Report: Newcastle United want to sell Mike Williamson, Leeds United did not meet valuation

The central defender is believed to be one of the players Steve McClaren would like to move on this summer.

Newcastle United have been universally praised for the players they have brought through the door this summer, unfortunately shifting some of the deadweight has proven more problematic.

One such name who will be moved on, particularly after the arrival of Chancel Mbemba, is Mike Williamson.

The former Portsmouth defender struggled for his best form last term and it is widely believed Newcastle would like to see him out of the exit door this summer.

One team that reportedly showed an interest in his services were Leeds United. The Championship side were reported as keen by The Mirror at the start of last month. They claimed Leeds were after an experienced British defender, with Williamson on their list.

In the end Leeds finally got hold of Sol Bamba, but The Chronicle today reported that Leeds and Newcastle could not agree on a fee.

They claim that Leeds were interested but that nobody, as yet, has met their valuation for the experienced central defender.

Should Leeds move for Williamson?

The short answer is no. In Bamba and Giuseppe Bellusci they have two players better than Williamson and Liam Cooper is at least on par.

The 31-year-old would be a step backwards from Leeds and barely an improvement on what they already have. Add to that what are likely to be considerable wages and Leeds were right to not meet the Newcastle valuation for Williamson.

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