Guardian journo David Hytner reports that ‘Boro defender Jonathan Woodgate is having a long chin stroking session over whether to stay in the northeast and sign for Newcastle or to move down to London and play for Spurs. Both teams’ managers have obvious reasons to want to sign the former Real Madrid defender, with Juande Ramos presiding over a side with an extremely porous defence, and Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan not fancying his defensive options either. Hytner writes:
“Woodgate earns some £65,000 a week at Middlesbrough, with a percentage understood to be contributed by Real Madrid, whom he left for the Riverside in a £7m deal. Newcastle would have no trouble in matching those wages but they might represent a problem to Tottenham, where the wage ceiling is £50,000 a week.”
So who will Woodgate opt to sign for?