell is expected to confirm his decision after Sunday's end of the season. http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,,2075350,00.html Sorry if this has already been posted, but I didn't see it. I hope this isn't true. I rather wanted Sidwell to join the side. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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