Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Cats Might Only 'Phil' One Spot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Cats Might Only 'Phil' One Spot

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Byline: Luke Edwards

ROY Keane completed the signing of highly-rated Manchester United defender Jonny Evans yesterday, but the Irishman fears he will miss out on full-back Phil Bardsley.

Evans, a Northern Ireland international who spent the first half of the season playing in Belgium with Royal Antwerp, has agreed to join the Wearsiders on loan until the end of the season and the 20-year-old has impressed Keane with his enthusiasm for the switch.

But Bardsley, who began the season with Glasgow Rangers before falling out with manager Paul Le Guen - who left the club yesterday - appears to be rather less enamoured with the idea of signing up for Sunderland's promotion push after telling Keane he is also talking to a Premiership club.

Keane said: "Jonny came up to the North-East with me on Wednesday night. He trained on Thursday morning and he's delighted to be here.

"He's been so enthusiastic since the moment I spoke to him and that's great, he can't wait to get started.

He can play at left-back - he's played there for his country and enjoyed it - but I see him as a centre half. It's good for him to be back in England and playing.

"I've had no news from Phil Bardsley. I spoke to him the other night, but he said he was speaking to a team from the Premiership as well.

"Obviously, the longer it goes on, the more worried you get. We've put a good offer to him and, if he accepts it, all well and good.

If he doesn't, then life will go on and I'll wish him well. The longer it goes on without any news, the more worried you get."

Keane has also been linked with a move for Liverpool fullback Stephen Warnock, but all he would say last night is that the 25- year is a good player.

He added: "There's been a lot of talk about Stephen Warnock from agents and newspapers, but I think the lad has only just come back from injury.

"He's a good player, but there's nothing to report. We've made offers for a couple of players and, by the middle of next week, we're hoping that we might have another couple on board. We're making progress on possibly two players, maybe three."

Neill Collins completed a permanent move to Wolverhampton Wanderers last night. …

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